Caloi Licup, Little Whispers

#TFTFZ (Tales From The Friend Zone)

First Reading
ROM 8:18-25

Brothers and sisters:
I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing
compared with the glory to be revealed for us.
For creation awaits with eager expectation
the revelation of the children of God;
for creation was made subject to futility,
not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it,
in hope that creation itself
would be set free from slavery to corruption
and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God.
We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now;
and not only that, but we ourselves,
who have the firstfruits of the Spirit,
we also groan within ourselves
as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
For in hope we were saved.
Now hope that sees for itself is not hope.
For who hopes for what one sees?
But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 126:1B-2AB, 2CD-3, 4-5, 6
R. (3a) The Lord has done marvels for us.

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 marvels for us.
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 marvels for us.
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 marvels for us.
Although they go forth weeping,
carrying the seed to be sown,
They shall come back rejoicing,
carrying their sheaves.
R. The Lord has done marvels for us.

Gospel
LK 13:18-21

Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like?
To what can I compare it?
It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden.
When it was fully grown, it became a large bush
and the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches.”

Again he said, “To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God?
It is like yeast that a woman took
and mixed in with three measures of wheat flour
until the whole batch of dough was leavened.”


friendzoned

“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us.” (Romans 8:18)

REFLECTION
When I was in high school, I fell in love with my best friend. I wanted to tell her my feelings, so one day, I finally told her my super corny feelings. Unfortunately for me (although I would rather say unfortunately for her), she put me in the dark place called the “FRIENDZONE.” I tried to understand, but all I felt after was insecurity and pain (yuck). My feelings even got worse when one of my barkadas got to be her boyfriend (ouchie). I convinced myself to be a martyr for her. And I did, even when she broke up with her first boyfriend and soon after had another one (with both of them reaching their anniversaries).

Then I told myself, “I don’t deserve this.”

Finally, I decided to find ways on how to make myself happy. And I did. I discovered BLD Youth Manila and invested my time in service and in worship. I am now grateful that there is no one choking me and I have the freedom to do the things I enjoy.

You may be in the same corny situation, or in an even serious one. But in every situation God brings you, you will win and you will learn. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty because it is God’s way of molding you to become the great person you are created to be. And God’s glory will be revealed when you finally become happy because His glory and our deepest joys are one.

Prayer
Lord, thank you for putting me in difficult situations. I believe in faith that it will help me fulfill my purpose.

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