Little Whispers, Tam Rodriguez

The Protagonist

First Reading
JL 4:12-21

Thus says the LORD:
Let the nations bestir themselves and come up
to the Valley of Jehoshaphat;
For there will I sit in judgment
upon all the neighboring nations.

Apply the sickle,
for the harvest is ripe;
Come and tread,
for the wine press is full;
The vats overflow,
for great is their malice.
Crowd upon crowd
in the valley of decision;
For near is the day of the LORD
in the valley of decision.
Sun and moon are darkened,
and the stars withhold their brightness.
The LORD roars from Zion,
and from Jerusalem raises his voice;
The heavens and the earth quake,
but the LORD is a refuge to his people,
a stronghold to the children of Israel.

Then shall you know that I, the LORD, am your God,
dwelling on Zion, my holy mountain;
Jerusalem shall be holy,
and strangers shall pass through her no more.
And then, on that day,
the mountains shall drip new wine,
and the hills shall flow with milk;
And the channels of Judah
shall flow with water:
A fountain shall issue from the house of the LORD,
to water the Valley of Shittim.
Egypt shall be a waste,
and Edom a desert waste,
Because of violence done to the people of Judah,
because they shed innocent blood in their land.
But Judah shall abide forever,
and Jerusalem for all generations.
I will avenge their blood,
and not leave it unpunished.
The LORD dwells in Zion.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12
R. (12a) Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;
let the many isles be glad.
Clouds and darkness are round about him,
justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne.
R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
before the LORD of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his justice,
and all peoples see his glory.
R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
Light dawns for the just;
and gladness, for the upright of heart.
Be glad in the LORD, you just,
and give thanks to his holy name.
R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

Gospel
LK 11:27-28

While Jesus was speaking,
a woman from the crowd called out and said to him,
“Blessed is the womb that carried you
and the breasts at which you nursed.”
He replied, “Rather, blessed are those
who hear the word of God and observe it.”


imagine

“Light dawns for the just; gladness, for the honest of heart.”( Psalms 97: 11)

REFLECTION
Back when I was a kid, the world around me was like a fantasy land where I was the protagonist in a magical journey.

It all started when I was 7 years old, when my aunt gave me a sword that was as big as my body and a gun that was as heavy as myself.  I was so happy that it felt like I was the Red Ranger in the Power Rangers series and everyday after school was a beginning of a new adventure. There were times when I grabbed some of my friends outside and made them join me in my epic quests. Our usual setting would be the abandoned lot in our old neighborhood where there were different kinds of trees and wild life and that is where our imagination took hold of our time. We used to climb the tallest tree and scout the area, and underneath it was our base camp where we would set up our gear before we attacked our enemies. Our usual encounters were The Lioness Cat, The Rabid Dog, and the Soaring Chicken. We were filled with this overwhelming joy every time we would set to go on a quest. At the end of the day, a whole new story happened.

Sadly, every fantasy must come to an end. The inevitable truth will always creep up on us but that doesn’t mean it should rule us. But don’t worry for God has a solution. He wants us to have a persona like a child who has an honest heart and a mind that is just.

Prayer
Father God I pray that you give me the sense of responsibility of an adult, and fantasy of a child. Amen.

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