Bea Rondario, Little Whispers

People Pleaser

First Reading
ROM 4:1-8

Brothers and sisters:
What can we say that Abraham found,
our ancestor according to the flesh?
Indeed, if Abraham was justified on the basis of his works,
he has reason to boast;
but this was not so in the sight of God.
For what does the Scripture say?
Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.
A worker’s wage is credited not as a gift, but as something due.
But when one does not work,
yet believes in the one who justifies the ungodly,
his faith is credited as righteousness.
So also David declares the blessedness of the person
to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven
and whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not record.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 32:1B-2, 5, 11
R. (see 7) I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.

Blessed is he whose fault is taken away,
whose sin is covered.
Blessed the man to whom the LORD imputes not guilt,
in whose spirit there is no guile.
R. I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.
Then I acknowledged my sin to you,
my guilt I covered not.
I said, “I confess my faults to the LORD,”
and you took away the guilt of my sin.
R. I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.
Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you just;
exult, all you upright of heart.
R. I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.

Gospel
LK 12:1-7

At that time:
So many people were crowding together
that they were trampling one another underfoot.
Jesus began to speak, first to his disciples,
“Beware of the leaven–that is, the hypocrisy–of the Pharisees.

“There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed,
nor secret that will not be known.
Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness
will be heard in the light,
and what you have whispered behind closed doors
will be proclaimed on the housetops.
I tell you, my friends,
do not be afraid of those who kill the body
but after that can do no more.
I shall show you whom to fear.
Be afraid of the one who after killing
has the power to cast into Gehenna;
yes, I tell you, be afraid of that one.
Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins?
Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God.
Even the hairs of your head have all been counted.
Do not be afraid.
You are worth more than many sparrows.”


people pleaser

“Don’t be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:7)

REFLECTION
I am the kind of person who has always questioned her worth.

You see, I’m a people pleaser. And I get sad whenever someone’s disappointed with me, because while I’m a very cheerful person, I have a lot of insecurities. I would secretly compete with my siblings for my parents’ attention and love. I would constantly ask my mom who her favorite child is and would do everything in my power for her to say it’s me.

When I was in college, I made a really big mistake. I hurt my mom’s feelings and she stopped trusting me. And being the people pleaser that I am, I did my best to gain her trust back. Unfortunately, it was just too hard to do, and I only felt sadder and sadder until I began to feel worthless. When I started to accept that maybe I wasn’t worthy of her trust, every aspect of my life was affected. I was afraid to do things and accept responsibilities because I was too afraid to fail. I was paralyzed because I believed in my lack of worth so much. And so I missed a lot of great opportunities just because of the way I viewed myself. That was when I started to pray. I realized that I was praying for the wrong things all along. I was praying for other people’s acceptance when I should have been praying for self-acceptance. I was too caught up with the thought of people thinking that I was worthless that I forgot what I was to God. To God, I am worth everything.

My friend, if you ever feel unloved as if you are worth nothing, just think of God’s love for us. His great love alone can fill all the pain, sadness, lack of forgiveness, and unworthiness that we feel. You just have to learn how to trust Him and accept His love.

Prayer
Lord, thank you for loving me unconditionally. I pray that You may help me accept Your love everyday, and give me such strength to love like You. Amen.

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