Little Whispers, Yeye Rodriguez

Strength in Love

First Reading
Ruth 1:1, 3-6, 14B-16, 22

Once in the time of the judges there was a famine in the land;
so a man from Bethlehem of Judah
departed with his wife and two sons
to reside on the plateau of Moab.
Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died,
and she was left with her two sons, who married Moabite women,
one named Orpah, the other Ruth.
When they had lived there about ten years,
both Mahlon and Chilion died also,
and the woman was left with neither her two sons nor her husband.
She then made ready to go back from the plateau of Moab
because word reached her there
that the LORD had visited his people and given them food.

Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-bye, but Ruth stayed with her.

Naomi said, “See now!
Your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and her god.
Go back after your sister-in-law!”
But Ruth said, “Do not ask me to abandon or forsake you!
For wherever you go, I will go, wherever you lodge I will lodge,
your people shall be my people, and your God my God.”

Thus it was that Naomi returned
with the Moabite daughter-in-law, Ruth,
who accompanied her back from the plateau of Moab.
They arrived in Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 146:5-6AB, 6C-7, 8-9A, 9BC-10
R.(1b) Praise the Lord, my soul!

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD, his God,
Who made heaven and earth,
the sea and all that is in them.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
The LORD keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
The LORD gives sight to the blind.
The LORD raises up those who were bowed down;
The LORD loves the just.
The LORD protects strangers.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
The fatherless and the widow he sustains,
but the way of the wicked he thwarts.
The LORD shall reign forever;
your God, O Zion, through all generations. Alleluia.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!

Gospel
Matthew 22:34-40

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees,
they gathered together, and one of them,
a scholar of the law, tested him by asking,
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”
He said to him,
“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart,
with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second is like it:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”


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“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  (Matthew 22:35-40)

REFLECTION
What do you think of when you hear the word love? If you ask me, my family and friends usually come to mind first. For me, love is one of, if not the strongest foundations of our relationships with the people we care about. Lately, I realized how important love is in our lives; that without it, we are nothing but merely people striving to survive. Love is what makes us human. Aside from that, there is more meaning to love than what we already know of. There exists Jesus’ love for us that is endless in depth and most powerful of all.

I share this because back when I was at my lowest point, I thought that Jesus did not love me anymore. I called out to Him many times, asking why He would let me be miserable in my life if He truly loved me. Before, I would easily get annoyed at anyone since I found it difficult to try being composed all the time. Eventually, some of my friends asked me if I was doing alright. When they tried to help me with my problems, that was when I felt loved.

I may not have known it then, but now I understand that the Lord sent my friends as His vessels to make me feel His love once again. He made me go through all of those things because of the same love. Without them, I wouldn‘t be where I am today. I probably would not be able to enjoy and appreciate everything around me and be more grateful to Him.

My friends and family made me realize that love is something that cannot be seen but felt, like God. We may not see Him, but His presence can be felt through the people around us who love us as He does.

Prayer
Father God, thank You for loving us despite our shortcomings, and for giving us a fresh start every day to be more than what we are and to choose to love the people around us. We pray that we may be able to continue sharing this love, Your love, to others, so that it may spread and create a positive difference in this world. Amen.

Author

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