Little Whispers, Trisha Rodriguez

The Path We Choose

First Reading
Ezra 9:5-9

At the time of the evening sacrifice, I, Ezra, rose in my wretchedness,
and with cloak and mantle torn I fell on my knees,
stretching out my hands to the LORD, my God.

I said: “My God, I am too ashamed and confounded to raise my face to you,
O my God, for our wicked deeds are heaped up above our heads
and our guilt reaches up to heaven.
From the time of our fathers even to this day
great has been our guilt,
and for our wicked deeds we have been delivered up,
we and our kings and our priests,
to the will of the kings of foreign lands,
to the sword, to captivity, to pillage, and to disgrace,
as is the case today.

“And now, but a short time ago, mercy came to us from the LORD, our God,
who left us a remnant and gave us a stake in his holy place;
thus our God has brightened our eyes
and given us relief in our servitude.
For slaves we are, but in our servitude our God has not abandoned us;
rather, he has turned the good will
of the kings of Persia toward us.
Thus he has given us new life
to raise again the house of our God and restore its ruins,
and has granted us a fence in Judah and Jerusalem.”

Responsorial Psalm
Tobit 13:2, 3-4A, 4BEFGHN, 7-8
R.(1b) Blessed be God, who lives for ever.

He scourges and then has mercy;
he casts down to the depths of the nether world,
and he brings up from the great abyss.
No one can escape his hand.
R.Blessed be God, who lives for ever.
Praise him, you children of Israel, before the Gentiles,
for though he has scattered you among them,
he has shown you his greatness even there.
R.Blessed be God, who lives for ever.
So now consider what he has done for you,
and praise him with full voice.
Bless the Lord of righteousness,
and exalt the King of ages.
R.Blessed be God, who lives for ever.
In the land of my exile I praise him
and show his power and majesty to a sinful nation.
R.Blessed be God, who lives for ever.
Bless the Lord, all you his chosen ones,
and may all of you praise his majesty.
Celebrate days of gladness, and give him praise.
R.Blessed be God, who lives for ever.

Gospel
Luke 9:1-6

Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority
over all demons and to cure diseases,
and he sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God
and to heal the sick.
He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey,
neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money,
and let no one take a second tunic.
Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there.
And as for those who do not welcome you,
when you leave that town,
shake the dust from your feet in testimony against them.”
Then they set out and went from village to village
proclaiming the good news and curing diseases everywhere.


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Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future.” – Luke 13:8

REFLECTION
In this day and age, we measure our success by the amount of time it takes us to finish a task. We feel more productive when we’ve done more in the span of a few hours rather than delegating tasks within a number of days. I thought the shorter the time, the more success I would gain. This perspective changed when I didn’t graduate this year.

The defeat I felt when it sunk in that I wasn’t going to graduate this year really overwhelmed me.

It’s a hard thing to accept. For some time, I blamed God for not hearing me when I cried for help. I thought it was His fault and I tried to ignore His calls to come to Him. When I told a friend of my frustrations with God, he pointed out to me that while He is actively working in our lives, it is still up to us to do what we need to do. He has laid down the plans, and it is up to us to follow that road.

We think there’s only one path but when you think about it, it’s a combination of different roads that God has placed in our direction. Those are His plans, for us to choose which road we want to be in. We can’t control the time we’re given. We can only control how we go through that road. We can choose what we make of our life. We can choose to let go of the past we keep on holding on to. It’s not there anymore. We can choose to surround ourselves and fill ourselves with hopes and dreams. Never let go of all the good that God has laid out for us to grab. We can’t control what paths are given to us or how long it’ll take us to travel that path, but we however, can control how we enter those we choose to go through.

Prayer
God, 
You are a good Father. I thank You for this path I am in, no matter how hard it may be right now, I thank You. I thank You for the happiness I have, no matter how large or small in doses it may be given to me. You do not give me anything I can not handle. Feelings of confusion and doubt may fill my mind but reassure me each time, Father, that I am where you want me to be. I love You. Amen.

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