Little Whispers, Robby Fernandez

Beach Ready

First Reading
Wisdom 18:6-9
The night of the passover was known beforehand to our fathers,
that, with sure knowledge of the oaths in which they put their faith,
they might have courage.
Your people awaited the salvation of the just
and the destruction of their foes.
For when you punished our adversaries,
in this you glorified us whom you had summoned.
For in secret the holy children of the good were offering sacrifice
and putting into effect with one accord the divine institution.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 33:1, 12, 18-19, 20-22
R. (12b) Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
Exult, you just, in the LORD;
praise from the upright is fitting.
Blessed the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people he has chosen for his own inheritance.
R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,
upon those who hope for his kindness,
To deliver them from death
and preserve them in spite of famine.
R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
Our soul waits for the LORD,
who is our help and our shield.
May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us
who have put our hope in you.
R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

Second Reading
Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-12
Brothers and sisters:
Faith is the realization of what is hoped for
and evidence of things not seen.
Because of it the ancients were well attested.

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place
that he was to receive as an inheritance;
he went out, not knowing where he was to go.
By faith he sojourned in the promised land as in a foreign country,
dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs of the same promise;
for he was looking forward to the city with foundations,
whose architect and maker is God.
By faith he received power to generate,
even though he was past the normal age
—and Sarah herself was sterile—
for he thought that the one who had made the promise was
trustworthy.
So it was that there came forth from one man,
himself as good as dead,
descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky
and as countless as the sands on the seashore.

Gospel
Luke 12:35-40
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Gird your loins and light your lamps
and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding,
ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.
Blessed are those servants
whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.
Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,
have the servants recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.
And should he come in the second or third watch
and find them prepared in this way,
blessed are those servants.
Be sure of this:
if the master of the house had known the hour
when the thief was coming,
he would not have let his house be broken into.
You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect,
the Son of Man will come.”


“Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.” (Luke 12:36-38)

REFLECTION

I’m not the biggest fan of going to the beach. Sand and saltwater for days sounds like a bad idea to me, but my friends decided that that was our plan for the weekend.

The night before our trip, we were informed that it was going to rain hard. Since everyone had already set the weekend aside, there was no turning back. We pushed through, hoping that the weather would be kind. But to no one’s surprise, the storm insisted on turning this vacation into a nightmare!

Our tents were flooded with water and all of our bags were soaked by the continuous rains! We had no choice but to stay in our tents, and I realized that I had forgotten to bring a pillow and tissue for my worsening colds.

Stuck in our tents, we enjoyed each other’s stories. My friends were all better prepared than I was. We all went through the same things – soaked, cold, and stuck in that storm. But they didn’t hesitate to help me out, in spite of their problems. I realized then that I went into that trip with a heart that had little love for the beach. I prepared for it, while hoping to get there and back home as quickly as I could.

As problems like storms and thieves arrive, we are told to be vigilant and ready. No matter how hard you prepare, however, it still isn’t guaranteed that everything will be perfectly fine! But when the Lord calls on you to be there for those who will need him, it is that preparation that allows you to be a beacon of light and love to others. The heart that is fully open to Him and ready to give is the surprise that others might need on their dark and stormy days.

Prayer

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