Little Whispers, Nikki Miranda

Reap in Joy

First Reading
Ezra 1:1-6

In the first year of Cyrus, king of Persia,
in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah,
the LORD inspired King Cyrus of Persia
to issue this proclamation throughout his kingdom,
both by word of mouth and in writing:
“Thus says Cyrus, king of Persia:
‘All the kingdoms of the earth
the LORD, the God of heaven, has given to me,
and he has also charged me to build him a house in Jerusalem,
which is in Judah.
Therefore, whoever among you belongs to any part of his people,
let him go up, and may his God be with him!
Let everyone who has survived, in whatever place he may have dwelt,
be assisted by the people of that place
with silver, gold, goods, and cattle,
together with free-will offerings
for the house of God in Jerusalem.'”

Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin
and the priests and Levites–
everyone, that is, whom God had inspired to do so–
prepared to go up to build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem.
All their neighbors gave them help in every way,
with silver, gold, goods, and cattle,
and with many precious gifts
besides all their free-will offerings.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 126:1B-2AB, 2CD-3, 4-5, 6
R.(3) The Lord has done marvels for us.

When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
we were like men dreaming.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with rejoicing.
R.The Lord has done marvels for us.
Then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us;
we are glad indeed.
R.The Lord has done marvels for us.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like the torrents in the southern desert.
Those that sow in tears
shall reap rejoicing.
R.The Lord has done marvels for us.
Although they go forth weeping,
carrying the seed to be sown,
They shall come back rejoicing,
carrying their sheaves.
R.The Lord has done marvels for us.

Gospel
Luke 8:16-18
Jesus said to the crowd:
“No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel
or sets it under a bed;
rather, he places it on a lampstand
so that those who enter may see the light.
For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible,
and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.
Take care, then, how you hear.
To anyone who has, more will be given,
and from the one who has not,
even what he seems to have will be taken away.”


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“Although they go forth weeping, carrying the seed to be sown. They shall come back rejoicing, carrying their sheaves.” (Psalm 126:6)

REFLECTION
Upon reading the Word and writing this reflection, I thought about all the low points I’ve experienced in my life so far. All the times when I felt that everything was going downhill, all the times I cried myself to sleep, and all the times when I felt like I had no one. As I remembered those things, I realized that I brought myself in those positions in the first place. This was because I used to let myself be hurt by the people around me. I kept on letting prideful, dishonest, and selfish people enter my life.

Looking back, the reason why I felt like everything was crumbling was because I didn’t forgive those people immediately. I knew that forgiving was the right thing to do, but at the same time, it was the hardest. I was afraid, because I thought that after I forgive them, the pain would not go away in an instant. But eventually, it did.

In today’s readings, it says that we must carry the seeds we must sow so that we may be able to reap the harvest. It is impossible to live a life without struggles, problems, burdens, and heartbreaks. But one thing for sure is that with God, you are ensured to have a future full of hope.

Forgiveness is only one of the many ways that will lead us to returning back home to the Lord. We may not always feel the His presence, yet He never grows tired of asking us to trust and have faith in Him. We will continue to endure many more trials in the future, but with His merciful hand, He will gladly let us rejoice after and give us victory over all of these.

Reflection Song

Touch the Sky by Hillsong UNITED

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