Justin Chong, Little Whispers

The Fresh Grad

First Reading
Revelation 11:19A; 12:1-6A, 10AB

God’s temple in heaven was opened,
and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple.

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun,
with the moon under her feet,
and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.
Then another sign appeared in the sky;
it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns,
and on its heads were seven diadems.
Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky
and hurled them down to the earth.
Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth,
to devour her child when she gave birth.
She gave birth to a son, a male child,
destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.
Her child was caught up to God and his throne.
The woman herself fled into the desert
where she had a place prepared by God.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have salvation and power come,
and the Kingdom of our God
and the authority of his Anointed One.”

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 45:10, 11, 12, 16

R.(10bc) The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
The queen takes her place at your right hand in gold of Ophir.
R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
Hear, O daughter, and see; turn your ear,
forget your people and your father’s house.
R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
So shall the king desire your beauty;
for he is your lord.
R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
They are borne in with gladness and joy;
they enter the palace of the king.
R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.

Second Reading
1 Corinthians 15:20-27

Brothers and sisters:
Christ has been raised from the dead,
the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since death came through man,
the resurrection of the dead came also through man.
For just as in Adam all die,
so too in Christ shall all be brought to life,
but each one in proper order:
Christ the firstfruits;
then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ;
then comes the end,
when he hands over the Kingdom to his God and Father,
when he has destroyed every sovereignty
and every authority and power.
For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
The last enemy to be destroyed is death,
for “he subjected everything under his feet.”

Luke 1:39-56

Mary set out
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
“Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.”

And Mary said:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.”

Mary remained with her about three months
and then returned to her home.


“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”(Luke 1: 45)

After graduating as a marketing student, I was ready for what the world had to offer. I was then immediately humbled as no company would accept a fresh graduate to be a brand assistant as I dreamed to be a brand manager one day. Brand assistants were usually hired with experience—that’s when my doubts started pouring in. After being so confident that brand marketing was made for me, my logical self kicked in. Maybe I was so drawn to brand marketing that I failed to calculate the risks. How many vacant positions in the field could there be in Metro Manila?

After months of job searching, I was so hopeless that I accepted an internship position even though I already graduated. The internship taught me so much about being a brand marketing manager and more importantly taught me how to handle myself in the corporate world. Of course, the internship was not a permanent thing and when I was done, I was searching for a job again. After months of unemployment, I was so close to dropping my dreams to settle for something else. But I got a call from a big company I was eyeing; they want me to be one of their brand assistants. I still remember the exact call.

I even asked them, “Why a fresh grad?”

She answered, “Because of your confidence and humility to be an intern.”

There are times that the Lord would lead us to our dreams. Most of the time, he would pave the way for these things to come true.

Sometimes though, things will not go our way to remind us to be humble. When this happens, we must remember that our dreams come from the Lord—instead of letting our doubts consume us, let us allow our faith in Him to do the talking! Like what happened to Mary in the Gospel, let’s never forget that the Lord keeps His promises!

Jesus, I know You are in control of my dreams! I know You have a wonderful plan for me, and I am ready to do everything for that plan. Amen.


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