Little Whispers, Mikhaila Manalastas

Little Ways

First Reading
ROM 1:1-7

Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus,
called to be an Apostle and set apart for the Gospel of God,
which he promised previously through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,
the Gospel about his Son, descended from David according to the flesh,
but established as Son of God in power
according to the Spirit of holiness
through resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Through him we have received the grace of apostleship,
to bring about the obedience of faith,
for the sake of his name, among all the Gentiles,
among whom are you also, who are called to belong to Jesus Christ;
to all the beloved of God in Rome, called to be holy.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 98:1BCDE, 2-3AB, 3CD-4
R. (2a) The Lord has made known his salvation.

Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.
The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.

Gospel
LK 11:29-32

While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them,
“This generation is an evil generation;
it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it,
except the sign of Jonah.
Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites,
so will the Son of Man be to this generation.
At the judgment
the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation
and she will condemn them,
because she came from the ends of the earth
to hear the wisdom of Solomon,
and there is something greater than Solomon here.
At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation
and condemn it,
because at the preaching of Jonah they repented,
and there is something greater than Jonah here.”


praying-with-children

“Because at the preaching of Jonah they repented,
and there is something greater than Jonah here.”  (Luke 11:32)

REFLECTION

When I was a kid, I used to be active in all our neighborhood’s spiritual events. I would always pray the rosary with my playmates every night. Every holy week, I would always drop my video games and join the stations of the cross. These are traditions that never get old. But now, if you will observe, kids these days hardly do these things anymore.

I stopped praying the rosary and participating in the stations of the cross when I got preoccupied with school and other stuff. It actually felt like a corny thing to do because I was scared that  people would judge me. I admit that this generation has taken these traditions as an “old thing”. But when I stopped praying, I felt incomplete. I have realized that there are a lot of ways to prove your faith to God; it’s not just praying the rosary and such. It can be in your own little ways.

This world can be a little harsh at times, and praying is my only escape. He is the only one who can comfort me when I feel miserable. And I believe as long as you are praying, no one can ever bring you down. As a way of giving back to all his blessings, I try my best to spread His word to the new generation.

Prayer

Lord, I pray that you would guide our generation.

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