Hakee Aliwate, Little Whispers

Too Blessed to Be Stressed

First Reading
WIS 2:23–3:9
God formed man to be imperishable;
the image of his own nature he made them.
But by the envy of the Devil, death entered the world,
and they who are in his possession experience it.

But 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 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19
R. (2a) I will bless the Lord at all times.
I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.
R. I will bless the Lord at all times.
The LORD has eyes for the just,
and ears for their cry.
The LORD confronts the evildoers,
to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
R. I will bless the Lord at all times.
When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
and from all their distress he rescues them.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
R. I will bless the Lord at all times.

Gospel
LK 17:7-10
Jesus said to the Apostles:
“Who among you would say to your servant
who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field,
‘Come here immediately and take your place at table’?
Would he not rather say to him,
‘Prepare something for me to eat.
Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink.
You may eat and drink when I am finished’?
Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded?
So should it be with you.
When you have done all you have been commanded, say,
‘We are unprofitable servants;
we have done what we were obliged to do.’”


“Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed, because God tried them and found them worthy of himself.” (Wisdom 3:5)

REFLECTION

It’s that time of the school year again. Another semester is about to close and a long list of deadlines is chasing us to the finish line. Piles of papers that haven’t been read and projects that we haven’t started doing are like time bombs that haunt us everyday. It’s a good time to feel like flipping tables and walking away from everything. It’s a good time to feel like giving up.

So this reflection is for all of us who feel like we’re standing at the brink of our horizons, with dark clouds of doubt and fear of disappointment hovering above us. God has a very important message for us today.

You and I are greatly blessed.

There is no reason to fear what failure lies in the future. From the very beginning, God has graced us with the strength to conquer any challenge that may come our way. He allowed you and me to face these trials that we are experiencing right now because He believed and will always believe that we can overcome them.

“God made man imperishable; the image of his own nature he made them.” (Wis 2:23) He made you and me imperishable. And He continues to bless us with many things that we can easily overlook in times of stress. God blesses you with friends that make you laugh and feel a little less alone in times of difficulty. God blesses you with a family that cheers you on when you win, and are ever-ready to embrace you with love and comfort when you lose. But above all, God has graced you and me with wonderful opportunities, disguised as scary trials, that are meant to help us grow and be closer to Him.

It’s that to time of the school year again. Another semester is about to close and a long list of deadlines is chasing us to the finish line. It’s a good time to feel like giving up. But it’s the best time to feel the rain of God’s blessings.

Reflection Song

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