Gillian Hernandez, Little Whispers

50 Pesos

First Reading
IS 25:6-10A

On this mountain the LORD of hosts
will provide for all peoples
A feast of rich food and choice wines,
juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.
On this mountain he will destroy
the veil that veils all peoples,
The web that is woven over all nations;
he will destroy death forever.
The Lord GOD will wipe away
the tears from all faces;
The reproach of his people he will remove
from the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken.

On that day it will be said:
“Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us!
This is the LORD for whom we looked;
let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!”
For the hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6
R. (6cd) I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
Beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
R. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
R. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
R. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.
R. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.

Gospel
MT 15:29-37

At that time:
Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee,
went up on the mountain, and sat down there.
Great crowds came to him,
having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute,
and many others.
They placed them at his feet, and he cured them.
The crowds were amazed when they saw the mute speaking,
the deformed made whole,
the lame walking,
and the blind able to see,
and they glorified the God of Israel.

Jesus summoned his disciples and said,
“My heart is moved with pity for the crowd,
for they have been with me now for three days
and have nothing to eat.
I do not want to send them away hungry,
for fear they may collapse on the way.”
The disciples said to him,
“Where could we ever get enough bread in this deserted place
to satisfy such a crowd?”
Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?”
“Seven,” they replied, “and a few fish.”
He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground.
Then he took the seven loaves and the fish,
gave thanks, broke the loaves,
and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds.
They all ate and were satisfied.
They picked up the fragments left over–seven baskets full.


outfits

“Where could we ever get enough bread in this deserted place to satisfy such a crowd?” (Matthew 15:33)

REFLECTION
During my high school years, I would always ask my sister if I could borrow clothes from her. I thought that her clothes were better than mine. I was never satisfied with what I had. I felt that I don’t look good with what I wear. Whenever I ask if I could borrow, she would not give it to me easily. “Pahiram naman ako nito.” (May I borrow this?) , I asked. “Sige, 50 pesos tapos balik mo rin.”(Yeah sure, after you give me 50 pesos.) , she answered.

Hearing that response makes me feel sad, annoyed and confused. I asked myself why does she have to do that. However, I agreed with the condition she gave me because I really wanted to be satisfied. There are also times when she borrows from me and I said only if I could borrow from her without any condition. Eventually, we learned to share clothes without any hesitation. My sister and I may have a lot of arguments but now that we care about each other, we had a better relationship.

This story in my life reminds us to be content in life and share to others the things we have. When we give and share to others, you will receive more than what you give. God showers us blessings everyday. He is a generous God and always provides for us. There is no cost for receiving His love for us in our life. Friends, just as Jesus sacrificed for us, may we always be selfless and reach out to others. No matter how big or small, it will bring joy to people.

Prayer
Lord Jesus, thank You for all the blessings You have given us. Teach me to be generous like You. May I always be grateful for everything You give me. Forgive me for my selfishness and cleanse my heart to be like You. Amen.

Author

Gillian Hernandez, YLSS # 27, gilliaanhernandez@yahoo.com

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