Little Whispers, Nikki Miranda

Lesson One

First Reading
1 Thessalonians 4:9-11

Brothers and sisters:
On the subject of fraternal charity
you have no need for anyone to write you,
for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.
Indeed, you do this for all the brothers throughout Macedonia.
Nevertheless we urge you, brothers and sisters, to progress even more,
and to aspire to live a tranquil life,
to mind your own affairs,
and to work with your own hands,
as we instructed you.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 98:1, 7-8, 9
R.(9) The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.

Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.
Let the sea and what fills it resound,
the world and those who dwell in it;
Let the rivers clap their hands,
the mountains shout with them for joy.
R. The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.
Before the LORD, for he comes,
for he comes to rule the earth;
He will rule the world with justice
and the peoples with equity.
R. The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.

Gospel
Matthew 25:14-30

Jesus told his disciples this parable:
“A man going on a journey
called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them.
To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one–
to each according to his ability.
Then he went away.
Immediately the one who received five talents went and traded with them,
and made another five.
Likewise, the one who received two made another two.
But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground
and buried his master’s money.
After a long time
the master of those servants came back and settled accounts with them.
The one who had received five talents
came forward bringing the additional five.
He said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents.
See, I have made five more.’
His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.
Since you were faithful in small matters,
I will give you great responsibilities.
Come, share your master’s joy.’
Then the one who had received two talents also came forward and said,
‘Master, you gave me two talents.
See, I have made two more.’
His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.
Since you were faithful in small matters,
I will give you great responsibilities.
Come, share your master’s joy.’
Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said,
‘Master, I knew you were a demanding person,
harvesting where you did not plant
and gathering where you did not scatter;
so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground.
Here it is back.’
His master said to him in reply, ‘You wicked, lazy servant!
So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant
and gather where I did not scatter?
Should you not then have put my money in the bank
so that I could have got it back with interest on my return?
Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten.
For to everyone who has,
more will be given and he will grow rich;
but from the one who has not,
even what he has will be taken away.
And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.'”


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“… you have no need for anyone to write you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another” (1 Thessalonians 4:9)

REFLECTION
I grew up in the comfort of a loving environment. My parents have always been supportive in everything my siblings and I choose to do. I have no recollection of them not being open to new things I wanted to try. I am who I am today because of the things they’ve taught me.

Sadly, one thing they did not teach me was how cruel the world is.

It was when I entered high school when I realized that not everything would be easy and simple. I was not prepared to enter new territory. It felt like a constant competition with the people around me. I was hurt because I was judged for having different views from others. I was lied to and betrayed by people who were close to my heart.

Little by little, I was forgetting the most important lesson that my parents taught me, and that was to love and forgive even if it isn’t always easy to do. To love and forgive, no matter what other people say. To love and forgive, because that is what God would do.

I am very much blessed with parents who show me the love God wants me to see and feel as they have always placed Jesus in the center of our family.

Today, God is calling us to love, with His love. We may not always see eye to eye with others, but I know God would want all of us to look into their hearts with love and forgiveness.

Prayer
Almighty Father, thank You for gifting me with mentors remind me to love and forgive. Use me so that I may also teach Your love to others. Amen.

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