Diego Reyes, Little Whispers

Tulog Mantika

First Reading
Zechariah 8:20-23
Thus says the LORD of hosts:
There shall yet come peoples,
the inhabitants of many cities;
and the inhabitants of one city shall approach those of another,
and say, “Come! let us go to implore the favor of the LORD”;
and, “I too will go to seek the LORD.”
Many peoples and strong nations shall come
to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem
and to implore the favor of the LORD.
Thus says the LORD of hosts:
In those days ten men of every nationality,
speaking different tongues, shall take hold,
yes, take hold of every Jew by the edge of his garment and say,

“Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 87:1B-3, 4-5, 6-7
R. (Zec 8:23) God is with us.
His foundation upon the holy mountains
the LORD loves:
The gates of Zion,
more than any dwelling of Jacob.
Glorious things are said of you,
O city of God!
R. God is with us.
I tell of Egypt and Babylon
among those that know the LORD;
Of Philistia, Tyre, Ethiopia:
“This man was born there.”
And of Zion they shall say:
“One and all were born in her;
And he who has established her
is the Most High LORD.”
R. God is with us.
They shall note, when the peoples are enrolled:
“This man was born there.”
And all shall sing, in their festive dance:
“My home is within you.”
R. God is with us.

Luke 9:51-56
When the days for Jesus to be taken up were fulfilled,
he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem,
and he sent messengers ahead of him.
On the way they entered a Samaritan village
to prepare for his reception there,
but they would not welcome him
because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem.
When the disciples James and John saw this they asked,
“Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven
to consume them?”
Jesus turned and rebuked them,
and they journeyed to another village.


“Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village.” (Luke 9:55-56)

I love sleeping.

If I’m not playing video games or reading a book, you can catch me snoozing in my bed. And while I’m a very energetic person, I turn lethargic and sleepy when I enter my room. Once I lie down in bed, it will only take a couple of seconds for me to fall asleep–I think that is my superpower! I sleep so deeply that my parents would always comment, “Tulog mantika ka.” (You sleep like oil¹.)

I think that sleeping allows me to rest after a tiring day. While most people would stay hung up and unable to sleep on their problems, I’d rather go to sleep. Sleeping on my problems sometimes works, and when it doesn’t work, at least I have a rested mind that can deal with my problems.

In the Gospel today, Jesus encountered a problem all of us has encountered before: rejection. Jesus could have dwelt on His rejection, but instead He chose a different path… He moved on. He detached Himself from the problem and went on to a different village where things could be different!

My friends, learn to move on to better things! We get so hung up on things we don’t deserve that we end up thinking that we do not deserve better things. Jesus is reminding us today that there could be a new and better day for us to wake up to, all we have to do is to move on!

There are better things than what you are facing and Jesus is already there waiting for you!

Jesus, I feel stuck in my life. Show me a path towards hope and peace, so that I may be able to live my life to the fullest. Be with me, Lord, when times are tough. I completely trust in Your plans. Amen.



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¹A Filipino idiom. Refers to cooking oil that has been left to cool off therefore reheating it will be difficult.

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