Little Whispers, Rani del Rosario Danac

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First Reading
ZEC 2:5-9, 14-15A

I, Zechariah, raised my eyes and looked:
there was a man with a measuring line in his hand.
I asked, “Where are you going?”
He answered, “To measure Jerusalem,
to see how great is its width and how great its length.”

Then the angel who spoke with me advanced,
and another angel came out to meet him and said to him,
“Run, tell this to that young man:
People will live in Jerusalem as though in open country,
because of the multitude of men and beasts in her midst.
But I will be for her an encircling wall of fire, says the LORD,
and I will be the glory in her midst.”

Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion!
See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.
Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day,
and they shall be his people and he will dwell among you.

Responsorial Psalm
JEREMIAH 31:10, 11-12AB, 13
R. (see 10d) The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.

Hear the word of the LORD, O nations,
proclaim it on distant isles, and say:
He who scattered Israel, now gathers them together,
he guards them as a shepherd guards his flock.
R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.
The LORD shall ransom Jacob,
he shall redeem him from the hand of his conqueror.
Shouting, they shall mount the heights of Zion,
they shall come streaming to the LORD’s blessings.
R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.
Then the virgins shall make merry and dance,
and young men and old as well.
I will turn their mourning into joy,
I will console and gladden them after their sorrows.
R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.

Gospel
LK 9:43B-45

While they were all amazed at his every deed,
Jesus said to his disciples,
“Pay attention to what I am telling you.
The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.”
But they did not understand this saying;
its meaning was hidden from them
so that they should not understand it,
and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.


student nurse

“The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.” (Jeremiah 31:10)

REFLECTION
I started having my duty in the hospital as a student nurse three weeks ago. At first, I was really excited because we would actually get to interact with real patients! But when I was about to talk to my first patient, I started feeling nervous. I started to ask myself.

 “Am I really ready for this?”

“What if I do everything wrong?”

“What if I don’t know what I’m supposed to do?”

What made me even more nervous was the fact that my clinical instructor said “Remember, there is no room for mistakes. We are dealing with lives, people!”

I took a deep breath and let all my thoughts go. I just kept thinking to myself, “I can do this!”

Three weeks later, we finished our first shift. It wasn’t easy balancing duty and academics. The amount of paper work and reviewing that we had to do was unimaginable. Sleepless nights were normal. Having free time actually felt weird already. But hey, I made it! I finished an entire grading period being able to keep up with all the requirements that were asked of me.

Today, the Lord reminds us that He is with us in whatever we do. We must never be afraid for He is always there to guide us. It is stated in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Believe and trust, for God is with us 24/7.

Prayer
Lord Jesus, thank you for guiding me each and every day. Open my eyes to all the little blessings that you are showering me with.

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