Little Whispers

A Mother’s Love

First Reading
Romans 11: 1-2A, 11-12, 25-29

Brothers and sisters:
I ask, then, has God rejected his people?
Of course not!
For I too am a child of Israel, a descendant of Abraham,
of the tribe of Benjamin.
God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew.
Do you not know what the Scripture says about Elijah,
how he pleads with God against Israel?

Hence I ask, did they stumble so as to fall?
Of course not!
But through their transgression
salvation has come to the Gentiles,
so as to make them jealous.
Now if their transgression is enrichment for the world,
and if their diminished number is enrichment for the Gentiles,
how much more their full number.

I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers and sisters,
so that you will not become wise in your own estimation:
a hardening has come upon Israel in part,
until the full number of the Gentiles comes in,
and thus all Israel will be saved, as it is written:

The deliverer will come out of Zion,
he will turn away godlessness from Jacob;
and this is my covenant with them
when I take away their sins.

In respect to the Gospel, they are enemies on your account;
but in respect to election,
they are beloved because of the patriarch.
For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 94: 12-13A, 14-15, 17-18
R. (14a) The Lord will not abandon his people.
Blessed the man whom you instruct, O LORD,
whom by your law you teach,
Giving him rest from evil days.
R. The Lord will not abandon his people.
For the LORD will not cast off his people,
nor abandon his inheritance;
But judgment shall again be with justice,
and all the upright of heart shall follow it.
R. The Lord will not abandon his people.
Were not the LORD my help,
my soul would soon dwell in the silent grave.
When I say, “My foot is slipping,”
your mercy, O LORD, sustains me.
R. The Lord will not abandon his people.

Lk 14: 1, 7-11

On a sabbath Jesus went to dine
at the home of one of the leading Pharisees,
and the people there were observing him carefully.

He told a parable to those who had been invited,
noticing how they were choosing the places of honor at the table.
“When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet,
do not recline at table in the place of honor.
A more distinguished guest than you may have been invited by him,
and the host who invited both of you may approach you and say,
‘Give your place to this man,’
and then you would proceed with embarrassment
to take the lowest place.
Rather, when you are invited,
go and take the lowest place
so that when the host comes to you he may say,
‘My friend, move up to a higher position.’
Then you will enjoy the esteem of your companions at the table.
For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,
but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”


 “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 14:11)


While I was reading the Gospel, I came across this particular verse which made me reflect a lot about my life. I had a lot of thoughts going through my head but one moment stood out from the rest and it was all about the sacrifices my mother did for her family and friends. As a typical mother, she would do everything for her children. She wouldn’t settle for less, she would always want the best for us. When I was around ten years old, I didn’t really notice everything she was doing for me. To be honest, I was kind of a selfish kid but even though my personality was like that, she would still do everything for me and my brother. Since it was just me and my mother living in the States, she would try to do her best to stay in touch with my younger brother and my dad who were in the Philippines.

That’s how she was even when she got cancer. Even though she faced so many trials just the thought of seeing her children happy made her happy. She wouldn’t care about anything else except for us, her family. Going through that difficult stage of her life, she would still have hope knowing that we’re happy. The only time she would feel sad is when we mourn for her. She doesn’t want anyone to be sad, she wants happiness for everyone. I remember her saying, “I will always be with you, anak. I will never leave you.” After that moment, I knew it was time to say good bye and I remember my dad said that just think of mom going on a long trip and we will see her again.

We knew that when the Lord welcomed her, she was in peace. All of her sacrifices and pain were paid off and knowing that she would have the rest she deserves I would continue what she left off. Wherever she may be, I will always have an angel watching over me and my family.

Put down your pride, endure the pain, bear with the sacrifices and at the end of the day, good things will happen to you.

Reflection Song



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