Andrea Chong, Little Whispers

D.E.A.R.

First Reading
Jonah 3:1-10
The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time:
“Set out for the great city of Nineveh,
and announce to it the message that I will tell you.”
So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh,
according to the LORD’s bidding.
Now Nineveh was an enormously large city;
it took three days to go through it.
Jonah began his journey through the city,
and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing,
“Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,”
when the people of Nineveh believed God;
they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small,
put on sackcloth.

When the news reached the king of Nineveh,
he rose from his throne, laid aside his robe,
covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in the ashes.
Then he had this proclaimed throughout Nineveh,
by decree of the king and his nobles:
“Neither man nor beast, neither cattle nor sheep,
shall taste anything;
they shall not eat, nor shall they drink water.
Man and beast shall be covered with sackcloth
and call loudly to God;
every man shall turn from his evil way
and from the violence he has in hand.
Who knows, God may relent and forgive,
and withhold his blazing wrath,
so that we shall not perish.”
When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way,
he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them;
he did not carry it out.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 130:1B-2, 3-4AB, 7-8
R.(3) If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?
Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD
LORD, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to my voice in supplication.
R. If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?
If you, O LORD, mark iniquities,
LORD, who can stand?
But with you is forgiveness,
that you may be revered.
R. If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?
Let Israel wait for the LORD,
For with the LORD is kindness
and with him is plenteous redemption;
And he will redeem Israel
from all their iniquities.
R. If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?

Gospel
Luke 10:38-42
Jesus entered a village
where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.
She had a sister named Mary
who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.
Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said,
“Lord, do you not care
that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving?
Tell her to help me.”
The Lord said to her in reply,
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.
There is need of only one thing.
Mary has chosen the better part
and it will not be taken from her.”


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The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” (Luke 10:41-42)

REFLECTION
Looking back, during my grade school years, I remember one task our class had to do occasionally when our reading teacher instructed. We had called it, “D.E.A.R.” or Drop Everything And Read. It was a time during class for complete silence; to stop whatever we previously had been doing and focus on reading a book of choice we each brought to school. The activity always had to end with each student submitting a simple reflection paper of whatever piece they read.

It was a simple activity, yet I recall this specific activity as I read today’s Gospel, considering the fast-paced life we all are living today. We go through day-by-day, in an endless routine we have crafted to support the life we want for ourselves. Have we ever stopped to reflect on the life we have lived or our life in the present moment?

We have to remember how completely necessary it is to “snap out of it” once in a while; to remember which things are truly worth living for as well as which things we should be living for. Yes, it can all be so overwhelming to think about although this is why we turn to the Bible. God’s Word is His reassurance to us written on paper. It is His reminder to us that we should “drop everything” and focus only on His words, and by His grace, we will be able to walk through any storm that comes our way.

Prayer
Though it may feel like an endless ride through the same moments in life, may we remember that this is not all there is; we must hold on to our faith that You, Lord, have much, much more planned for us. Amidst life and all its challenges, Your plan is a brilliant and amazing gift we have to patiently unravel. Please supply us with the constant strength for whatever storm we may face, and the peace that in the end, it will all make sense, Father. Amen.

Author

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