Justin Chong, Little Whispers

Little Blessings

First Reading
WIS 6:1-11
Hear, O kings, and understand;
learn, you magistrates of the earth’s expanse!
Hearken, you who are in power over the multitude
and lord it over throngs of peoples!
Because authority was given you by the Lord
and sovereignty by the Most High,
who shall probe your works and scrutinize your counsels.
Because, though you were ministers of his kingdom, you judged not rightly,
and did not keep the law,
nor walk according to the will of God,
Terribly and swiftly shall he come against you,
because judgment is stern for the exalted–
For the lowly may be pardoned out of mercy
but the mighty shall be mightily put to the test.
For the Lord of all shows no partiality,
nor does he fear greatness,
Because he himself made the great as well as the small,
and he provides for all alike;
but for those in power a rigorous scrutiny impends.
To you, therefore, O princes, are my words addressed
that you may learn wisdom and that you may not sin.
For those who keep the holy precepts hallowed shall be found holy,
and those learned in them will have ready a response.
Desire therefore my words;
long for them and you shall be instructed.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 82:3-4, 6-7
R. (8a) Rise up, O God, bring judgment to the earth.
Defend the lowly and the fatherless;
render justice to the afflicted and the destitute.
Rescue the lowly and the poor;
from the hand of the wicked deliver them.
R. Rise up, O God, bring judgment to the earth.
I said: “You are gods,
all of you sons of the Most High;
yet like men you shall die,
and fall like any prince.”
R. Rise up, O God, bring judgment to the earth.

Gospel
LK 17:11-19
As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem,
he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.
As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him.
They stood at a distance from him and raised their voice, saying,
“Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!”
And when he saw them, he said,
“Go show yourselves to the priests.”
As they were going they were cleansed.
And one of them, realizing he had been healed,
returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.
He was a Samaritan.
Jesus said in reply,
“Ten were cleansed, were they not?
Where are the other nine?
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?”
Then he said to him, “Stand up and go;
your faith has saved you.”


 

“Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” (Luke 17:18)

REFLECTION

By reading this verse I’ve come to realize one thing. Those who are given less have more gratitude than those who are abundantly blessed. I remember this moment when I was a kid. I was probably 6 years old then. My family and I were going to a mall to eat out and maybe watch a movie. We were on the way along Ortigas road going to Megamall. There are usually multiple stoplights on the way and when they are on stop there would lots of street children and beggars.

On that road there has always been this beggar who has been there for years, he is actually still there today. He goes around in crutches because he lost one of his legs. That day he went to our car window and like the others, he begged for spare change. My mom pulled down the window and gave the man 5 pesos. He immediately turned to the sky and prayed aloud shouting praises and thanksgiving to the Lord.

I encounter a lot of beggars along the roads since then yet never again have I encountered someone who would give thanks to the Lord before everything else like that. Sometimes, we are preoccupied with school or work and even most of the time we rant about our stressful moments. But like this Man, we are reminded that even the smallest things are blessings from the Lord. It could be a simple affirmation from a friend or even a safe and easy trip home from a long day of work. That is why we should always show gratitude to the Lord for the little things. Because if we develop that habit of being thankful for the little things, maybe your day might just be a little bit less stressful.

Prayer

Dear Lord, I just want to thank you for the little blessings that you have given me today. Continue to bless me and give me the humility to be thankful and positivity to be a blessing to others.

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