Little Whispers, Trisha Rodriguez

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First Reading
Deuteronomy 34:1-12

Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo,
the headland of Pisgah which faces Jericho,
and the LORD showed him all the land—
Gilead, and as far as Dan, all Naphtali,
the land of Ephraim and Manasseh,
all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea,
the Negeb, the circuit of the Jordan
with the lowlands at Jericho, city of palms,
and as far as Zoar.
The LORD then said to him,
“This is the land
which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
that I would give to their descendants.
I have let you feast your eyes upon it, but you shall not cross over.”
So there, in the land of Moab, Moses, the servant of the LORD,
died as the LORD had said; and he was buried in the ravine
opposite Beth-peor in the land of Moab,
but to this day no one knows the place of his burial.
Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died,
yet his eyes were undimmed and his vigor unabated.
For thirty days the children of Israel wept for Moses
in the plains of Moab, till they had completed
the period of grief and mourning for Moses.

Now Joshua, son of Nun, was filled with the spirit of wisdom,
since Moses had laid his hands upon him;
and so the children of Israel gave him their obedience,
thus carrying out the LORD’s command to Moses.

Since then no prophet has arisen in Israel like Moses,
whom the LORD knew face to face.
He had no equal in all the signs and wonders
the LORD sent him to perform in the land of Egypt
against Pharaoh and all his servants and against all his land,
and for the might and the terrifying power
that Moses exhibited in the sight of all Israel.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 66:1-3A, 5 AND 8, 16-17
R.(see 20a and 10b) Blessed be God who filled my soul with fire!

Shout joyfully to God, all the earth;
sing praise to the glory of his name;
proclaim his glorious praise.
Say to God: “How tremendous are your deeds!”
R. Blessed be God who filled my soul with fire!
Come and see the works of God,
his tremendous deeds among the children of Adam.
Bless our God, you peoples;
loudly sound his praise.
R. Blessed be God who filled my soul with fire!
Hear now, all you who fear God, while I declare
what he has done for me.
When I appealed to him in words,
praise was on the tip of my tongue.
R. Blessed be God who filled my soul with fire!

Gospel
Matthew 18:15-20

Jesus said to his disciples:
“If your brother sins against you,
go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.
If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.
If he does not listen,
take one or two others along with you,
so that every fact may be established
on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
If he refuses to listen to them, tell the Church.
If he refuses to listen even to the Church,
then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.
Amen, I say to you,
whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Again, amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth
about anything for which they are to pray,
it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.”


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”If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother. If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that  every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses.” (Matthew 18:15-16)

REFLECTION
Everyday, we interact with different forms of energy like heat and light. But out of all forms, I think we experience sound the most.

Growing up, I was so in love with music which is a form of sound. It has always filled these spaces we have in talking that I never quite found in anything else. Being a very quiet and shy person generally, I don’t like talking too much. I would rather much listen to other people or just simply be silent with a person. Silence just like music, has the ability to say things that aren’t seen or specified. We hear spaces filled with sound, like seeing spaces in paragraphs which is I think more important than the text. There are so many things we can’t say with words that resound in spaces: the things unsaid within what is said. 

We all talk and say things to other people. Words that uplift, that inform, and sometimes, words that hurt. There are things that we want them to hear, but can never quite say. Forgiveness happens when we understand each other, and that starts with letting them hear what can’t be heard. We make them see that by forgiving means understanding.

We all have our gaps but not all of us see them clearly. It is time for us to not only just accept our mistakes but also allow Jesus to enter our hearts! Rather than just sitting with our sins in silence, we must seek to change and fill our hearts with Jesus so that in turn we may reflect His love to the people around us.

Prayer
God, 
I thank You for bestowing me a love that I can reflect to others. Help me to humble myself, to see all the wrong I’ve done and seek out forgiveness. It is not an easy task to forgive, but through You, I know it is not impossible. I pray for a more loving and understanding heart. Bestow upon me a heart like Yours, like Jesus. Amen.

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