Justin Chong, Little Whispers

Dream On!

First Reading
MI 5:1-4A

Thus says the LORD:
You, Bethlehem-Ephrathah
too small to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel;
whose origin is from of old,
from ancient times.
Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the time
when she who is to give birth has borne,
and the rest of his kindred shall return
to the children of Israel.
He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock
by the strength of the LORD,
in the majestic name of the LORD, his God;
and they shall remain, for now his greatness
shall reach to the ends of the earth;
he shall be peace.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
R. (4) Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.

O shepherd of Israel, hearken,
from your throne upon the cherubim, shine forth.
Rouse your power,
and come to save us.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
Once again, O LORD of hosts,
look down from heaven, and see;
take care of this vine,
and protect what your right hand has planted
the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
May your help be with the man of your right hand,
with the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
Then we will no more withdraw from you;
give us new life, and we will call upon your name.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.

Second Reading
HEB 10:5-10

Brothers and sisters:
When Christ came into the world, he said:
“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
in holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight.
Then I said, ‘As is written of me in the scroll,
behold, I come to do your will, O God.’“

First he says, “Sacrifices and offerings,
holocausts and sin offerings,
you neither desired nor delighted in.”
These are offered according to the law.
Then he says, “Behold, I come to do your will.”
He takes away the first to establish the second.
By this “will,” we have been consecrated
through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Gospel
LK 1:39-45

Mary set out
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
“Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.”


Boy dressed as an astronaut
Boy dressed as an astronaut

“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” (Luke 1:45)

REFLECTION
Do you remember, your dreams where you were a kid? I do, I remembered because I lived in a house with my cousin and we both drew portraits of what we would like to look like in the future and that part I still remember. I wanted to be a scientist, so I drew lots of cool lab equipment, my cousin on the other hand, wanted to be a president, so he drew himself on a suit.

People say kids are silly, their dreams aren’t feasible most of the time. How about our dreams right now, are we not limiting ourselves to what we deem “possible or “reachable”. If it’s neither of the two, we just scrap that dream.

One time, I was attending this financial seminar, the speaker asked me to give a life goal. I said that I would want to have my own firm when I reached the age of 60. That was my answer, being very dependent on probability of such success happening to me. The speaker asked, why such an old age? I replied saying how saturated the market was and that it was almost impossible to start up business to flourish at once. He then replied that when you make dreams or goals, you max it out. Because if you really want it to happen you do everything to make it happen, you don’t give a conservative number like age of 60, you should say, age 30. So even though you end up not reaching that goal in the age of 30, you would surely reach it sooner than 60.

Exactly why we should return to being child-like when it comes to dreaming. Because it is only kids that dream without borders. It is only children who can believe that impossible things can become possible. When the Lord, shows you his plans, believe and trust in him. Rather than just scrap that dream that the Lord has instore for you.

Prayer
Lord, thank you for giving us the freedom to choose what we want, to dream what we want. Lord guide us so that our aspirations will be for your greater glory.

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