Bea Borromeo, Little Whispers

Believer

First Reading
1 Thessalonians 2:9-13

You recall, brothers and sisters, our toil and drudgery.
Working night and day in order not to burden any of you,
we proclaimed to you the Gospel of God.
You are witnesses, and so is God,
how devoutly and justly and blamelessly
we behaved toward you believers.
As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his children,
exhorting and encouraging you and insisting
that you walk in a manner worthy of the God
who calls you into his Kingdom and glory.

And for this reason we too give thanks to God unceasingly,
that, in receiving the word of God from hearing us,
you received it not as the word of men, but as it truly is, the word of God,
which is now at work in you who believe.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 139:7-8, 9-10, 11-12AB

R.(1) You have searched me and you know me, Lord.
Where can I go from your spirit?
From your presence where can I flee?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I sink to the nether world, you are present there.
R. You have searched me and you know me, Lord.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
if I settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
Even there your hand shall guide me,
and your right hand hold me fast.
R. You have searched me and you know me, Lord.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall hide me,
and night shall be my light”–
For you darkness itself is not dark,
and night shines as the day.
R. You have searched me and you know me, Lord.

Gospel
Matthew 23:27-32

Jesus said,
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside,
but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of filth.
Even so, on the outside you appear righteous,
but inside you are filled with hypocrisy and evildoing.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You build the tombs of the prophets
and adorn the memorials of the righteous,
and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors,
we would not have joined them in shedding the prophets’ blood.’
Thus you bear witness against yourselves
that you are the children of those who murdered the prophets;
now fill up what your ancestors measured out!”


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“And for this reason we too give thanks to God unceasingly, that, in receiving the word of God from hearing us, you received it not as the word of men, but as it truly is, the word of God, which is now at work in you who believe.” (1 Thessalonians 2:13)

REFLECTION
I’ve always been this jolly, makulit and cheerful Bea that everyone knows. Someone who can easily talk to and laugh with the people around me.

That is why Satudays with BLD Youth Ministry has always been my source of energy after a tiring week at school — not until I joined the Praise Vocals Ministry. It registered that I won’t be the usual attendee who can talk and walk around, someone who has nothing to do but to simply sit and while waiting for the worship to start.

After almost 2 years of being a member of the Praise Ministry, I kept myself in the dark where all doubts and feeling of unworthiness sink in. I started making up excuses of having Saturday classes just to avoid singing in front, as I was too scared because I didn’t believe in myself. I stood away from the light that Jesus has been trying to show me.

Being with the youth for 8 years now made me realize that Jesus has been with me even in the absence of light in my life. I never knew that I’d  now be able to do solos whenever the prayer leader asks me to. I didn’t even think that He would discern me to be the Assistant head of Praise Vocals Ministry for 3 years now. What’s even bigger and surprising was, I couldn’t have imagined that Jesus would choose me to be the Pentacord for Evangelization, who guides both the Praise Band and Vocals, with Himself leading us to be the ministry He planned us to be.

Friends, the readings today tells us that no matter what, Jesus sees us even in the dark. He wants us to see Him in the absence of light in our life. He wants us to believe Him no matter how impossible we think it can be. And most of all, He wants us to believe that in the darkness, He will be our light.

Reflection Song

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