Little Whispers


First Reading
1 JN 1:5—2:2
This is the message that we have heard from Jesus Christ
and proclaim to you:
God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.
If we say, “We have fellowship with him,”
while we continue to walk in darkness,
we lie and do not act in truth.
But if we walk in the light as he is in the light,
then we have fellowship with one another,
and the Blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin.
If we say, “We are without sin,”
we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just
and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing.
If we say, “We have not sinned,” we make him a liar,
and his word is not in us.

My children, I am writing this to you
so that you may not commit sin.
But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous one.
He is expiation for our sins,
and not for our sins only but for those of the whole world.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 124:2-3, 4-5, 7CD-8
R. (7) Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler’s snare.
Had not the LORD been with us—
When men rose up against us,
then would they have swallowed us alive,
When their fury was inflamed against us.
R. Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler’s snare.
Then would the waters have overwhelmed us;
The torrent would have swept over us;
over us then would have swept the raging waters.
R. Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler’s snare.
Broken was the snare,
and we were freed.
Our help is in the name of the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
R. Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler’s snare.

MT 2:13-18
When the magi had departed, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said,
“Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt,
and stay there until I tell you.
Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.”
Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night
and departed for Egypt.
He stayed there until the death of Herod,
that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled,
Out of Egypt I called my son.

When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi,
he became furious.
He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity
two years old and under,
in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi.
Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet:

A voice was heard in Ramah,
sobbing and loud lamentation;
Rachel weeping for her children,
and she would not be consoled,
since they were no more.


“God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5)


I was a scaredy cat.

When I was a kid, I would always be the last person to go up in my room leaving me to turn off the lights down stairs. Before I would press the switch, I would count 1, 2, 3 so I’d know when to run. I would always tell myself,  “Run, Bettina, run. Don’t look back.”

During my elementary years, I would never go to the bathroom without company. Being alone made me paranoid. I would imagine ghosts and zombies trying to pull my feet. My teachers didn’t allow students to leave the classroom in pairs during classes so I had to control my bladder. However, there came a time when I couldn’t hold it anymore and I had to go to the bathroom alone. I didn’t know what to do, I almost cried. Then I remembered what my mother used to tell me. “Whenever you’re scared, just pray” so I did. While I was inside the bathroom, I told God how my day was going and I recited the Our Father. I felt safe while praying, I knew back then that no ghost was going to appear and no zombie was going to bite my leg.

God never fails to keep us safe. In times of darkness, He is here. Don’t run, God will not let anything bad happen to us. We shouldn’t be afraid and remember that He is with us, and will always be with us.

Reflection Song



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