Jem Chong, Little Whispers

That Mañana Habit

First Reading
ROM 16:3-9, 16, 22-27
Brothers and sisters:
Greet Prisca and Aquila, my co-workers in Christ Jesus,
who risked their necks for my life,
to whom not only I am grateful but also all the churches of the Gentiles;
greet also the Church at their house.
Greet my beloved Epaenetus,
who was the firstfruits in Asia for Christ.
Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you.
Greet Andronicus and Junia,
my relatives and my fellow prisoners;
they are prominent among the Apostles
and they were in Christ before me.
Greet Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord.
Greet Urbanus, our co-worker in Christ,
and my beloved Stachys.
Greet one another with a holy kiss.
All the churches of Christ greet you.

I, Tertius, the writer of this letter, greet you in the Lord.
Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole Church, greets you.
Erastus, the city treasurer,
and our brother Quartus greet you.

Now to him who can strengthen you,
according to my Gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ,
according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret for long ages
but now manifested through the prophetic writings and,
according to the command of the eternal God,
made known to all nations to bring about the obedience of faith,
to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ
be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 145:2-3, 4-5, 10-11
R. (1b) I will praise your name for ever, Lord.
Every day will I bless you,
and I will praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD and highly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable.
R. I will praise your name for ever, Lord.
Generation after generation praises your works
and proclaims your might.
They speak of the splendor of your glorious majesty
and tell of your wondrous works.
R. I will praise your name for ever, Lord.
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
and speak of your might.
R. I will praise your name for ever, Lord.

Gospel
LK 16:9-15
Jesus said to his disciples:
“I tell you, make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth,
so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
The person who is trustworthy in very small matters
is also trustworthy in great ones;
and the person who is dishonest in very small matters
is also dishonest in great ones.
If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth,
who will trust you with true wealth?
If you are not trustworthy with what belongs to another,
who will give you what is yours?
No servant can serve two masters.
He will either hate one and love the other,
or be devoted to one and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and mammon.”

The Pharisees, who loved money,
heard all these things and sneered at him.
And he said to them,
“You justify yourselves in the sight of others,
but God knows your hearts;
for what is of human esteem is an abomination in the sight of God.”


 

“If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth, who will trust you with true wealth?” (Luke 16:11) 

REFLECTION

Group works in school may be tough, especially when in comes to investigatory projects. In order to have a successful outcome with harmony among members, each one must be dedicated and contribute their efforts. However, in most groups, there may always be that one person who barely does any work. I am this particular person.

There are many instances wherein friendships are torn apart and hate is passed around because of group works. I do not want this to happen with my classmates so I make sure that I try to give my best in every submission. This becomes a bit hard because most of the time, I don’t really know what I’m supposed to do. I am very embarrassed because of this and I know it is very unfair for my classmates. Another bad habit of mine is that after I ‘contributed a lot’ in one area, I seem to think that I can chill first while the rest of my groupmates work. My efforts to the group are never 100% and I think I can get away sometimes just because I did my part already today.

This is not the case when you’re planning to be someone trustworthy. I’ve learned that I can’t just be unreliable today and be good tomorrow. God blesses us every second so we must return the favor everyday without breaks. Just as we must be dedicated to group works, we must also be dedicated to serving others and God. Avoiding sin and being a light to the people around us may be difficult sometimes, but it takes discipline and practice just like how athletes train everyday and maintain their skills and fitness.

In the Gospel, God wants us to be trustworthy especially in the smallest of situations. It doesn’t have to be big like a group work but even getting through the day like doing someone a small favor when you have free time or answering their questions. The smallest of actions can reflect how we act in big situations so we must start training in small things so we can be reliable to others.

PRAYER

Dear God,  thank you for giving us the chance to be of loving service to others. Strengthen us Lord, so that we may learn to be that someone others can trust. You gave us so much so now it is time for us to share that love every second of our lives in Your name. Amen.

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