Little Whispers, Winston Rondario

Hey, Stranger, Do You Come Here Often?

First Reading
IS 11:1-10

On that day,
A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,
and from his roots a bud shall blossom.
The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:
a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
A Spirit of counsel and of strength,
a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD,
and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.
Not by appearance shall he judge,
nor by hearsay shall he decide,
But he shall judge the poor with justice,
and decide aright for the land’s afflicted.
He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
Justice shall be the band around his waist,
and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.

Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
The calf and the young lion shall browse together,
with a little child to guide them.
The cow and the bear shall be neighbors,
together their young shall rest;
the lion shall eat hay like the ox.
The baby shall play by the cobra’s den,
and the child lay his hand on the adder’s lair.
There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD,
as water covers the sea.

On that day,
The root of Jesse,
set up as a signal for the nations,
The Gentiles shall seek out,
for his dwelling shall be glorious.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
R. (see 7) Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

O God, with your judgment endow the king,
and with your justice, the king’s son;
He shall govern your people with justice
and your afflicted ones with judgment.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
Justice shall flower in his days,
and profound peace, till the moon be no more.
May he rule from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
He shall rescue the poor when he cries out,
and the afflicted when he has no one to help him.
He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor;
the lives of the poor he shall save.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
May his name be blessed forever;
as long as the sun his name shall remain.
In him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed;
all the nations shall proclaim his happiness.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

Gospel
LK 10:21-24

Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,
“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows who the Son is except the Father,
and who the Father is except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

Turning to the disciples in private he said,
“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.
For I say to you,
many prophets and kings desired to see what you see,
but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”


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“… Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.” (Luke 10: 23-24)

REFLECTION
Have you ever asked yourself, “Why can’t I feel Jesus?” or “Why can’t I feel him at my darkest times?”

I have a friend who isn’t a part of the Bukas Loob sa Diyos Community that always tells me that I’m so lucky that I get to feel the love of the Lord everyday and that he wants to know and feel his love too. I remember vividly this one conversation we had. “Why can’t I hear his wisdom whenever I need it the most?” and I ask him, “Well, what have you done on your part to call on him?” “I pray. And I go to church.” He tells me. “And?” I ask. “And what? That’s it. What more should I do? I cry and weep and toss and turn but he still doesn’t answer me at all.”I ask him, “Bruh, how do you approach women?” He looks at me confused and asks me, “What does this have to do with anything?” “Just answer the question.” I answer. “I approach them all nice like and with a smile.” “Do they return that smile back to you?” “Yeah.” He answers. “Then there’s your answer, you don’t approach someone you don’t know with a face full of sorrow, you have to approach them with a face that says, ‘I’ll be so happy to know you more’”

Internet friends, God tells us that we are blessed to see what we see and hear what we hear. We are blessed because we have a relationship with God when a lot of other people want to have one but are having a hard time having one. Let us do our part in sharing this relationship with God to all.

Prayer
Lord, Thank you for the opportunity to have this awesome relationship with you. I pray that you make me an instrument in introducing more people to you. Amen.

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