Little Whispers, Nina Miranda

At Your Service

First Reading
Nehemiah 8:1-4A, 5-6, 7B-12
The whole people gathered as one in the open space before the Water Gate,
and they called upon Ezra the scribe
to bring forth the book of the law of Moses
which the LORD prescribed for Israel.
On the first day of the seventh month, therefore,
Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly,
which consisted of men, women,
and those children old enough to understand.
Standing at one end of the open place that was before the Water Gate,
he read out of the book from daybreak until midday,
in the presence of the men, the women,
and those children old enough to understand;
and all the people listened attentively to the book of the law.
Ezra the scribe stood on a wooden platform
that had been made for the occasion.
He opened the scroll
so that all the people might see it
(for he was standing higher up than any of the people);
and, as he opened it, all the people rose.
Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God,
and all the people, their hands raised high, answered,
“Amen, amen!”
Then they bowed down and prostrated themselves before the LORD,
their faces to the ground.
As the people remained in their places,
Ezra read plainly from the book of the law of God,
interpreting it so that all could understand what was read.
Then Nehemiah, that is, His Excellency, and Ezra the priest-scribe
and the Levites who were instructing the people
said to all the people:
“Today is holy to the LORD your God.
Do not be sad, and do not weep”–
for all the people were weeping as they heard the words of the law.
He said further:  “Go, eat rich foods and drink sweet drinks,
and allot portions to those who had nothing prepared;
for today is holy to our LORD.
Do not be saddened this day,
for rejoicing in the LORD must be your strength!”
And the Levites quieted all the people, saying,
“Hush, for today is holy, and you must not be saddened.”
Then all the people went to eat and drink,
to distribute portions, and to celebrate with great joy,
for they understood the words that had been expounded to them.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11
R. (9ab) The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul;
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.
R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
The precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
The command of the LORD is clear,
enlightening the eye;
R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever;
The ordinances of the LORD are true,
all of them just.
R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
They are more precious than gold,
than a heap of purest gold;
Sweeter also than syrup
or honey from the comb.
R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.

Gospel
Luke 10:1-12
Jesus appointed seventy-two other disciples
whom he sent ahead of him in pairs
to every town and place he intended to visit.
He said to them,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.
Go on your way;
behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals;
and greet no one along the way.
Into whatever house you enter, first say,
‘Peace to this household.’
If a peaceful person lives there,
your peace will rest on him;
but if not, it will return to you.
Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you,
for the laborer deserves his payment.
Do not move about from one house to another.
Whatever town you enter and they welcome you,
eat what is set before you,
cure the sick in it and say to them,
‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.’
Whatever town you enter and they do not receive you,
go out into the streets and say,
‘The dust of your town that clings to our feet,
even that we shake off against you.’
Yet know this: the Kingdom of God is at hand.
I tell you,
it will be more tolerable for Sodom on that day than for that town.”


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“Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.” (Luke 10:3)

REFLECTION
I genuinely love helping people.

If you need a hand with homework, an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on, or someone to ask a favor from—I would gladly be at your service! It brings me so much joy in seeing people smile, from the random or not so random acts of kindness I do. These things, in return, help me in discovering a sense of fulfillment towards my purpose in life.

Earlier this year, I was called to be one of the Intercessory Heads who would be serving the BLD Youth Ministry for the next three years. Shortly after, I had also been accepted into the Praise Ministry to serve by means of music. This semester, I had just recently finished serving under the Finance Team of a retreat I attended, and I am currently applying for a service organization that caters to children with chronic illnesses.

Looking into what I have been doing, I could liken myself to the disciples Jesus has appointed and sent out to go before Him. He has bestowed on me the privilege of carrying out His ministry. It may not always be easy, and there will always be trials and obstacles along the way, but with God’s power and grace, I know that I, together with those who have said yes to Him, will succeed.

Today, the Lord seeks us and calls us to be part of the mission of spreading His Good News; to be at His service. We must keep Him in mind in everything that we do, for He is working through us. We may not know for sure where He will lead us, but He has already equipped us with what we need to be part of His Kingdom.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, grant me wisdom, courage, and strength to follow and do Your will. Bless me, so that I may be an instrument of Your love and be of service to others. Amen.

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1 thought on “At Your Service”

  1. God bless you Nina! The Word you shared is encouraging and refreshing. I love the book of Nehemiah, and the response Scripture you shared. May His blessing, provision, and protection be with you as you follow His leading. ♥♥

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