Diego Reyes, Little Whispers

College Boy

First Reading
ROM 6:12-18

Brothers and sisters:
Sin must not reign over your mortal bodies
so that you obey their desires.
And do not present the parts of your bodies to sin
as weapons for wickedness,
but present yourselves to God as raised from the dead to life
and the parts of your bodies to God
as weapons for righteousness.
For sin is not to have any power over you,
since you are not under the law but under grace.

What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law
but under grace?
Of course not!
Do you not know that if you present yourselves
to someone as obedient slaves,
you are slaves of the one you obey,
either of sin, which leads to death,
or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?
But thanks be to God that, although you were once slaves of sin,
you have become obedient from the heart
to the pattern of teaching to which you were entrusted.
Freed from sin, you have become slaves of righteousness.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 124:1B-3, 4-6, 7-8
R. (8a) Our help is in the name of the Lord.

Had not the LORD been with us,
let Israel say, had not the LORD been with us–
When men rose up against us,
then would they have swallowed us alive;
When their fury was inflamed against us.
R. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
Then would the waters have overwhelmed us;
The torrent would have swept over us;
over us then would have swept the raging waters.
Blessed be the LORD, who did not leave us
a prey to their teeth.
R. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
We were rescued like a bird
from the fowlers’ snare;
Broken was the snare,
and we were freed.
Our help is in the name of the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
R. Our help is in the name of the Lord.

Gospel
LK 12:39-48

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be sure of this:
if the master of the house had known the hour
when the thief was coming,
he would not have let his house be broken into.
You also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

Then Peter said,
“Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?”
And the Lord replied,
“Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward
whom the master will put in charge of his servants
to distribute the food allowance at the proper time?
Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so.
Truly, I say to you, he will put him
in charge of all his property.
But if that servant says to himself,
‘My master is delayed in coming,’
and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants,
to eat and drink and get drunk,
then that servant’s master will come
on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour
and will punish the servant severely
and assign him a place with the unfaithful.
That servant who knew his master’s will
but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will
shall be beaten severely;
and the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will
but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating
shall be beaten only lightly.
Much will be required of the person entrusted with much,
and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”


“‘You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.'” (Luke 12:40)

REFLECTION
A lot of people don’t know I’m in college already. I act, look and sound like a guy who is pretty much still high school but yes, I am a frosh in college.

A lot has happened since my first day in college. Meeting new people was definitely one of the highlights. I came from an all-boys’ school and it was pretty tough coming from this particular school. The students were a bit toxic and the relationships I have formed there were more or less not something I am proud of. I came to college with a mindset that everybody would hate me. Every single student from this university wouldn’t want to be friends with me. Naalala ko na yung lagi kong dasal ay sana dalhin sa akin yung mga taong magmamahal at tatanggapin kung anoman ako. 

I was so afraid what other people might think of me. That is, until I met people who totally surprised me. These are the people that totally changed my view of what friends are. I was surprised, because after all those years stuck in high school, they finally made school somewhat bearable just by genuinely accepting who I am. And I guess, I have Someone to thank.

Hello, dear Reader. You might feel stuck right now. You might be stuck somewhere unfamiliar, somewhere unsafe. Every day might seem boring, dull and colorless. But don’t worry, because our God is a God of surprises. Surely, at the end of all this, He has something amazing planned for you, He has something that will brighten up your seemingly useless life. Let Him take you higher than where you are right now, be surprised at the things He has prepared for you! He will come like a storm, ready to turn your life upside down,  so chin up, move forward and always be prepared!

Reflection Song

This Is Living By Hillsong Y&F

Author

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