Little Whispers, Martina De Guzman

The Value

First Reading
Haggai 1:1-8

On the first day of the sixth month in the second year of King Darius,
The word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai
to the governor of Judah, Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel,
and to the high priest Joshua, son of Jehozadak:

Thus says the LORD of hosts:
This people says:
“The time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the LORD.”
(Then this word of the LORD came through Haggai, the prophet:)
Is it time for you to dwell in your own paneled houses,
while this house lies in ruins?

Now thus says the LORD of hosts:
Consider your ways!
You have sown much, but have brought in little;
you have eaten, but have not been satisfied;
You have drunk, but have not been exhilarated;
have clothed yourselves, but not been warmed;
And whoever earned wages
earned them for a bag with holes in it.

Thus says the LORD of hosts:
Consider your ways!
Go up into the hill country;
bring timber, and build the house
That I may take pleasure in it
and receive my glory, says the LORD.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 149:1B-2, 3-4, 5-6A AND 9B
R.(see 4a) The Lord takes delight in his people.

Sing to the LORD a new song
of praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel be glad in their maker,
let the children of Zion rejoice in their king.
R.The Lord takes delight in his people.
Let them praise his name in the festive dance,
let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.
For the LORD loves his people,
and he adorns the lowly with victory.
R.The Lord takes delight in his people.
Let the faithful exult in glory;
let them sing for joy upon their couches;
Let the high praises of God be in their throats.
This is the glory of all his faithful. Alleluia.
R.The Lord takes delight in his people.

Gospel
Luke 9:7-9

Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening,
and he was greatly perplexed because some were saying,
“John has been raised from the dead”;
others were saying, “Elijah has appeared”;
still others, “One of the ancient prophets has arisen.”
But Herod said, “John I beheaded.
Who then is this about whom I hear such things?”
And he kept trying to see him.


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“Now thus says the LORD of hosts: Reflect on your experience! You have sown much, but have brought in little; you have eaten, but have not been satisfied; You have drunk, but have not become intoxicated; you have clothed yourselves, but have not been warmed; And the hired worker labors for a bag full of holes.” (Haggai 1: 5-6)

REFLECTION
“Uy, gusto ko nun!” (I want that!)
“Ma, pwedeng pabili please? Hehe” (Mom, can you buy this for me? Hehe)

These are the words I would always say when I want something, mostly when I don’t have enough money!

I learned the long and hard way on how to save money. I usually spend too much on stuff I don’t need without regard for the things I really need. One day, my mom just snapped and got really mad at me for buying too many things. This is when I started to tell myself that I have to learn how to be happy with the things I already have. It was such a struggle for me to contain my impulsive side; it was hard for me not to buy the things I see and want. I decided to sell baked goodies so I can have money on my own. However, I still didn’t see the value of money. I spent some of it on school things or my expenses with my hang outs and when I go to church, but most of it on things that were just my wants like food, some make up or whatever. After graduation, I decided to take a break from school because I just got tired and the spark of my passion wasn’t there anymore, so I decided to go and explore. I tried working. I tried working. I applied at Concentrix, a call center, thinking that while I was earning, I will learn the value of money. I tried it out and now I currently work and earn my own money.

Through this learning experience, God made me see how valuable things are. He used my mom to inspire me to work hard for the things I want and need. Now that I earn my own money, I have learned how to be content with what I have. It took me a while to be content, but He never gave up on me. Earning and having money is not a bad thing, but when we allow it to control our lives, then it becomes a problem. We must place our value not in material wealth, but in the treasure He has in store for us!

I may not have the best make-up or the yummiest food, as long as I have God by my side, everything will be alright!

Prayer
Father God, thank you for blessing me with a happy heart mind and soul, thank you for giving me a satisfied heart.

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