Ana Luciano

Work in Progress

First Reading
Jeremiah 38: 4-6, 8-10

In those days, the princes said to the king:
“Jeremiah ought to be put to death;
he is demoralizing the soldiers who are left in this city,
and all the people, by speaking such things to them;
he is not interested in the welfare of our people,
but in their ruin.”
King Zedekiah answered: “He is in your power”;
for the king could do nothing with them.
And so they took Jeremiah
and threw him into the cistern of Prince Malchiah,
which was in the quarters of the guard,
letting him down with ropes.
There was no water in the cistern, only mud,
and Jeremiah sank into the mud.Ebed-melech, a court official,
went there from the palace and said to him:
“My lord king,
these men have been at fault
in all they have done to the prophet Jeremiah,
casting him into the cistern.
He will die of famine on the spot,
for there is no more food in the city.”
Then the king ordered Ebed-melech the Cushite
to take three men along with him,
and draw the prophet Jeremiah out of the cistern before
he should die.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 40:2,3,4,18

R. (14b)  Lord, come to my aid!
I have waited, waited for the LORD,
and he stooped toward me.
R. Lord, come to my aid!
The LORD heard my cry.
He drew me out of the pit of destruction,
out of the mud of the swamp;
he set my feet upon a crag;
he made firm my steps.
R. Lord, come to my aid!
And he put a new song into my mouth,
a hymn to our God.
Many shall look on in awe
and trust in the LORD.
R. Lord, come to my aid!
Though I am afflicted and poor,
yet the LORD thinks of me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
O my God, hold not back!
R. Lord, come to my aid!

Second Reading
Hebrew 12:1-4

Brothers and sisters:
Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us
and persevere in running the race that lies before us
while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus,
the leader and perfecter of faith.
For the sake of the joy that lay before him
he endured the cross, despising its shame,
and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God.
Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners,
in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart.
In your struggle against sin
you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.


Luke 12:49-53

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have come to set the earth on fire,
and how I wish it were already blazing!
There is a baptism with which I must be baptized,
and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!
Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?
No, I tell you, but rather division.
From now on a household of five will be divided,
three against two and two against three;
a father will be divided against his son
and a son against his father,
a mother against her daughter
and a daughter against her mother,
a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”


“I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” (Luke 12:49)

It has always been a big dream of mine to paint, draw and design for a living. During my last months in school, I was blessed to be able to earn through art until I graduated. Right after school, I was so positive about the consistent pool of clients that I decided to be a full-time freelance artist.

I felt like I was living the dream! I was my own boss. I handled my own time. I was doing what I love. But it wasn’t at all easy. I remember painting on our small flimsy dining table hoping to have my own workspace. I accepted too many projects that I missed deadlines. I realized I needed enough capital to be able to produce products. At the same time, I had to rely on my mom for financial support and was not able to contribute at home.

As these challenges built up, I had to give up my dream and chose to pursue work experience in different companies. There, I realized that there’s so much more to learn, so much more to discover.

It’s been a year since I started doing freelance again. As I look back, I couldn’t imagine being able to support myself and live alone. God surprised me with a bigger space where I could work. Most of all, this opportunity has given me a chance to encourage others to serve through their God-given talents. It’s still not easy but I learned to let Him take control.

Sometimes, God works on us through difficult moments to humble us and help us be grateful. We may have big dreams but He has bigger plans and even better timing.

Jesus, I thank You for working in my life. I pray that you continue to humble me and teach me good things. I offer you my dreams and difficult moments.



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