Celina Reyes, Little Whispers

Courage

First Reading
JER 31:7-9

Thus says the LORD:
Shout with joy for Jacob,
exult at the head of the nations;
proclaim your praise and say:
The LORD has delivered his people,
the remnant of Israel.
Behold, I will bring them back
from the land of the north;
I will gather them from the ends of the world,
with the blind and the lame in their midst,
the mothers and those with child;
they shall return as an immense throng.
They departed in tears,
but I will console them and guide them;
I will lead them to brooks of water,
on a level road, so that none shall stumble.
For I am a father to Israel,
Ephraim is my first-born.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
R. (3) The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.

When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
we were like men dreaming.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with rejoicing.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us;
we are glad indeed.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like the torrents in the southern desert.
Those that sow in tears
shall reap rejoicing.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Although they go forth weeping,
carrying the seed to be sown,
They shall come back rejoicing,
carrying their sheaves.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.

Second Reading
HEB 5:1-6

Brothers and sisters:
Every high priest is taken from among men
and made their representative before God,
to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.
He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring,
for he himself is beset by weakness
and so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himself
as well as for the people.
No one takes this honor upon himself
but only when called by God,
just as Aaron was.
In the same way,
it was not Christ who glorified himself in becoming high priest,
but rather the one who said to him:
You are my son:
this day I have begotten you;
just as he says in another place:
You are a priest forever
according to the order of Melchizedek.

Gospel
MK 10:46-52

As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd,
Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus,
sat by the roadside begging.
On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth,
he began to cry out and say,
“Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.”
And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent.
But he kept calling out all the more,
“Son of David, have pity on me.”
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called the blind man, saying to him,
“Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.”
He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.
Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?”
The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.”
Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.”
Immediately he received his sight
and followed him on the way.


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“…get up! Take courage! Jesus is calling you!” (Mark 10:49)

REFLECTION
When I was a little girl, my parents always reminded me to pray before I sleep. I would always remember a time when I doubted praying since I thought no one was listening to me. I doubted praying because I felt like I was talking to nobody. How could you speak to someone you couldn’t even see face to face?

I was 12 when my parents asked me to join the weekly Youth Prayer Meetings. I was then reminded of how God works through the prayers of His children. I saw how God worked in my life through the power of prayer. I learned that even though you can’t see Him physically, we know He is there in our hearts and minds. No matter how many people would try to test my faith in school or at work by asking me, “Why pray? Does it even work?”

Never have I stopped praying to God even if it means sacrificing my own time just to talk to Him for a few minutes.

Like the story of Bartimaeus, the poor man who shouted and proclaimed his faith on the side of the road even if people told him to be quiet, he just screamed louder, calling on Jesus. And I’m sure you know what happened next! We have a God who never leaves us nor forsakes us. He will never abandon us.  Look what he did to a blind man who was willing to throw away his cloak just to get closer to Jesus!

It’s okay to give up everything and anything if it means being one step closer to God. Get up! Take courage! Jesus is calling you!

Prayer
Father, I pray to You that I may hear your call today. Amen.

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