Little Whispers, Ryan Rivera

Say Yes

First Reading
Judges 9:6-15

All the citizens of Shechem and all Beth-millo came together
and proceeded to make Abimelech king
by the terebinth at the memorial pillar in Shechem.

When this was reported to him,
Jotham went to the top of Mount Gerizim and, standing there,
cried out to them in a loud voice:
“Hear me, citizens of Shechem, that God may then hear you!
Once the trees went to anoint a king over themselves.
So they said to the olive tree, ‘Reign over us.’
But the olive tree answered them, ‘Must I give up my rich oil,
whereby men and gods are honored,
and go to wave over the trees?’
Then the trees said to the fig tree, ‘Come; you reign over us!’
But the fig tree answered them,
‘Must I give up my sweetness and my good fruit,
and go to wave over the trees?’
Then the trees said to the vine, ‘Come you, and reign over us.’
But the vine answered them,
‘Must I give up my wine that cheers gods and men,
and go to wave over the trees?’
Then all the trees said to the buckthorn, ‘Come; you reign over us!’
But the buckthorn replied to the trees,
‘If you wish to anoint me king over you in good faith,
come and take refuge in my shadow.
Otherwise, let fire come from the buckthorn
and devour the cedars of Lebanon.'”

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 21:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
R.(2a) Lord, in your strength the king is glad.

O LORD, in your strength the king is glad;
in your victory how greatly he rejoices!
You have granted him his heart’s desire;
you refused not the wish of his lips.
R. Lord, in your strength the king is glad.
For you welcomed him with goodly blessings,
you placed on his head a crown of pure gold.
He asked life of you: you gave him
length of days forever and ever.
R. Lord, in your strength the king is glad.
Great is his glory in your victory;
majesty and splendor you conferred upon him.
You made him a blessing forever,
you gladdened him with the joy of your face.
R. Lord, in your strength the king is glad.

Gospel
Matthew 20:1-16

Jesus told his disciples this parable:
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a landowner
who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard.
After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage,
he sent them into his vineyard.
Going out about nine o’clock,
he saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
and he said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard,
and I will give you what is just.’
So they went off.
And he went out again around noon,
and around three o’clock, and did likewise.
Going out about five o’clock,
he found others standing around, and said to them,
‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’
They answered, ‘Because no one has hired us.’
He said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard.’
When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman,
‘Summon the laborers and give them their pay,
beginning with the last and ending with the first.’
When those who had started about five o’clock came,
each received the usual daily wage.
So when the first came, they thought that they would receive more,
but each of them also got the usual wage.
And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner, saying,
‘These last ones worked only one hour,
and you have made them equal to us,
who bore the day’s burden and the heat.’
He said to one of them in reply,
‘My friend, I am not cheating you.
Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?
Take what is yours and go.
What if I wish to give this last one the same as you?
Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money?
Are you envious because I am generous?’
Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.”


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“… and He said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard, and I will give you what is just.'” (Matthew 20:4)

REFLECTION
As a part of the sponsoring class of Youth Encounter #27, I was tapped by our shepherds to be the piety head and my first and only response was “Why?”.

There were a lot of reasons why I felt unworthy to handle piety. I was still a new member of BLD Youth. I did not know yet how to lead in the vigil room. I did not think that I was good in praying. The list went on as I looked for more reasons why. It was during our preparations when I was so full of doubt and frustration. I felt that my service was not enough as I continued to ask “Why me, Lord?”.

It was when I started to lay down my whys before Jesus when I realized that my service is not about me. I was not called to shine my own light but to reflect His. Jesus reminded me that it was never about how capable I was of accomplishing tasks but it was about how faithful and obedient I was by saying Yes to Him without expecting anything in return. It was through my yes that I was able to do what was asked of me, including the things I never thought I could do. It was through my yes to Jesus where I found peace in praying for other people. And today, I was reminded of my growth all because of saying yes to the Lord.

Today, Jesus is telling us that all we have to do is to answer His call by saying YES to Him. Just like how the men in the parable accepted the invitation of the landowner to work in his vineyard, it is not the work that is rewarded but rather it’s the choice to accept the invitation—His invitation.

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