Diego Reyes, Little Whispers

Petiks Lang Daw

First Reading
ZEP 3:1-2, 9-13

Thus says the LORD:
Woe to the city, rebellious and polluted,
to the tyrannical city!
She hears no voice,
accepts no correction;
In the LORD she has not trusted,
to her God she has not drawn near.

For then I will change and purify
the lips of the peoples,
That they all may call upon the name of the LORD,
to serve him with one accord;
From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia
and as far as the recesses of the North,
they shall bring me offerings.

On that day
You need not be ashamed
of all your deeds,
your rebellious actions against me;
For then will I remove from your midst
the proud braggarts,
And you shall no longer exalt yourself
on my holy mountain.
But I will leave as a remnant in your midst
a people humble and lowly,
Who shall take refuge in the name of the LORD:
the remnant of Israel.
They shall do no wrong
and speak no lies;
Nor shall there be found in their mouths
a deceitful tongue;
They shall pasture and couch their flocks
with none to disturb them.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19 AND 23
R. (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
The LORD confronts the evildoers,
to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
and from all their distress he rescues them.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
The LORD redeems the lives of his servants;
no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

Gospel
MT 21:28-32

Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people:
“What is your opinion?
A man had two sons.
He came to the first and said,
‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’
The son said in reply, ‘I will not,’
but afterwards he changed his mind and went.
The man came to the other son and gave the same order.
He said in reply, ‘Yes, sir,’ but did not go.
Which of the two did his father’s will?”
They answered, “The first.”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you,
tax collectors and prostitutes
are entering the Kingdom of God before you.
When John came to you in the way of righteousness,
you did not believe him;
but tax collectors and prostitutes did.
Yet even when you saw that,
you did not later change your minds and believe him.”


stressed

“The man came to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, ‘Yes, sir,’ but did not go.” (Matthew 21: 30)

REFLECTION
Personally, I am a person who bites off more than I can chew.

It has been my belief that I can do anything and everything. I used to believed that juggling school work, ministry work, and family life would be easy. It turns out I was wrong.

At first, everything was going smoothly, college life was very easy at the start, ministry work was something I was comfortable doing and my family was supportive of whatever I was doing. I started to believe that things would always be the same, I used to say to myself, “Petiks lang naman life ko e.” (My life is so chill right now.)

Things got out off hand pretty fast. Soon, my professors in college were demanding more papers, giving out more quizzes and handing out more readings. I started to feel the burn of college; it was at that moment I realized that I said yes to a couple of things I shouldn’t have. It reached a point where I would sometimes stare at the ceiling of my bedroom and run away from all my responsibilities, my school, my ministry work, my extra-curricular work, everything, I was literally burning up from all the roles I had to play that I eventually thought about giving up.

It was at that moment that I thought about reaching out and asking for help, something I wouldn’t normally do. I always looked down on other people, not because I believe they were not good, but because I thought I was better than them. Somehow, the people I reached out to, people who I looked down on, proved me wrong.

This is one of the many lessons that can be learned in today’s Gospel.

Friend, right now, you are tired, locked in an endless cycle of cynical routine work and colorless paperwork. You may believe that God is empowering you right now. You are right, He IS empowering you, but He is not empowering you to work alone. He has empowered you to work with other God-empowered people in your life. Break loose from your chains, set yourself free and play nice with the other children in this huge playground we call life.

Prayer
Father God, empower me today as a strong individual taking part in a diverse world. Help me understand that I need other people in my journey towards Heaven. Amen.

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