Diego Reyes, Little Whispers

An NSTP Experience

First Reading
Deuteronomy 31:1-8

When Moses had finished speaking to all Israel, he said to them,
“I am now one hundred and twenty years old
and am no longer able to move about freely;
besides, the LORD has told me that I shall not cross this Jordan.
It is the LORD, your God, who will cross before you;
he will destroy these nations before you,
that you may supplant them.
It is Joshua who will cross before you, as the LORD promised.
The LORD will deal with them just as he dealt with Sihon and Og,
the kings of the Amorites whom he destroyed,
and with their country.
When, therefore, the LORD delivers them up to you,
you must deal with them exactly as I have ordered you.
Be brave and steadfast; have no fear or dread of them,
for it is the LORD, your God, who marches with you;
he will never fail you or forsake you.”

Then Moses summoned Joshua and in the presence of all Israel
said to him, “Be brave and steadfast,
for you must bring this people into the land
which the LORD swore to their fathers he would give them;
you must put them in possession of their heritage.
It is the LORD who marches before you;
he will be with you and will never fail you or forsake you.
So do not fear or be dismayed.”

Responsorial Psalm
Deuteronomy 32:3-4AB, 7, 8, 9 and 12
R.(9a) The portion of the Lord is his people.

For I will sing the LORD’s renown.
Oh, proclaim the greatness of our God!
The Rock–how faultless are his deeds,
how right all his ways!
R. The portion of the Lord is his people.
Think back on the days of old,
reflect on the years of age upon age.
Ask your father and he will inform you,
ask your elders and they will tell you.
R. The portion of the Lord is his people.
When the Most High assigned the nations their heritage,
when he parceled out the descendants of Adam,
He set up the boundaries of the peoples
after the number of the sons of Israel.
R. The portion of the Lord is his people.
While the LORD’s own portion was Jacob,
his hereditary share was Israel.
The LORD alone was their leader,
no strange god was with him.
R. The portion of the Lord is his people.

Gospel
Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

The disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?”
He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said,
“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Whoever becomes humble like this child
is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.
And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones,
for I say to you that their angels in heaven
always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.
What is your opinion?
If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray,
will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills
and go in search of the stray?
And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it
than over the ninety-nine that did not stray.
In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father
that one of these little ones be lost.”


“and He said, ‘Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.'” (Matthew 18:3)

REFLECTION
During my freshman year in college, I took my NSTP and our block was assigned to teach children in a poor community somewhere in Quezon City. We had to go to that community every Saturday and spend the day bonding and teaching the kids that were assigned to us.

At first, all I thought about was the lessons I had to teach the children. I was busy drafting lesson plans and making fun activities to allow them to learn from me. However, the tables soon turned and I realized that just as they were learning from me, I was also learning from them. And while I taught them how to multiply two digit numbers, they were teaching me how to live life like a child would–a smile on the face and a humble disposition in life.

Today, friends, let us all be reminded that, even in small things like children, Jesus is trying to teach us lessons and truths that we forget!

We are often wrapped in our problems that we forget that there’s more to life than our problems! Like children, let us live our lives with the intention to be happy. This doesn’t mean that we run away from our problems, rather it is allowing God, our Father, the chance to help us. Often, our arrogance and pride prevents Him from taking control, but let us all remember that even Jesus had to pray and ask for help from His Father. Who are we to not do the same? When we allow the hands of the Father to mold our lives, we allow our hearts the chance to know a peace that we’ve never experienced before!

Storms will come and go, but when you let Jesus be the captain of your life, you can rest knowing that your captain is not only in charge of your ship, but He is also in control of the storm, the seas and the skies.

Reflection Song

Praise You in this Storm by Casting Crowns

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