Kyla Bulabos, Little Whispers

Glitters

First Reading
IS 26:1-6
On that day they will sing this song in the land of Judah:

“A strong city have we;
he sets up walls and ramparts to protect us.
Open up the gates
to let in a nation that is just,
one that keeps faith.
A nation of firm purpose you keep in peace;
in peace, for its trust in you.”

Trust in the LORD forever!
For the LORD is an eternal Rock.
He humbles those in high places,
and the lofty city he brings down;
He tumbles it to the ground,
levels it with the dust.
It is trampled underfoot by the needy,
by the footsteps of the poor.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 118:1 AND 8-9, 19-21, 25-27A
R. (26a) Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in princes.
R. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Open to me the gates of justice;
I will enter them and give thanks to the LORD.
This gate is the LORD’s;
the just shall enter it.
I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me
and have been my savior.
R. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
O LORD, grant salvation!
O LORD, grant prosperity!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD;
we bless you from the house of the LORD.
The LORD is God, and he has given us light.
R. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Gospel
MT 7:21, 24-27
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’
will enter the Kingdom of heaven,
but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them
will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.
The rain fell, the floods came,
and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.
And everyone who listens to these words of mine
but does not act on them
will be like a fool who built his house on sand.
The rain fell, the floods came,
and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”


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“The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.”

REFLECTION

I have a friend who loves glitters. She is an angel in disguise and she made my life a shining, shimmering and a splendid one.

4 years ago, she was diagnosed with cancer but she defeated it. Last summer, I saw her pictures with her family in China. They were on a vacation because her sister graduated from grade school. When school began last June 29, I did not see her around St. Paul anymore, I thought that she transferred into another school but to my surprise, I saw her sister. At some time in August, we learned that her cancer was revived. I immediately messaged her and comforted her, after a few days she replied and said “thank you” & “mag-pray lang talaga palagi”. October came and unfortunately, she passed away. During her eulogy, her mom said a statement that strucked me the most. She said, “Frankie loves glitters so much and I think she saw it on God’s hands that’s why she followed Him.”

She grew up in St. Paul and I can say that she inherited the attitude our patron saint had. She had fought a good fight, she had kept the faith, and she had finished the race. Her faith, trust and courage made her the strongest one, that even though problems and trials come to her life, she won’t complain and just hold on instead.

In today’s Gospel, the rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house, but it did not collapse because it had been set solidly on rock. God is the rock and we are the house. In life, we should have God as our foundation. We should trust, be faithful and put Him at the center of our lives for he is our strength and He is the reason why we are living here on Earth.

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