Diego Reyes, Little Whispers

Conference Feels

First Reading
Revelation 21:9B-14

The angel spoke to me, saying,
“Come here.
I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
He took me in spirit to a great, high mountain
and showed me the holy city Jerusalem
coming down out of heaven from God.
It gleamed with the splendor of God.
Its radiance was like that of a precious stone,
like jasper, clear as crystal.
It had a massive, high wall,
with twelve gates where twelve angels were stationed
and on which names were inscribed,
the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.
There were three gates facing east,
three north, three south, and three west.
The wall of the city had twelve courses of stones as its foundation,
on which were inscribed the twelve names
of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 145:10-11, 12-13, 17-18
R.(12) Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.

Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
and speak of your might.
R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Making known to men your might
and the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Your Kingdom is a Kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
The LORD is just in all his ways
and holy in all his works.
The LORD is near to all who call upon him,
to all who call upon him in truth.
R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.

Gospel
John 1:45-51

Philip found Nathanael and told him,
“We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law,
and also the prophets, Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”
But Nathanael said to him,
“Can anything good come from Nazareth?”
Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him,
“Here is a true child of Israel.
There is no duplicity in him.”
Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.”
Nathanael answered him,
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Do you believe
because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?
You will see greater things than this.”
And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
you will see heaven opened and the angels of God
ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”


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 “… Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’” (John 1:46)

REFLECTION
I have always dreamt of going to another country all by myself. As a young kid, I craved for the independence of being in a foreign place alone!

For my successfully graduating high school, my parents surprised me by buying me tickets to Hillsong Conference in Sydney. At first, I thought they were coming with me to Sydney, but they told me that I’ll be travelling alone. I was taken aback because I thought my parents would never allow me to travel alone, but here I am, with tickets to a conference overseas! Naturally, I was very excited, but I also felt nervous. What if I got lost? What if I don’t make any friends? What if I’m too different to be in another country by myself? My brain was now overwhelmed by a cascade of nervousness that I couldn’t think straight.

When I got to the conference, everything was brand new. The culture was different, and I didn’t have anyone to rely on but myself. Seeing as how I had no choice but to make friends, I forced myself to raise my head high and make the most out of my trip!

In life, there are things that scare us! Sometimes, we allow the fear to rule our lives and scare us into living in boxes. Jesus encourages us today that there is a bright, new life out there waiting to be explored!

In the gospel, Jesus offers new life to his would-be disciples. Naturally, the men he called were nervous and afraid, but Jesus convinced them that being afraid all the time is not how they should live their lives! It is important for us to live life by going out and exploring the world He has prepared for us! Friends, remember that Jesus is always one step in front of you. Wherever you are heading, be comforted in the fact that He has already paved the way for you. All you have to do now is to see and experience the wonders He has prepared for you!

Prayer
Jesus, I pray that You show the way to me! Life is full of things that scare me, but I know that You have my back. Always remind me that You are with me. Amen!

Author

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