Kai Del Mundo, Little Whispers

Faith > Doubt

First Reading
MAL 3:1-4, 23-24

Thus says the Lord GOD:
Lo, I am sending my messenger
to prepare the way before me;
And suddenly there will come to the temple
the LORD whom you seek,
And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire.
Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.
But who will endure the day of his coming?
And who can stand when he appears?
For he is like the refiner’s fire,
or like the fuller’s lye.
He will sit refining and purifying silver,
and he will purify the sons of Levi,
Refining them like gold or like silver
that they may offer due sacrifice to the LORD.
Then the sacrifice of Judah and Jerusalem
will please the LORD,
as in the days of old, as in years gone by.

Lo, I will send you
Elijah, the prophet,
Before the day of the LORD comes,
the great and terrible day,
To turn the hearts of the fathers to their children,
and the hearts of the children to their fathers,
Lest I come and strike
the land with doom.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 25:4-5AB, 8-9, 10 AND 14
R. (see Luke 21:28) Lift up your heads and see; your redemption is near at hand.

Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior.
R. Lift up your heads and see; your redemption is near at hand.
Good and upright is the LORD;
thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice,
he teaches the humble his way.
R. Lift up your heads and see; your redemption is near at hand.
All the paths of the LORD are kindness and constancy
toward those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
The friendship of the LORD is with those who fear him,
and his covenant, for their instruction.
R. Lift up your heads and see; your redemption is near at hand.

Gospel
LK 1:57-66

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child
she gave birth to a son.
Her neighbors and relatives heard
that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her,
and they rejoiced with her.
When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child,
they were going to call him Zechariah after his father,
but his mother said in reply,
“No. He will be called John.”
But they answered her,
“There is no one among your relatives who has this name.”
So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called.
He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,”
and all were amazed.
Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed,
and he spoke blessing God.
Then fear came upon all their neighbors,
and all these matters were discussed
throughout the hill country of Judea.
All who heard these things took them to heart, saying,
“What, then, will this child be?
For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.”


 

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So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God. (Luke 1:62-64)

REFLECTION

My name is Ericka. All of us have different stories to tell about our names – it’s meaning and why our parents chose them. As for me, my mom told me that she named me after her “pogi” nurse in the hospital named Eric. Out of curiosity, I googled the definition of my name. It says there that Ericka means ever kingly, splendid or regal.

In the previous Gospel, it tells us the great story of Elizabeth, a barren woman, and her husband Zechariah. They are both old so they thought that they will not bear a child anymore. But then an angel named Gabriel talked to Zechariah and told him that their prayers are answered and that Elizabeth will bear a son and they shall call him John. For doubting the power of the Lord to perform wonders, he was silenced. The angel told him that he will be unable to talk until the day all these things will take place.

At the time they were about to give name to their newborn, all of their friends thought that the baby’s name will be Zechariah Jr, of course after his father. But Elizabeth said that the child will be named John. Zechariah also wrote it in a tablet “John is his name”. He immediately opened his mouth and spoke blessing God.

2 days to go before Christmas and our reading today reminds us the importance of submitting to the Lord and following His ways. Sometimes we want our own ways – what’s more comfortable or what’s convenient. When we are hesitant or arrogant to lift up everything to Him, it is more difficult for us to praise Him. It will be more difficult for us to worship Him and share His greatness to the people around us. Friends, God is telling us to have a faith like Zechariah. He may not know what is about to happen but he was sure that God will work miracles in his life, so he surrendered everything to Him. Elizabeth and Zechariah didn’t know what to name their child and were once in a state of doubt also like some of us. You may have worries right now like what to do after graduation, where to apply for school or work, how to be a more effective church leader, etc., always remember to pause and surrender everything in faith.

Prayer

Lord, thank You for your amazing grace. It may be difficult for some of us to let go of our worldly possessions, pride or fear, but help us to open our hearts to You and to fully allow You to have control of our lives.

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