Little Whispers, TJ Rodriguez

God’s Word

First Reading
JL 1:13-15; 2:1-2

Gird yourselves and weep, O priests!
wail, O ministers of the altar!
Come, spend the night in sackcloth,
O ministers of my God!
The house of your God is deprived
of offering and libation.
Proclaim a fast,
call an assembly;
Gather the elders,
all who dwell in the land,
Into the house of the LORD, your God,
and cry to the LORD!

Alas, the day!
for near is the day of the LORD,
and it comes as ruin from the Almighty.

Blow the trumpet in Zion,
sound the alarm on my holy mountain!
Let all who dwell in the land tremble,
for the day of the LORD is coming;
Yes, it is near, a day of darkness and of gloom,
a day of clouds and somberness!
Like dawn spreading over the mountains,
a people numerous and mighty!
Their like has not been from of old,
nor will it be after them,
even to the years of distant generations.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 9:2-3, 6 AND 16, 8-9
R. (9) The Lord will judge the world with justice.

I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart;
I will declare all your wondrous deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, Most High.
R. The Lord will judge the world with justice.
You rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
their name you blotted out forever and ever.
The nations are sunk in the pit they have made;
in the snare they set, their foot is caught.
R. The Lord will judge the world with justice.
But the LORD sits enthroned forever;
he has set up his throne for judgment.
He judges the world with justice;
he governs the peoples with equity.
R. The Lord will judge the world with justice.

Gospel
LK 11:15-26

When Jesus had driven out a demon, some of the crowd said:
“By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons,
he drives out demons.”
Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven.
But he knew their thoughts and said to them,
“Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste
and house will fall against house.
And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand?
For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons.
If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul,
by whom do your own people drive them out?
Therefore they will be your judges.
But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons,
then the Kingdom of God has come upon you.
When a strong man fully armed guards his palace,
his possessions are safe.
But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him,
he takes away the armor on which he relied
and distributes the spoils.
Whoever is not with me is against me,
and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

“When an unclean spirit goes out of someone,
it roams through arid regions searching for rest
but, finding none, it says,
‘I shall return to my home from which I came.’
But upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order.
Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits
more wicked than itself who move in and dwell there,
and the last condition of that man is worse than the first.”


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“Whoever is not with me is against, and whoever does not gather with me scatters” (Luke 11:23)

REFLECTION
Recently, I feel lost. Sometimes I don’t even know what’s going on with my life. I feel like I’m in auto-pilot and I do the same thing over and over again. Because of this, I get tired and worthless. I feel unmotivated, dry, and pessimistic. Many things have gone wrong–my studies, relationships, and even my prayer life. A part of me went missing, and I wander and search for what has been lost.

What helped me get back on track is prayer along with reading Little Whispers. I prayed and prayed as I asked for enlightenment. I pray because it helps me reconnect with God, and He knows that I’m with Him. My prayers are answered as I read the reflections of my fellow youth members. It is so inspiring how our writers could capture God’s message and interpret it in such a way that they bless other people’s lives. God is with them because they too, are with God. Not only are their reflections inspiring but their prayers make a big difference as well. These writers can heal and save lives for they have become God’s instrument in proclaiming His word. I can say, they have healed me.

My dear readers, let us find comfort in God’s words. When we are lost and cannot find our way, God’s words will always be our guide. It is our assurance that we are saved because He is all good and will never leave our side.

Prayer
Lord, thank you for the gift of your word. Thank you for sharing it to us so that we may share it to others. Father, bless those who have found comfort in your word for they have witnessed your mercy, grace, and unending love. Through them, we have been healed. They have changed our lives so that we may be with you in all the days of our lives. Amen.

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