Little Whispers, Mara Roma

Delivered from Doubt

First Reading
Colossians 1:9-14

Brothers and sisters:
From the day we heard about you, we do not cease praying for you
and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will
through all spiritual wisdom and understanding
to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord,
so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruit
and growing in the knowledge of God,
strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might,
for all endurance and patience,
with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share
in the inheritance of the holy ones in light.
He delivered us from the power of darkness
and transferred us to the Kingdom of his beloved Son,
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 98:2-3AB, 3CD-4, 5-6
R. (2) The Lord has made known his salvation.

The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.
Sing praise to the LORD with the harp,
with the harp and melodious song.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
sing joyfully before the King, the LORD.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.

Luke 5:1-11

While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God,
he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret.
He saw two boats there alongside the lake;
the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets.
Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon,
he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore.
Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.
After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon,
“Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.”
Simon said in reply,
“Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing,
but at your command I will lower the nets.”
When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish
and their nets were tearing.
They signaled to their partners in the other boat
to come to help them.
They came and filled both boats
so that the boats were in danger of sinking.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said,
“Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”
For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him
and all those with him,
and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee,
who were partners of Simon.
Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid;
from now on you will be catching men.”
When they brought their boats to the shore,
they left everything and followed him.


“He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the Kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:14)

On my last year in college, I felt uncertain about the course I was taking up and contemplated if was really for me. Did I want to continue what I started or did I want to give up?

I expected that my 4th year in college was going to be easy because I only had a few subjects. I always thought that they were only needed for my thesis and internship, but I was wrong. During the 1st semester, I usually went and hung out with my friends, not even bothering to check my requirements. I always crammed, which led to failing my exams. I was alarmed when my college dean and professors told me that if I did not finish my thesis and my other requirements, I would not be able to graduate on time. They talked to my parents and told them what was happening. My parents were very disappointed in me, asking what was wrong. I myself, too, did not know the answer. I was so afraid and I wanted to give up at that point. But I realized that I was already on my last year and there was no turning back. At the time, not knowing what to do, I did nothing but cry.

After, even if my parents got mad at me, they were the ones who motivated me and told me that giving up was not the answer. From them, it became clear to me that God, indeed, moves in mysterious ways—by giving me the gift of family, and using my parents as instruments in making me feel that He will always be there for me. They showed me their unconditional love and support even in my darkest times. With them, I was not only able to finish all my requirements, but I also graduated on time, passed the board exam, and now I continue to pursue my dreams one step at a time.

Even when I doubted myself, God didn’t. When I was so down, he lifted me up. When I wanted to give up, He did not give up on me. God is truly amazing! Don’t be afraid to face what is coming; trust in His plans and wait for His perfect timing.

Reflection Song



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