Baruch 4:5-12, 27-29
Fear not, my people!
You were sold to the nations
not for your destruction;
It was because you angered God
that you were handed over to your foes.
For you provoked your Maker
with sacrifices to demons, to no-gods;
You forsook the Eternal God who nourished you,
and you grieved Jerusalem who fostered you.
She indeed saw coming upon you
the anger of God; and she said:
“Hear, you neighbors of Zion!
God has brought great mourning upon me,
For I have seen the captivity
that the Eternal God has brought
upon my sons and daughters.
With joy I fostered them;
but with mourning and lament I let them go.
Let no one gloat over me, a widow,
bereft of many:
For the sins of my children I am left desolate,
because they turned from the law of God.
Fear not, my children; call out to God!
He who brought this upon you will remember you.
As your hearts have been disposed to stray from God,
turn now ten times the more to seek him;
For he who has brought disaster upon you
will, in saving you, bring you back enduring joy.”
Psalm 69:33-35, 36-37
R.(34) The Lord listens to the poor.
“See, you lowly ones, and be glad;
you who seek God, may your hearts revive!
For the LORD hears the poor,
and his own who are in bonds he spurns not.
Let the heavens and the earth praise him,
the seas and whatever moves in them!”
R. The Lord listens to the poor.
For God will save Zion
and rebuild the cities of Judah.
They shall dwell in the land and own it,
and the descendants of his servants shall inherit it,
and those who love his name shall inhabit it.
R. The Lord listens to the poor.
The seventy-two disciples returned rejoicing and said to Jesus,
“Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.”
Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky.
Behold, I have given you the power
‘to tread upon serpents’ and scorpions
and upon the full force of the enemy
and nothing will harm you.
Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you,
but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
At that very moment he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,
“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows who the Son is except the Father,
and who the Father is except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
Turning to the disciples in private he said,
“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.
For I say to you,
many prophets and kings desired to see what you see,
but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”
“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.” (Luke 10:23-24)
Have you noticed how different your prayers change, year on year as you get older?
I remember when I was around 10 years old, I was crying while in prayer because I feel bad towards my mom. She wouldn’t let me buy ice cream after a trip at the supermarket, so I prayed to Jesus that she’d allow me to get one on the next. As young as I was, my prayers were centered about my sake; puro tungkol sa akin (My prayers were all about me). But that was because my view in life was very limited before.
Jump to when I was 16, I was praying for a good future because I was already entering college. I prayed to get in a well-recognized school, because I believe this is how I can give tribute to the hard work of my parents for sustaining me. My prayers involved the closest people to my heart; I had no other care in the world but to just focus on my family.
Now, I am 23 and praying for a community – the BLD Youth Ministry. I am already on my 7th year of service and currently working with different ministries so we can get to the vision we want for the youth. I realized that I am finally praying for something that has Jesus in the center of it; I am now praying with a purpose.
My dear friends, today’s readings remind us that our prayers and actions are very powerful. Jesus asks us to be of childlike nature for when we finally receive the blessings that come with it, we must allow it to serve the purpose it was given for. And when we see the fruits of our labor as we work on His mission, we must receive it with humility in our hearts. Leave no room for individual honor, for humility should always be our guiding light, just like what Jesus taught us.
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