Little Whispers, Ryan Rivera

Worth It

First Reading
WIS 3:1-9

The souls of the just are in the hand of God,
and no torment shall touch them.
They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;
and their passing away was thought an affliction
and their going forth from us, utter destruction.
But they are in peace.
For if before men, indeed, they be punished,
yet is their hope full of immortality;
chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,
because God tried them
and found them worthy of himself.
As gold in the furnace, he proved them,
and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.
In the time of their visitation they shall shine,
and shall dart about as sparks through stubble;
they shall judge nations and rule over peoples,
and the LORD shall be their King forever.
Those who trust in him shall understand truth,
and the faithful shall abide with him in love:
because grace and mercy are with his holy ones,
and his care is with his elect.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6
R. (1) The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.

He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
with your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.

You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.

Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.

Second Reading
ROM 5:5-11

Brothers and sisters:
Hope does not disappoint,
because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
For Christ, while we were still helpless,
died at the appointed time for the ungodly.
Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person,
though perhaps for a good person
one might even find courage to die.
But God proves his love for us
in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.
How much more then, since we are now justified by his Blood,
will we be saved through him from the wrath.
Indeed, if, while we were enemies,
we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son,
how much more, once reconciled,
will we be saved by his life.
Not only that,
but we also boast of God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Or
ROM 6:3-9

Brothers and sisters:
Are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus
were baptized into his death?
We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death,
so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead
by the glory of the Father,
we too might live in newness of life.

For if we have grown into union with him through a death like his,
we shall also be united with him in the resurrection.
We know that our old self was crucified with him,
so that our sinful body might be done away with,
that we might no longer be in slavery to sin.
For a dead person has been absolved from sin.
If, then, we have died with Christ,
we believe that we shall also live with him.
We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more;
death no longer has power over him.

Gospel
JN 6:37-40

Jesus said to the crowds:
“Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,
and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
because I came down from heaven not to do my own will
but the will of the one who sent me.
And this is the will of the one who sent me,
that I should not lose anything of what he gave me,
but that I should raise it on the last day.
For this is the will of my Father,
that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him
may have eternal life,
and I shall raise him on the last day.”


notgood

“But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

REFLECTION
I grew up thinking that I am never good enough. There will always be someone who is smarter than me, more talented than me, more beautiful than me, and better than me in all that I can do. I grew up keeping it all to myself, I did not share about how I did in school, and I cannot express how I feel fearing that people will judge and misunderstand me. I learned how to cope up with failures and disappointments with myself. I kept on doing these things all alone not knowing that I was self-destructing.

It was in that process of self-destruction when Jesus saved me from myself. I was so undeserving, so unworthy, and yet, Jesus was so relentless. I pushed, He pulled. I wept, He embraced. I bled, He repaired. I destroyed, He restored. I hesitated, He stayed. I shattered, He healed. I stopped, He smiled. I was a disaster, the worst of its kind, and yet, Jesus still had the audacity to let me know that I am beautiful in my own way and I am His.

We may be damaged, broken, and hurt, but Jesus was more brokenhearted, betrayed and scarred than anyone in this world. Yet, He did not shut Himself off from us. Instead, He calls us unto Him. Stop building walls and start placing your trust in Him. His scars are enough proof that you are loved more than you know. He will direct you through this pain, He will sit with you when you are weak, and He will carry you until you can walk again. Jesus wants to see you run in victory again. He wants to see you live in His glory. You just have to take His hand and walk with Him; it will take all of you, but you will gain all of Him. He is worth it and you are too.

Prayer
Thank You, Jesus, for loving me unconditionally every day. Please continue showering us with your unending grace and mercy. May You remind us every single day of how much You love us and how special each one of us is. Amen.

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