Bryan Sy, Little Whispers

Rant

First Reading
ROM 2:1-11

You, O man, are without excuse, every one of you who passes judgment.
For by the standard by which you judge another you condemn yourself,
since you, the judge, do the very same things.
We know that the judgment of God on those who do such things is true.
Do you suppose, then, you who judge those who engage in such things
and yet do them yourself,
that you will escape the judgment of God?
Or do you hold his priceless kindness, forbearance, and patience
in low esteem, unaware that the kindness of God
would lead you to repentance?
By your stubbornness and impenitent heart,
you are storing up wrath for yourself
for the day of wrath and revelation
of the just judgment of God,
who will repay everyone according to his works,
eternal life to those who seek glory, honor, and immortality
through perseverance in good works,
but wrath and fury to those who selfishly disobey the truth
and obey wickedness.
Yes, affliction and distress will come upon everyone
who does evil, Jew first and then Greek.
But there will be glory, honor, and peace for everyone
who does good, Jew first and then Greek.
There is no partiality with God.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 62:2-3, 6-7, 9
R. (13b) Lord, you give back to everyone according to his works.

Only in God is my soul at rest;
from him comes my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed at all.
R. Lord, you give back to everyone according to his works.
Only in God be at rest, my soul,
for from him comes my hope.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed.
R. Lord, you give back to everyone according to his works.
Trust in him at all times, O my people!
Pour out your hearts before him;
God is our refuge!
R. Lord, you give back to everyone according to his works.

Gospel
LK 11:42-46

The Lord said:
“Woe to you Pharisees!
You pay tithes of mint and of rue and of every garden herb,
but you pay no attention to judgment and to love for God.
These you should have done, without overlooking the others.
Woe to you Pharisees!
You love the seat of honor in synagogues
and greetings in marketplaces.
Woe to you!
You are like unseen graves over which people unknowingly walk.”

Then one of the scholars of the law said to him in reply,
“Teacher, by saying this you are insulting us too.”
And he said, “Woe also to you scholars of the law!
You impose on people burdens hard to carry,
but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them.”


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“Or do you hold his priceless kindness, forbearance, and patience in low esteem, unaware that the kindness of God would lead you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4)

REFLECTION
It is my hobby to share articles and state my opinion on social issues in my Facebook feed. Every time my friends see my name in their feed, they already know that it is a rant before they even read it. It got worse until it reached the point that it became my personality. I rant and complain everyday especially about my daily routine.

“Traffic na naman, pasaway kasi mga jeep.” (Stuck in traffic again because of these jeeps)

“Ang haba ng pila sa LRT, ang bagal kasi ng cashier.” (LRT’s line is so long, and its all because of these slow cashiers.)

“Ang daming projects, plates, and quizzes.” (I have lots of projects, plates and quizzes.)

I also admit that sometimes I blame God and ask Him, “Why do you let these things happen to me, Lord?”

Recently, I lost my wallet containing cash, cards, and IDs inside a church. I was hoping that the person who found my wallet would contact me because I lost it in a sacred place. Next day came, I checked my phone but still no text message nor missed calls. Instead of summoning my inner beast of ranting, I reflected and thought  that the person needed my wallet more than I needed it and he may be struggling more than me. I’ve been blinded the whole time. Blinded by the negative things that I forget to see the positive side of every situation. Blinded from seeing all good things that has happened to me, all the blessings that came in my life.

Most of the time, we tend to focus too much on the earthly things that we see, to the point that we fail to appreciate His effort. We also forget that not everything will take place the way we want it to be. Despite our own loss and all the bad things that happened to us, we just need to look on the brighter half of our life. It may be tough and difficult to bear, but the Lord is just trying to tell us that we can and who knows! It might be for the sake of other people. Brothers and sisters, let’s just try to be more understanding and thankful as much as He is to us.

Reflection Song

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