Anonymous, Little Whispers

Two-And-A-Half

First Reading
Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4

How long, O LORD? I cry for help
but you do not listen!
I cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not intervene.
Why do you let me see ruin;
why must I look at misery?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and clamorous discord.
Then the LORD answered me and said:
Write down the vision clearly upon the tablets,
so that one can read it readily.
For the vision still has its time,
presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint;
if it delays, wait for it,
it will surely come, it will not be late.
The rash one has no integrity;
but the just one, because of his faith, shall live.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
R. (8) If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD;
let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us joyfully sing psalms to him.
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Come, let us bow down in worship;
let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
For he is our God,
and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Oh, that today you would hear his voice:
“Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as in the day of Massah in the desert,
Where your fathers tempted me;
they tested me though they had seen my works.”
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Second Reading
2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14

Beloved:
I remind you, to stir into flame
the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.
For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice
but rather of power and love and self-control.
So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord,
nor of me, a prisoner for his sake;
but bear your share of hardship for the gospel
with the strength that comes from God.

Take as your norm the sound words that you heard from me,
in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
Guard this rich trust with the help of the Holy Spirit
that dwells within us.

Gospel
Luke 17:5-10

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
The Lord replied,
“If you have faith the size of a mustard seed,
you would say to this mulberry tree,
‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

“Who among you would say to your servant
who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field,
‘Come here immediately and take your place at table’?
Would he not rather say to him,
‘Prepare something for me to eat.
Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink.
You may eat and drink when I am finished’?
Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded?
So should it be with you.
When you have done all you have been commanded,
say, ‘We are unprofitable servants;
we have done what we were obliged to do.'”


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“The Lord replied, ‘If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to [this] mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you'” (Luke 17:6)

REFLECTION
Back when I was a kid, I loved playing with my PSP. You would never see me go out of the house without my PSP with me. I would always play with my PSP every chance I get, after school hours, after homework, even after taking a bath at night, I would sneak in a few extra minutes of games before I would actually go to sleep!

My parents, realizing my addiction to my PSP, decided to limit me and set two-and-a-half hours of PSP a day. At first, they strictly monitored me. But as days went by, they gradually trusted me to still follow the two-and-a-half hour rule, and I really did follow them! I would always look at the clock before I play and check the clock again after I play and deduct the total minutes I played to the remaining minutes I had for the day! My parents saw how I was really following their rules, and I was often rewarded an extra hour at night to keep on playing!

Our God, since the beginning of time, instituted rules for us to follow. These rules were not put up to limit us, instead they were put up out of love. God wants us to trust in Him, in the commandments He has given us.

Imagine, my parents gave me a reward for something as simple and childish as that two-and-a-half hour rule, wouldn’t God do the same for us when we follow the greatest commandment of all, to love?

Prayer
Father God, instill in me the courage to do what is good even in the face of evil. May I not be swayed by my family, peers or anyone to do what is not of You. May You always be at my side. Amen.

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