Little Whispers, Trisha Rodriguez

Tip #1

First Reading
1 SM 1:24-28

In those days,
Hannah brought Samuel with her,
along with a three-year-old bull,
an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine,
and presented him at the temple of the LORD in Shiloh.
After the boy’s father had sacrificed the young bull,
Hannah, his mother, approached Eli and said:
“Pardon, my lord!
As you live, my lord,
I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the LORD.
I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request.
Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD;
as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the LORD.”
She left Samuel there.

Responsorial Psalm
1 SAMUEL 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8ABCD
R. (see 1a) My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.

“My heart exults in the LORD,
my horn is exalted in my God.
I have swallowed up my enemies;
I rejoice in my victory.”
R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.
“The bows of the mighty are broken,
while the tottering gird on strength.
The well-fed hire themselves out for bread,
while the hungry batten on spoil.
The barren wife bears seven sons,
while the mother of many languishes.”
R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.
“The LORD puts to death and gives life;
he casts down to the nether world;
he raises up again.
The LORD makes poor and makes rich,
he humbles, he also exalts.”
R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.
“He raises the needy from the dust;
from the dung heap he lifts up the poor,
To seat them with nobles
and make a glorious throne their heritage.”
R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.

Gospel
LK 1:46-56

Mary said:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
for he has looked upon his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.”

Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months
and then returned to her home.


compare

“He has pulled down princes from their thrones and raised high the lowly.” (Luke 1:52)

REFLECTION

Before I start this reflection, I need to tell you all one secret: I’m a very comparative person. I compare myself with others all the time. I don’t know why, I just do. This trait had always brought out my insecurities. It made me question every fiber in my being from someone else’s. Maybe because I thought highly of myself or I had this constant need of achieving higher than what others usually think of me.

Back in high school, I compared myself to my close friend. We were the same as people would say. We did the same things especially when we both got into our school’s chorale. I couldn’t help but compare myself with her. I always thought that I was better than her. I have to tell you, it really was exhausting. I didn’t like it one bit but I did it anyway. It got to the point where I lost that friend. The friend who stuck by my insecurities and flaws. The friend that I didn’t appreciate until it was too late. That was the time I thought how bad I was, and that made me see the truth that brought my feet back on the ground. I am not perfect. I am only human.

In our gospel today, God is telling us all to know that He will bestow mercy upon his children. With that in mind, He will make you realize that you are no prince or princess, you are just like everyone else with the same flaws. In some ways you may be better than others, but you need to remember to not keep your head up so high. He will raise you in your loneliest time but at the same time, pin you firmly on the ground when you’re at the peak. He will always be there for you, to love you throughout.

So let me tell you all one tip in perceiving life — use your imperfections, hate, and pain that clouds yourself in darkness, and make it into one big ball of light. A light that will make you see into your own perfection.

Reflection Song

Oceans by Hillsong UNITED

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