Little Whispers, Winston Rondario


First Reading
ROM 8:31B-39

Brothers and sisters:
If God is for us, who can be against us?
He did not spare his own Son
but handed him over for us all,
how will he not also give us everything else along with him?
Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones?
It is God who acquits us.
Who will condemn?
It is Christ Jesus who died, rather, was raised,
who also is at the right hand of God,
who indeed intercedes for us.
What will separate us from the love of Christ?
Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?
As it is written:

For your sake we are being slain all the day;
we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.

No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly
through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities,
nor present things, nor future things,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other creature will be able to separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 109:21-22, 26-27, 30-31
R. (26b) Save me, O Lord, in your mercy.

Do you, O GOD, my Lord, deal kindly with me for your name’s sake;
in your generous mercy rescue me;
For I am wretched and poor,
and my heart is pierced within me.
R. Save me, O Lord, in your mercy.
Help me, O LORD, my God;
save me, in your mercy,
And let them know that this is your hand;
that you, O LORD, have done this.
R. Save me, O Lord, in your mercy.
I will speak my thanks earnestly to the LORD,
and in the midst of the throng I will praise him,
For he stood at the right hand of the poor man,
to save him from those who would condemn his soul.
R. Save me, O Lord, in your mercy.

LK 13:31-35

Some Pharisees came to Jesus and said,
“Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you.”
He replied, “Go and tell that fox,
‘Behold, I cast out demons and I perform healings today and tomorrow,
and on the third day I accomplish my purpose.
Yet I must continue on my way today, tomorrow, and the following day,
for it is impossible that a prophet should die
outside of Jerusalem.’

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you,
how many times I yearned to gather your children together
as a hen gathers her brood under her wings,
but you were unwilling!
Behold, your house will be abandoned.
But I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say,
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”


“… if God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

I am a grown man. But even grown men have fears. I must admit, I am deathly afraid of a lot of things. Some trivial and childish fears like, a fear of heights, needles, and flying roaches and some deep ones like rejection, the feeling of unworthiness, sadness and abandonment. I used to be so afraid to talk to other people. I remember my first day attending the youth prayer meetings. I was so afraid to talk to people that I’d just go out and sit next to the bronze statues outside the venue. I waited there until my parents would eventually come and pick us up. But because of that fear, I missed a lot.

I realized that I missed out on making friends, missed out on all the fun I could have had. But eventually, I overcame that fear through God’s grace and I started opening up to the people there and the rest is history. Being afraid is a natural human instinct. It’s primal and its ingrained in our genes. But in times of great fear, just believe that God is with you for he has great plans for you. So go ahead and step into that place of fear knowing that God is by your side.

Lord, I thank you for being the brightest day in my blackest night. I pray that your light shine through all of us to make it even more stronger. Amen.


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