Little Whispers, Nikki Miranda

Dress Up

First Reading
ROM 1:16-25

Brothers and sisters:
I am not ashamed of the Gospel.
It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes:
for Jew first, and then Greek.
For in it is revealed the righteousness of God from faith to faith;
as it is written, “The one who is righteous by faith will live.”

The wrath of God is indeed being revealed from heaven
against every impiety and wickedness
of those who suppress the truth by their wickedness.
For what can be known about God is evident to them,
because God made it evident to them.
Ever since the creation of the world,
his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity
have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made.
As a result, they have no excuse;
for although they knew God
they did not accord him glory as God or give him thanks.
Instead, they became vain in their reasoning,
and their senseless minds were darkened.
While claiming to be wise, they became fools
and exchanged the glory of the immortal God
for the likeness of an image of mortal man
or of birds or of four-legged animals or of snakes.

Therefore, God handed them over to impurity
through the lusts of their hearts
for the mutual degradation of their bodies.
They exchanged the truth of God for a lie
and revered and worshiped the creature rather than the creator,
who is blessed forever. Amen.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 19:2-3, 4-5
R. (2a) The heavens proclaim the glory of God.

The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day pours out the word to day,
and night to night imparts knowledge.
R. The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
Not a word nor a discourse
whose voice is not heard;
Through all the earth their voice resounds,
and to the ends of the world, their message.
R. The heavens proclaim the glory of God.

Gospel
LK 11:37-41

After Jesus had spoken,
a Pharisee invited him to dine at his home.
He entered and reclined at table to eat.
The Pharisee was amazed to see
that he did not observe the prescribed washing before the meal.
The Lord said to him, “Oh you Pharisees!
Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish,
inside you are filled with plunder and evil.
You fools!
Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside?
But as to what is within, give alms,
and behold, everything will be clean for you.”


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“You fools! Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside?.” (Luke 11:40)

REFLECTION

I have always liked dressing up since I was little. I would always ask my Dad to give me enough “shopping money” every time we go to the mall and shop for the latest and prettiest fashion trends. Until now, not a day would pass by without me having to browse websites or watch videos about fashion since I don’t have the time to go to the mall anymore.

I would always try out the things I want to buy and see if it looks good on me.

Just this Friday, since classes got canceled due to the bad weather, I went with my mom to the Mall. I was so excited to see new clothes and know about the latest trends. But before that, we went to the Chapel inside the mall to hear mass since it was the First Friday of the month. While we were walking towards the Chapel my mom said “Halika Nikki magconfess tayo.(Nikki, lets go to confession.)

I refused to go and confess because I was not prepared. But I had no choice, eventually I gave in to my mom.

I was like the Pharisees who didn’t care much about their inner self but cared more about the outer appearance. Dressing up and looking good on the outside does may matter, but it is what is in the inside that matters the most.

Prayer
Lord, send your spirit upon us so that we may be cleansed inside and out.

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