Jorel Borromeo, Little Whispers

Oy, Direk!

First Reading
ZEC 8:1-8

This word of the LORD of hosts came:

Thus says the LORD of hosts:

I am intensely jealous for Zion,
stirred to jealous wrath for her.
Thus says the LORD:
I will return to Zion,
and I will dwell within Jerusalem;
Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city,
and the mountain of the LORD of hosts,
the holy mountain.

Thus says the LORD of hosts: Old men and old women,
each with staff in hand because of old age,
shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem.
The city shall be filled with boys and girls playing in its streets.
Thus says the LORD of hosts:
Even if this should seem impossible
in the eyes of the remnant of this people,
shall it in those days be impossible in my eyes also,
says the LORD of hosts?
Thus says the LORD of hosts:
Lo, I will rescue my people from the land of the rising sun,
and from the land of the setting sun.
I will bring them back to dwell within Jerusalem.
They shall be my people, and I will be their God,
with faithfulness and justice.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 102:16-18, 19-21, 29 AND 22-23
R. (17) The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.

The nations shall revere your name, O LORD,
and all the kings of the earth your glory,
When the LORD has rebuilt Zion
and appeared in his glory;
When he has regarded the prayer of the destitute,
and not despised their prayer.
R. The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.
Let this be written for the generation to come,
and let his future creatures praise the LORD:
“The LORD looked down from his holy height,
from heaven he beheld the earth,
To hear the groaning of the prisoners,
to release those doomed to die.”
R. The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.
The children of your servants shall abide,
and their posterity shall continue in your presence.
That the name of the LORD may be declared in Zion;
and his praise, in Jerusalem,
When the peoples gather together,
and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.
R. The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.

Gospel
LK 9:46-50

An argument arose among the disciples
about which of them was the greatest.
Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child
and placed it by his side and said to them,
“Whoever receives this child in my name receives me,
and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.
For the one who is least among all of you
is the one who is the greatest.”

Then John said in reply,
“Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name
and we tried to prevent him
because he does not follow in our company.”
Jesus said to him,
“Do not prevent him, for whoever is not against you is for you.”


A yellow person with the symbolic smiley face stands out in a crowd

For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest. (Luke 9:45)

REFLECTION

Recently, my friends and I have been given an indie movie trailer project. I expected myself to be some sort of a grip (one who works on stands and scaffolds in a production), or lighting assistant (one who works on… uh…. Lights), since my friends are more experienced than I am, and I am the least confident among us when it comes to these kinds of work.

To my surprise, I was assigned to a bigger role: Assistant Director.

That means that I have to talk directly to the director, talk to the actors, talk to the crew, manage the time we have, and make sure that every shot is well coordinated. I was overwhelmed by the role, but at the same time, it was a humbling experience.

I had the “pros” guiding me on what to do, on how to manage the people I’m working with, and most of all, to get the job done.

My dear friends, this experience reminds me of today’s little whisper. Being the least doesn’t mean you’re the weakest or worst! It simply means that the Lord sees more room in you to fill with His gifts! So don’t be afraid to embrace your weakness, or being labeled the “least”. Offer it up to the Lord, and surely He will turn you from the least to the greatest.
Prayer

Lord, today, I embrace the fact that I am weak. I offer this weakness in your name, and pray that you turn it around, all for your glory. I claim that in my weakness, your power is made perfect. Amen.

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