Little Whispers

God Speaker

First Reading
1 MC 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63
[From the descendants of Alexander’s officers]
there sprang a sinful offshoot, Antiochus Epiphanes,
son of King Antiochus, once a hostage at Rome.
He became king in the year one hundred and thirty seven
of the kingdom of the Greeks.

In those days there appeared in Israel
men who were breakers of the law,
and they seduced many people, saying:
“Let us go and make an alliance with the Gentiles all around us;
since we separated from them, many evils have come upon us.”
The proposal was agreeable;
some from among the people promptly went to the king,
and he authorized them to introduce the way of living
of the Gentiles.
Thereupon they built a gymnasium in Jerusalem
according to the Gentile custom.
They covered over the mark of their circumcision
and abandoned the holy covenant;
they allied themselves with the Gentiles
and sold themselves to wrongdoing.

Then the king wrote to his whole kingdom that all should be one people,
each abandoning his particular customs.
All the Gentiles conformed to the command of the king,
and many children of Israel were in favor of his religion;
they sacrificed to idols and profaned the sabbath.

On the fifteenth day of the month Chislev,
in the year one hundred and forty-five,
the king erected the horrible abomination
upon the altar of burnt offerings
and in the surrounding cities of Judah they built pagan altars.
They also burned incense at the doors of the houses and in the streets.
Any scrolls of the law which they found they tore up and burnt.
Whoever was found with a scroll of the covenant,
and whoever observed the law,
was condemned to death by royal decree.
But many in Israel were determined
and resolved in their hearts not to eat anything unclean;
they preferred to die rather than to be defiled with unclean food
or to profane the holy covenant; and they did die.
Terrible affliction was upon Israel.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 119:53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158
R. (see 88) Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.
Indignation seizes me because of the wicked
who forsake your law.
R. Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.
Though the snares of the wicked are twined about me,
your law I have not forgotten.
R. Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.
Redeem me from the oppression of men,
that I may keep your precepts.
R. Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.
I am attacked by malicious persecutors
who are far from your law.
R. Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.
Far from sinners is salvation,
because they seek not your statutes.
R. Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.
I beheld the apostates with loathing,
because they kept not to your promise.
R. Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.

Gospel
LK 18:35-43
As Jesus approached Jericho
a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging,
and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening.
They told him,
“Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”
He shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”
The people walking in front rebuked him,
telling him to be silent,
but he kept calling out all the more,
“Son of David, have pity on me!”
Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him;
and when he came near, Jesus asked him,
“What do you want me to do for you?”
He replied, “Lord, please let me see.”
Jesus told him, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.”
He immediately received his sight
and followed him, giving glory to God.
When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God.


November 16 Photo (1)

“And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Lk 18:39)

REFLECTION 


Have you ever encountered a special moment of grace, a once in a life-time opportunity you knew you could not pass up? I am not really the active type in school. I don’t usually involve myself in extra-curricular activities and the like.

When I entered college, I wanted to try something new, so I applied to one of the organizations training programs to become an officer. The organizations standards were high and there were so much students applying but only a select few are accepted. I passed the first screening yet failed the interview. That time I wasn’t affected that much, I really didn’t know the value of extra-curricular activities then.

A year later, I applied again but this time with a greater desire for it. I did my best to get in but this time, at the first screening, I failed again. I felt like a failure but with encouragement, I found out the number of the screening committee and I texted them how much I desired to get in, asking for another chance. They replied that, they are looking for people with that desire to learn in the organization and that they are giving me that chance.

It all began that day. If I did not send that reconsideration message, I wouldn’t have completed that training program, become an officer afterwards and spearhead multiple projects and finally, I wouldn’t have left a legacy in that organization. Sometimes we can be like that blind man in the side waiting desperately and that’s okay. But when we are rebuked, rejected and told to be silent; it is finally our special moment of grace. Like the blind man, let us not pass up opportunities like those because they might just come once in our life.

Prayer

Dear Lord, thank you for all the opportunities that you have given us. Help us o Lord that when you pass by we may have the courage to call unto you despite the rebukes and rejections of others.

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