Little Whispers, TJ Dizon

The Bigger Picture

First Reading
ROM 4:13, 16-18

Brothers and sisters:
It was not through the law
that the promise was made to Abraham and his descendants
that he would inherit the world,
but through the righteousness that comes from faith.
For this reason, it depends on faith,
so that it may be a gift,
and the promise may be guaranteed to all his descendants,
not to those who only adhere to the law
but to those who follow the faith of Abraham,
who is the father of all of us, as it is written,
I have made you father of many nations.
He is our father in the sight of God,
in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead
and calls into being what does not exist.
He believed, hoping against hope,
that he would become the father of many nations,
according to what was said, Thus shall your descendants be.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 105:6-7, 8-9, 42-43
R. (8a) The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

You descendants of Abraham, his servants,
sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
He, the LORD, is our God;
throughout the earth his judgments prevail.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
He remembers forever his covenant
which he made binding for a thousand generations –
Which he entered into with Abraham
and by his oath to Isaac.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
For he remembered his holy word
to his servant Abraham.
And he led forth his people with joy;
with shouts of joy, his chosen ones.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

Gospel
LK 12:8-12

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I tell you,
everyone who acknowledges me before others
the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God.
But whoever denies me before others
will be denied before the angels of God.

“Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven,
but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit
will not be forgiven.
When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities,
do not worry about how or what your defense will be
or about what you are to say.
For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.”


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“For this reason, it depends on faith, so that it may be a gift, and the promise may be guaranteed to all his descendants…” (Romans 4:16)

REFLECTION
I love to reminisce.

If there’s one thing that only a few people know about me, it’s that I love recalling the precious memories of my life. Before I sleep, I would find myself looking at pictures and videos of my past memories, most especially the happy ones. It would always remind me of that wonderful feeling or that laughter I had in a moment. I remember these memories especially when I feel down or bad about myself. I recall the times when I did good; the moments when I felt that I’m a better person.

I believe that God sees what we don’t always see. This is how God works when we sin or lack faith in Him. He looks at the bigger picture. He looks at the full version of us, and not bit by bit. In fact, He sees everything about you and sees hope in the big picture. God does not need to reminisce. He always finds something beautiful in us.

You are more beautiful than you think.

Prayer
Lord, I am sorry for all of my sins. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for always lifting me and giving me the hope that I need. Amen.

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