Giosh de la Fuente, Little Whispers

Holes

First Reading
1 Thessalonians 3:7-13

We have been reassured about you, brothers and sisters,
in our every distress and affliction, through your faith.
For we now live, if you stand firm in the Lord.

What thanksgiving, then, can we render to God for you,
for all the joy we feel on your account before our God?
Night and day we pray beyond measure to see you in person
and to remedy the deficiencies of your faith.
Now may God himself, our Father, and our Lord Jesus
direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase
and abound in love for one another and for all,
just as we have for you,
so as to strengthen your hearts,
to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father
at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones. Amen.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 90:3-5A, 12-13, 14 AND 17
R. (14) Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!

You turn man back to dust,
saying, “Return, O children of men.”
For a thousand years in your sight
are as yesterday, now that it is past,
or as a watch of the night.
R. Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!
Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain wisdom of heart.
Return, O LORD! How long?
Have pity on your servants!
R. Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!
Fill us at daybreak with your kindness,
that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days.
And may the gracious care of the LORD our God be ours;
prosper the work of our hands for us!
Prosper the work of our hands!
R. Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!

Gospel
Mark 6:17-29

Herod was the one who had John the Baptist arrested and bound in prison
on account of Herodias,
the wife of his brother Philip, whom he had married.
John had said to Herod,
“It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”
Herodias harbored a grudge against him
and wanted to kill him but was unable to do so.
Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man,
and kept him in custody.
When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed,
yet he liked to listen to him.
She had an opportunity one day when Herod, on his birthday,
gave a banquet for his courtiers,
his military officers, and the leading men of Galilee.
Herodias’ own daughter came in
and performed a dance that delighted Herod and his guests.
The king said to the girl,
“Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you.”
He even swore many things to her,
“I will grant you whatever you ask of me,
even to half of my kingdom.”
She went out and said to her mother,
“What shall I ask for?”
She replied, “The head of John the Baptist.”
The girl hurried back to the king’s presence and made her request,
“I want you to give me at once
on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”
The king was deeply distressed,
but because of his oaths and the guests
he did not wish to break his word to her.
So he promptly dispatched an executioner with orders
to bring back his head.
He went off and beheaded him in the prison.
He brought in the head on a platter and gave it to the girl.
The girl in turn gave it to her mother.
When his disciples heard about it,
they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.


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“Now may God himself, our Father, and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all just as we have for you…” (1 Thessalonians 3:11-12)

REFLECTION
Before I learned about God, my parents taught me to love everyone. Up to now, I still try my hardest to follow what I was taught and be a good person to everyone I meet, whether I know them or not. I was good at loving everyone. I was happy loving everyone. That was until my Lolo Romy passed away.

My Lolo Romy was my best friend. We did everything together. He was my hero. At the time, I thought I couldn’t live without him. Around early 2008, our family found out that he had lung cancer. He went through chemotherapy for a year and got very frail. He passed away on June 15, 2009. His departure left a huge hole in my heart. I was sad for a long time, and I didn’t know what to do or where to go.

Fast forward to 2016, my dad introduced me to the youth ministry of his community, Bukas Loob sa Diyos. I attended the Youth Life in the Spirit Seminar, which is where kids like me got to know the love and power of the Holy Spirit. With the help of the seminar, I began to learn how to love everyone again. Yet, the most important part of me learning how to love again is learning how much He loves us.

Through time and God’s grace, I realized that, yes, my Lolo may have left me, but God took his place in my life and became my guide. With each hole in our life, God wants us to put His love in everyone. Over time, His love will grow and keep growing into blessings our minds could never even imagine. The healing process might hurt a bit, but God promises He will complete us eventually.

Reflection Song

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