Diego Reyes, Little Whispers

Field Trips

First Reading
NEH 8:1-4A, 5-6, 7B-12

The whole people gathered as one in the open space before the Water Gate,
and they called upon Ezra the scribe
to bring forth the book of the law of Moses
which the LORD prescribed for Israel.
On the first day of the seventh month, therefore,
Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly,
which consisted of men, women,
and those children old enough to understand.
Standing at one end of the open place that was before the Water Gate,
he read out of the book from daybreak until midday,
in the presence of the men, the women,
and those children old enough to understand;
and all the people listened attentively to the book of the law.
Ezra the scribe stood on a wooden platform
that had been made for the occasion.
He opened the scroll
so that all the people might see it
(for he was standing higher up than any of the people);
and, as he opened it, all the people rose.
Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God,
and all the people, their hands raised high, answered,
“Amen, amen!”
Then they bowed down and prostrated themselves before the LORD,
their faces to the ground.
As the people remained in their places,
Ezra read plainly from the book of the law of God,
interpreting it so that all could understand what was read.
Then Nehemiah, that is, His Excellency, and Ezra the priest-scribe
and the Levites who were instructing the people
said to all the people:
“Today is holy to the LORD your God.
Do not be sad, and do not weep”–
for all the people were weeping as they heard the words of the law.
He said further: “Go, eat rich foods and drink sweet drinks,
and allot portions to those who had nothing prepared;
for today is holy to our LORD.
Do not be saddened this day,
for rejoicing in the LORD must be your strength!”
And the Levites quieted all the people, saying,
“Hush, for today is holy, and you must not be saddened.”
Then all the people went to eat and drink,
to distribute portions, and to celebrate with great joy,
for they understood the words that had been expounded to them.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 19:8, 9, 10, 11

R. (9ab) The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul;
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.
R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
The precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
The command of the LORD is clear,
enlightening the eye;
R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever;
The ordinances of the LORD are true,
all of them just.
R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
They are more precious than gold,
than a heap of purest gold;
Sweeter also than syrup
or honey from the comb.
R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
Alleluia MARK 1:15

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Kingdom of God is at hand;
repent and believe in the Gospel.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel
LK 10:1-12

Jesus appointed seventy-two other disciples
whom he sent ahead of him in pairs
to every town and place he intended to visit.
He said to them,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.
Go on your way;
behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals;
and greet no one along the way.
Into whatever house you enter, first say,
‘Peace to this household.’
If a peaceful person lives there,
your peace will rest on him;
but if not, it will return to you.
Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you,
for the laborer deserves his payment.
Do not move about from one house to another.
Whatever town you enter and they welcome you,
eat what is set before you,
cure the sick in it and say to them,
‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.’
Whatever town you enter and they do not receive you,
go out into the streets and say,
‘The dust of your town that clings to our feet,
even that we shake off against you.’
Yet know this: the Kingdom of God is at hand.
I tell you,
it will be more tolerable for Sodom on that day than for that town.”

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“Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals and greet no one along the way.” (Luke 10:4)

REFLECTION

Field trips were my favorite part of the school year back when I was still in Grade School! I loved the idea of running outside in open fields, learning new things in museums and hiking trails in the forest.

I would always remember attending the orientation for the field trip. It was usually held 2-3 days before the actual trip, and see myself looking at the teachers with that unmistakable glint in my eyes, full of excitement at what is to come. During the orientation, there were reminders on the do’s and don’t’s, and the different hand signals that we would be using for the trip. One thing I would always remember was whenever they announce the different things we needed to bring for the trip.

 A jug of water. A handkerchief. Packed meals. Snacks. These are some of the few essentials that everyone knows about. They would always tell us to pack light, but I always go overboard and pack a lot of things! I always thought this would be helpful because I’d have lots of things to carry, lots of things to play around with. As it turns out, I was wrong. Field trips are full of hiking around dirty, rugged trails and carrying a big bag filled with all sorts of things is usually not a good idea. I always ended up being the last because I was carrying so many things that I cannot keep up with my classmates. Not only did I end up burdening myself, I brought so many things that I would always lose some of them along the trip.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus teaches us the importance of packing light. The world is a crooked place with narrow roads. Jesus wants you to lighten your load. Lighten up your heart. Lighten up your mind. He knows that you are carrying a lot of stuff, problems, disappointments and failures. But He is now reminding you to empty yourself. Empty yourself, so that in the process, Jesus will be able to fill you with joy, peace and love!

Prayer

Father, help me empty myself today. Take away all my burdens, lighten up my heart. Fill me up with Your love. Amen.

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