Little Whispers, Nina Miranda

Missed Calls

First Reading
Judges 2:11-19

The children of Israel offended the LORD by serving the Baals.
Abandoning the LORD, the God of their fathers,
who led them out of the land of Egypt,
they followed the other gods of the various nations around them,
and by their worship of these gods provoked the LORD.

Because they had thus abandoned him and served Baal and the Ashtaroth,
the anger of the LORD flared up against Israel,
and he delivered them over to plunderers who despoiled them.
He allowed them to fall into the power of their enemies round about
whom they were no longer able to withstand.
Whatever they undertook, the LORD turned into disaster for them,
as in his warning he had sworn he would do,
till they were in great distress.
Even when the LORD raised up judges to deliver them
from the power of their despoilers,
they did not listen to their judges,
but abandoned themselves to the worship of other gods.
They were quick to stray from the way their fathers had taken,
and did not follow their example of obedience
to the commandments of the LORD.
Whenever the LORD raised up judges for them, he would be with the judge
and save them from the power of their enemies
as long as the judge lived;
it was thus the LORD took pity on their distressful cries
of affliction under their oppressors.
But when the judge died,
they would relapse and do worse than their ancestors,
following other gods in service and worship,
relinquishing none of their evil practices or stubborn conduct.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 106:34-35, 36-37, 39-40, 43AB AND 44
R. (4a) Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.

They did not exterminate the peoples,
as the LORD had commanded them,
But mingled with the nations
and learned their works.
R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
They served their idols,
which became a snare for them.
They sacrificed their sons
and their daughters to demons.
R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
They became defiled by their works,
and wanton in their crimes.
And the LORD grew angry with his people,
and abhorred his inheritance.
R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
Many times did he rescue them,
but they embittered him with their counsels.
Yet he had regard for their affliction
when he heard their cry.
R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.

Gospel
Matthew 19:16-22

A young man approached Jesus and said,
“Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?”
He answered him, “Why do you ask me about the good?
There is only One who is good.
If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
He asked him, “Which ones?”
And Jesus replied, “You shall not kill;
you shall not commit adultery;
you shall not steal;
you shall not bear false witness;
honor your father and your mother;
and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
The young man said to him,
“All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?”
Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go,
sell what you have and give to the poor,
and you will have treasure in heaven.
Then come, follow me.”
When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad,
for he had many possessions.


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“Jesus said to him, ‘If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’” (Matthew 19:21)

REFLECTION
Growing up with strict parents, I subconsciously developed the fear of missing out, or FOMO. Transferring to a different school for Senior High meant dorming during weekdays, and doing so meant new people, new experiences, and more freedom. Invites to study hall, food trips, and gala excited me, but I always had to ask for permission from my parents whenever I wanted to go. I was required to advise them of my whereabouts and I obeyed all the time. However, as the social gatherings piled up, soon enough, I made up excuses that sometimes lead to lying about where I would go. I slowly avoided their messages and calls. One night, I eventually got caught by my mom when my dorm managers told her that I was not back yet after curfew.

By disobeying my parents and lying to them, I broke their trust. I was not proud of what I did.

Both of today’s readings talk about following the Lord; a simple yet difficult thing to, especially when there are so many things that hinder us from being His disciple. Everyday, we are faced with distractions, fears, and problems. Everyday, we become tempted to commit mistakes. Like the young man, my understanding was limited—him being more concerned about his possessions was me being blinded by my fear so I could get what I wanted. I believe Jesus looked past beyond the young man, and gazed upon his heart. I too have learned, and am still learning from my own faults.

To truly follow Jesus, He asks us to completely surrender everything to Him. It may sound like He is asking too much of us, but in reality, it just means that He is asking us to sacrifice for Him, the same way that He did for us. We can do this merely by doing good, and loving Him. After all, loving and serving the Him above all else is the greatest commandment. By becoming aware of our sins, leaving everything behind and answering His call, we will become worthy of salvation.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, I place my trust in You, and my life in Your hands. I pray for Your guidance, to help me avoid the temptations of this world, so that I may always seek You and be able to surrender my whole heart to You. Amen.

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