CJ Goronio, Little Whispers

Time Travel

First Reading
1 JN 2:12-17

I am writing to you, children,
because your sins have been forgiven for his name’s sake.

I am writing to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.

I am writing to you, young men,
because you have conquered the Evil One.

I write to you, children,
because you know the Father.

I write to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.

I write to you, young men,
because you are strong and the word of God remains in you,
and you have conquered the Evil One.

Do not love the world or the things of the world.
If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world,
sensual lust, enticement for the eyes, and a pretentious life,
is not from the Father but is from the world.
Yet the world and its enticement are passing away.
But whoever does the will of God remains forever.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 96:7-8A, 8B-9, 10
R. (11a) Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

Give to the LORD, you families of nations,
give to the LORD glory and praise;
give to the LORD the glory due his name!
R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
Bring gifts, and enter his courts;
worship the LORD in holy attire.
Tremble before him, all the earth.
R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
Say among the nations: The LORD is king.
He has made the world firm, not to be moved;
he governs the peoples with equity.
R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

Gospel
LK 2:36-40

There was a prophetess, Anna,
the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.
She was advanced in years,
having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage,
and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.
She never left the temple,
but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer.
And coming forward at that very time,
she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child
to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.

When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions
of the law of the Lord,
they returned to Galilee,
to their own town of Nazareth.
The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom;
and the favor of God was upon him.


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“Yet the world and its enticement are passing away. But whoever does the will of God remains forever.”  (John 2:17)

REFLECTION
I have this favorite movie to watch entitled “About Time.” It’s about a guy who has the ability to time travel and change his fate. The ability was passed on to each boy in their clan, so his father had the same abilities. They had such a loving relationship with one another that the guy would do anything for his dad.

But then the dad was dying because of cancer and going back in time couldn’t save him anymore. So during their last father-and-son conversation, the father asked him to live a day without changing anything then go back in time and live it again.

And so, he did his usual routine: wake up, prepare breakfast, be stressed in work, be annoyed by the commute home, and go back to bed. Then he lived the same day again. This time, he was able to appreciate and notice more of the little things: the greetings of his co-workers, the band playing on the street, and the hugs of his kids.

And that my friends, is where I connect today’s readings: sometimes we become so tired of our daily routine or on the things that we already have, that we pray and request for something new or something more to happen. We forget to realize that everyday, God has already been blessing us little by little through the people we are with and to the things that we already have.

We don’t have the ability to go back in time, so for this coming New Year, let us not waste our wishes into asking for new relationships, new materials and new experiences but rather continuation of the great things that Has blessed us this year. Let us open our hearts and allow Him to reveal to us His amazing plans, because no relationship, no material, and no experience is compared to His everlasting love.

PS: Watch the movie if you can! 🙂

Reflection Song

Your Grace Is Enough By Chris Tomlin

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