Bea Borromeo, Little Whispers

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First Reading
1 Timothy 6:2C-12
Beloved:
Teach and urge these things.
Whoever teaches something different
and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ
and the religious teaching
is conceited, understanding nothing,
and has a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes.
From these come envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions,
and mutual friction among people with corrupted minds,
who are deprived of the truth,
supposing religion to be a means of gain.
Indeed, religion with contentment is a great gain.
For we brought nothing into the world,
just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it.
If we have food and clothing, we shall be content with that.
Those who want to be rich are falling into temptation and into a trap
and into many foolish and harmful desires,
which plunge them into ruin and destruction.
For the love of money is the root of all evils,
and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith
and have pierced themselves with many pains.

But you, man of God, avoid all this.
Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion,
faith, love, patience, and gentleness.
Compete well for the faith.
Lay hold of eternal life,
to which you were called when you made the noble confession
in the presence of many witnesses.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 49:6-7, 8-10, 17-18, 19-20
R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
Why should I fear in evil days
when my wicked ensnarers ring me round?
They trust in their wealth;
the abundance of their riches is their boast.
R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
Yet in no way can a man redeem himself,
or pay his own ransom to God;
Too high is the price to redeem one’s life; he would never have enough
to remain alive always and not see destruction.
R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
Fear not when a man grows rich,
when the wealth of his house becomes great,
For when he dies, he shall take none of it;
his wealth shall not follow him down.
R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
Though in his lifetime he counted himself blessed,
“They will praise you for doing well for yourself,”
He shall join the circle of his forebears
who shall never more see light.
R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!

Gospel
Luke 8:1-3
Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another,
preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God.
Accompanying him were the Twelve
and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities,
Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,
Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza,
Susanna, and many others
who provided for them out of their resources.


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“But you, man of God, avoid all this. Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. Compete well for the faith…” (1 Timothy 6: 11-12)

REFLECTION
A year ago, I started a job in a very good company who offered so much more than what I expected, knowing that it’s just my second job since I graduated. 

The company not just offered me financial security, but also newfound relationships in a new environment. I was so happy to finally have a new place where I can be my new self again. However, as the days went by, I became too focused on my worldly needs. Travelling, new clothes, expensive meals and more. I felt entitled to everything the world had to offer, all because I achieved something. 

Inevitably, I hit the point where it got too tiring. I realized that I had forgotten to be grateful for everything that I have been receiving. I stopped putting my heart into service because I failed to realize that there is so much more beyond having all the things that I want in life. I became too busy focusing on the world that I actually failed to pursue where everything came from. 

My friends, the Lord is telling us to focus on Him, even after we have succeeded in life. 

We must be reminded to nourish our life–not falling into the trap of materialism and life in this world, but falling more in love with Jesus and the gift of eternal life with Him. While it is hard to acknowledge God when we are down in defeat, sometimes it is harder to acknowledge God when we are on top. When we win in life, we often forget who brought us there. So, wherever you are in life, whether you are winning or losing, always know that you will always have Jesus beside you! 

In every challenge, obstacle and mountain you face, Jesus is with you in every step. 

Reflection Song

As You Find Me by Hillsong UNITED

Author

wc-beab

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