Little Whispers, Robby Fernandez

Faith Beyond Fact

First Reading
DN 7:9-10, 13-14

As I watched:

Thrones were set up
and the Ancient One took his throne.
His clothing was bright as snow,
and the hair on his head as white as wool;
His throne was flames of fire,
with wheels of burning fire.
A surging stream of fire
flowed out from where he sat;
Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,
and myriads upon myriads attended him.

The court was convened, and the books were opened.
As the visions during the night continued, I saw

One like a son of man coming,
on the clouds of heaven;
When he reached the Ancient One
and was presented before him,
He received dominion, glory, and kingship;
nations and peoples of every language serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not be taken away,
his kingship shall not be destroyed.
Or RV 12:7-12AB

War broke out in heaven;
Michael and his angels battled against the dragon.
The dragon and its angels fought back,
but they did not prevail
and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.
The huge dragon, the ancient serpent,
who is called the Devil and Satan,
who deceived the whole world,
was thrown down to earth,
and its angels were thrown down with it.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have salvation and power come,
and the Kingdom of our God
and the authority of his Anointed.
For the accuser of our brothers is cast out,
who accuses them before our God day and night.
They conquered him by the Blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
love for life did not deter them from death.
Therefore, rejoice, you heavens,
and you who dwell in them.”

Responsorial Psalm
PS 138:1-2AB, 2CDE-3, 4-5

R. (1) In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.
I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart,
for you have heard the words of my mouth;
in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise;
I will worship at your holy temple
and give thanks to your name.
R. In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.
Because of your kindness and your truth;
for you have made great above all things
your name and your promise.
When I called, you answered me;
you built up strength within me.
R. In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.
All the kings of the earth shall give thanks to you, O LORD
when they hear the words of your mouth;
And they shall sing of the ways of the LORD
“Great is the glory of the LORD.”
R. In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.

JN 1:47-51

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him,
“Here is a true child of Israel.
There is no duplicity in him.”
Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.”
Nathanael answered him,
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Do you believe
because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?
You will see greater things than this.”
And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
you will see heaven opened
and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”



“Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?” (John 1:50)


I have a very close friend named Google. Every time a question or a thought pops up in my head, I immediately find a way to talk to him about it. My search history contains everything from the distance of the Moon from the Earth, to General Antonio Luna’s achievements. I love to focus on facts, no matter how pointless they may be.

This, however, was not always a good thing. This habit becomes problematic when my life runs into difficult moments. After experiencing difficulties in my Engineering course, I was forced to shift out and study something else. Why did this happen to me? At first, I based the answer on facts – it happened because I wasn’t good enough. I felt so rejected and unworthy of anything, because all my life, I was made to feel proud about being the smart kid. Right then, I became nothing. I had to tell my parents that my journey in Engineering was over.

I thought for sure that they were going to get mad, but instead my revelation was met with love. Mommy and Daddy looked at me with eyes that made me feel like the same smart kid that they had always been proud of. They assured me that there would be another course that was a better fit for me. I couldn’t hold back the tears, because I knew that nothing mattered as much as the fact that they continued to believe in me. Mommy and Daddy looked beyond to see the person behind the test score. They saw me.

No Google search could ever explain to you how real God’s love is in our lives. That’s because faith goes beyond fact. His love is of a kind that overcomes reason – it is unconditional and never-ending. And that crazy, senseless, yet selfless love is exactly the kind we need.




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