Julia Paguio, Little Whispers

Who Are You?

First Reading
Ezra 6:7-8, 12B, 14-20
King Darius issued an order to the officials
of West-of-Euphrates:
“Let the governor and the elders of the Jews
continue the work on that house of God;
they are to rebuild it on its former site.
I also issue this decree
concerning your dealing with these elders of the Jews
in the rebuilding of that house of God:
From the royal revenue, the taxes of West-of-Euphrates,
let these men be repaid for their expenses, in full and without delay.
I, Darius, have issued this decree;
let it be carefully executed.”

The elders of the Jews continued to make progress in the building,
supported by the message of the prophets,
Haggai and Zechariah, son of Iddo.
They finished the building according to the command
of the God of Israel
and the decrees of Cyrus and Darius
and of Artaxerxes, king of Persia.
They completed this house on the third day of the month Adar,
in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius.
The children of Israel–priests, Levites,
and the other returned exiles–
celebrated the dedication of this house of God with joy.
For the dedication of this house of God,
they offered one hundred bulls,
two hundred rams, and four hundred lambs,
together with twelve he-goats as a sin-offering for all Israel,
in keeping with the number of the tribes of Israel.
Finally, they set up the priests in their classes
and the Levites in their divisions
for the service of God in Jerusalem,
as is prescribed in the book of Moses.

The exiles kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month.
The Levites, every one of whom had purified himself for the occasion,
sacrificed the Passover for the rest of the exiles,
for their brethren the priests, and for themselves.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4AB, 4CD-5
R.(1)  Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
I rejoiced because they said to me,
“We will go up to the house of the LORD.”
And now we have set foot
within your gates, O Jerusalem.
R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
Jerusalem, built as a city
with compact unity.
To it the tribes go up,
the tribes of the LORD.
R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
According to the decree for Israel,
to give thanks to the name of the LORD.
In it are set up judgment seats,
seats for the house of David.
R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

Luke 8:19-21

The mother of Jesus and his brothers came to him
but were unable to join him because of the crowd.
He was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside
and they wish to see you.”
He said to them in reply, “My mother and my brothers
are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”


“He said to them in reply, ‘My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.‘” (Luke 8:21)

Jesus gave us the holy commandments to follow. These commandments are not only rules to live by, but a lifestyle in the path of Catholicism. He ensured us that the lives we choose are with free will, but are we doing it as He hoped His children would?

Growing up in a Catholic community I was taught to do things as how God would. Constantly reminded of the Ten Commandments, I found them boring at some point. Neglecting and ignoring the teachings, life went havoc. I closed myself not knowing the severity of the consequences. At such a young age I was lost and I couldn’t recognize who I was. Questions started popping up. Confused with where I went wrong, I found myself serving at Family Encounter #99 (a seminar for families towards a more loving and God-filled relationship).

Then the same reminders were thrown at me. This time my heart happily embraced them. I was finally happy even when the things I was doing seemed boring at that time. Through service I slowly found my way back to a life with Christ. I saw who I was meant to be—His daughter and disciple. Why was I not doing anything right when all I needed to do was obey and follow? Whole-heartedly listening to His word and acting on it was (and still is) my purpose.

I am a follower of Christ. To listen and act on His word is what I must do… and so should you.

Reflection Song

Who Am I by Casting Crowns



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