Little Whispers, Ryan Rivera

Best Friends

First Reading
Baruch 1:15-22
During the Babylonian captivity, the exiles prayed:
“Justice is with the Lord, our God;
and we today are flushed with shame,
we men of Judah and citizens of Jerusalem,
that we, with our kings and rulers
and priests and prophets, and with our ancestors,
have sinned in the Lord’s sight and disobeyed him.
We have neither heeded the voice of the Lord, our God,
nor followed the precepts which the Lord set before us.
From the time the Lord led our ancestors out of the land of Egypt
until the present day,
we have been disobedient to the Lord, our God,
and only too ready to disregard his voice.
And the evils and the curse that the Lord enjoined upon Moses, his servant,
at the time he led our ancestors forth from the land of Egypt
to give us the land flowing with milk and honey,
cling to us even today.
For we did not heed the voice of the Lord, our God,
in all the words of the prophets whom he sent us,
but each one of us went off
after the devices of his own wicked heart,
served other gods,
and did evil in the sight of the Lord, our God.”

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 79:1B-2, 3-5, 8, 9
R.(9) For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
O God, the nations have come into your inheritance;
they have defiled your holy temple,
they have laid Jerusalem in ruins.
They have given the corpses of your servants
as food to the birds of heaven,
the flesh of your faithful ones to the beasts of the earth.
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
They have poured out their blood like water
round about Jerusalem,
and there is no one to bury them.
We have become the reproach of our neighbors,
the scorn and derision of those around us.
O LORD, how long? Will you be angry forever?
Will your jealousy burn like fire?
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
Remember not against us the iniquities of the past;
may your compassion quickly come to us,
for we are brought very low.
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
Help us, O God our savior,
because of the glory of your name;
Deliver us and pardon our sins
for your name’s sake.
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.

Luke 10:13-16
Jesus said to them,
“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!
For if the mighty deeds done in your midst
had been done in Tyre and Sidon,
they would long ago have repented,
sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon
at the judgment than for you.
And as for you, Capernaum, ‘Will you be exalted to heaven?
You will go down to the netherworld.’
Whoever listens to you listens to me.
Whoever rejects you rejects me.
And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”


“Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.” (Luke 10:16)

Growing up, I did not have a best friend. For me, a best friend is someone who accepts me for who I am, someone who is always there for me when no one else is, and someone who loves me unconditionally. I never went to sleepovers, nor did I have anyone who knows everything about me, and I never experienced hanging out with a best friend. Only to realize that I have not just one but two best friends.

I consider papa and mama as my best friends because they know everything about me. They believe in me when I don’t believe in myself. They never judge me, and they never fail to remind me that I am always loved and cared for. They always tell me the truth, and they are always there for me no matter the circumstances.

As I look for more reasons why my parents are my best friends, Jesus reminds me of their purpose in my life. My parents are my own Jesus as they exhibit God’s unconditional love, everlasting goodness, and true wisdom. When I listen to my parents, I also listen to God. When I respect my parents, I also respect God. When I love my parents, I also love God. Whatever I do towards my parents, my actions also extend towards God who sent them and placed them in my life.

Just like Jesus, our parents want nothing but the best for us. Jesus has entrusted them with the lifelong duty of raising us, teaching us, guiding us, disciplining us, forgiving us, and loving us the same way Jesus does. And today, we are reminded to live a life of obedience and faith towards our parents and towards Jesus.

Thank You, Jesus, for my parents. I am grateful for their love, time, protection, help, understanding, and wisdom. Make me a blessing to my parents as I obey, love, respect, and honor them. Continue to use them as Your instruments of love, peace, and joy. May Your peace reign in their hearts and Your love always encompass them. Amen.


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