Eca Flores, Little Whispers

Instrument of God

First Reading
Zechariah 8:1–8

This word of the LORD of hosts came:

Thus says the LORD of hosts:

I am intensely jealous for Zion,
stirred to jealous wrath for her.
Thus says the LORD:
I will return to Zion,
and I will dwell within Jerusalem;
Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city,
and the mountain of the LORD of hosts,
the holy mountain.

Thus says the LORD of hosts: Old men and old women,
each with staff in hand because of old age,
shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem.
The city shall be filled with boys and girls playing in its streets.
Thus says the LORD of hosts:
Even if this should seem impossible
in the eyes of the remnant of this people,
shall it in those days be impossible in my eyes also,
says the LORD of hosts?
Thus says the LORD of hosts:
Lo, I will rescue my people from the land of the rising sun,
and from the land of the setting sun.
I will bring them back to dwell within Jerusalem.
They shall be my people, and I will be their God,
with faithfulness and justice.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 102:16–18, 19–21, 2 and 22–23
R. The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.

The nations shall revere your name, O LORD,
and all the kings of the earth your glory,
When the LORD has rebuilt Zion
and appeared in his glory;
When he has regarded the prayer of the destitute,
and not despised their prayer.
R. The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.
Let this be written for the generation to come,
and let his future creatures praise the LORD:
“The LORD looked down from his holy height,
from heaven he beheld the earth,
To hear the groaning of the prisoners,
to release those doomed to die.”
R. The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.
The children of your servants shall abide,
and their posterity shall continue in your presence.
That the name of the LORD may be declared in Zion;
and his praise, in Jerusalem,
When the peoples gather together,
and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.
R./ The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.

Gospel Reading
Luke 9:46-50

An argument arose among the disciples
about which of them was the greatest.
Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child
and placed it by his side and said to them,
“Whoever receives this child in my name receives me,
and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.
For the one who is least among all of you
is the one who is the greatest.”

Then John said in reply,
“Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name
and we tried to prevent him
because he does not follow in our company.”
Jesus said to him,
“Do not prevent him, for whoever is not against you is for you.”


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“Lo, I will rescue my people from the land of the rising sun, and from the land of the setting sun. I will bring them back to dwell within Jerusalem. They shall be my people, and I will be their God, with faithfulness and justice.” (Zechariah 8:8)

REFLECTION
Last February 2019, I was invited to be one of the Shepherds for Youth Life in the Spirit Seminar #38. As a Shepherd, I had to guide the people who would be attending the seminar. It meant that I had to be spiritually mature enough to lead the people closer to Him.

When I first received the message about it, I avoided opening the text message because I was afraid of committing to something I felt I was not ready yet. Not because I can’t commit my time in serving the Lord but because I am doubting myself if I am good enough to be considered as Shepherd. I had all the time in the world to be a Shepherd, but I doubted my ability to be a good enough Shepherd. There was a lot of fear in my heart; I felt unworthy and useless.

However, I was not turning my back on Him. I prayed to Him and asked for His guidance. It took me three weeks to discern, and I finally did commit myself as His Shepherd. I realized after accepting the role that He didn’t choose me because of my skills, but He chose me because He wanted me to be an instrument of His love.

Today, we are reminded that when we serve others, we are serving God’s purpose in their lives–doing so reduces our focus on ourselves and builds the Kingdom of God. When we are called to serve Him, it is only right to commit ourselves in giving back to God, to what He has already given and done for us. Always be reminded that He is within us when He uses us as His instrument of love.
Prayer
Lord Jesus, continue to free us from doing anything for the approval of people, or out of fear of people, or to gain power over people. Forgive us when we work for appreciation, recognition or congratulation. We could never earn, merit or deserve what you alone can give us. We’ll receive an inheritance only because of your work, not ours.

Author

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