CJ Goronio, Little Whispers

Delayed Gratification

First Reading
Numbers 21:4B-9
With their patience worn out by the journey,
the people complained against God and Moses,
“Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,
where there is no food or water?
We are disgusted with this wretched food!”

In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents,
which bit the people so that many of them died.
Then the people came to Moses and said,
“We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you.
Pray the LORD to take the serpents from us.”
So Moses prayed for the people, and the LORD said to Moses,
“Make a saraph and mount it on a pole,
and if any who have been bitten look at it, they will live.”
Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole,
and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent
looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 78:1BC-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38
R. Do not forget the works of the Lord!
Hearken, my people, to my teaching;
incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth in a parable,
I will utter mysteries from of old.
R. Do not forget the works of the Lord!
While he slew them they sought him
and inquired after God again,
Remembering that God was their rock
and the Most High God, their redeemer.
R. Do not forget the works of the Lord!
But they flattered him with their mouths
and lied to him with their tongues,
Though their hearts were not steadfast toward him,
nor were they faithful to his covenant.
But he, being merciful, forgave their sin
and destroyed them not;
Often he turned back his anger
and let none of his wrath be roused.
R. Do not forget the works of the Lord!

Second Reading
Philippians 2:6-11

Brothers and sisters:
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
coming in human likeness;
and found human in appearance,
he humbled himself,
becoming obedient to death,
even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name
that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

John 3:13-17

Jesus said to Nicodemus:
“No one has gone up to heaven
except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man.
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.


“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3: 17)

Last May, I finally found the courage to file my resignation in the first company that I worked for. I realized that it was time to pursue the dreams I have been delaying — working in a career in marketing, studying in graduate school and saving enough to get a place of my own. I was sure of my decision, but it was still hard to leave a job I learned to love. It did not help that I was leaving behind workmates who were like family. It was a heavy cross to bear.

I was jobless for a while after that. I slept in most days; I did not have to wake up early and I did not have anything to do. However, not every day was a happy day. After every interview I go to, I found myself going to the church, sitting there and just crying my heart out. I was confused, and started to lose hope. I even questioned myself.

“Was it even worth it to let go of everything just for my dreams? Did I deserve this? Am I not good enough?”

Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. In the Gospel, God our Father gave His only Son to save us from our sins. Jesus was scared, and doubted Himself if He was worthy of the mission given to Him, and confused as to why He had to bear a cross all for this. He did not back out, though. Instead, He carried the cross with all His strength. In His final breath, He declared that “it is done.”

Just this August, I finally got accepted to my dream position with a company that recognizes my potential. I also passed to a graduate program that will help me further in my track. And now, I am working to save up for a place of my own.

Friends, we all have a cross to bear and it is not something that we can just drop. But remember, that in those moments where we feel like that ‘cross’ is burying our feet to the ground, Jesus is beside us carrying it too. There will be days where it is heavier than usual, or maybe you feel like you are not getting to where you want to be because of it. Find it in your heart to believe that Jesus is working it out with you. Trust His timing, strength, and love.

It might take a while for your cross to get light, but hey, that is why we call it delayed gratification.

Reflection Song

Trust in You by Lauren Daigle



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