Jem Chong, Little Whispers

Seek the Silent Guardian

First Reading
Malachi 3:13-20B

You have defied me in word, says the LORD,
yet you ask, “What have we spoken against you?”
You have said, “It is vain to serve God,
and what do we profit by keeping his command,
And going about in penitential dress
in awe of the LORD of hosts?
Rather must we call the proud blessed;
for indeed evildoers prosper,
and even tempt God with impunity.”
Then they who fear the LORD spoke with one another,
and the LORD listened attentively;
And a record book was written before him
of those who fear the LORD and trust in his name.
And they shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts,
my own special possession, on the day I take action.
And I will have compassion on them,
as a man has compassion on his son who serves him.
Then you will again see the distinction
between the just and the wicked;
Between the one who serves God,
and the one who does not serve him.
For lo, the day is coming, blazing like an oven,
when all the proud and all evildoers will be stubble,
And the day that is coming will set them on fire,
leaving them neither root nor branch,
says the LORD of hosts.
But for you who fear my name, there will arise
the sun of justice with its healing rays.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 AND 6
R.(Ps 40:5a) Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Not so the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

Gospel
Luke 11:5-13

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Suppose one of you has a friend
to whom he goes at midnight and says,
‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,
for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey
and I have nothing to offer him,’
and he says in reply from within,
‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked
and my children and I are already in bed.
I cannot get up to give you anything.’
I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves
because of their friendship,
he will get up to give him whatever he needs
because of his persistence.

“And I tell you, ask and you will receive;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives;
and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
What father among you would hand his son a snake
when he asks for a fish?
Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?
If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit
to those who ask him?”


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“‘If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?'” (Luke 10:13)

REFLECTION
At one point during one of the semesters of my freshman year, I felt a lot of weight on my shoulders. I continuously dealt with assessments from school. Many times, I would procrastinate; finding a way to escape from the toxicity that is my workload. Because of this, my grades never got any higher, making me very angry with myself. I started doubting my past choices, the point of pursuing this course despite my lack of enjoyment. What made it worse was when I started comparing myself to a lot of my old batchmates, seeing how much better off they seemed. This hindered me from thinking positively about myself, no matter what happened.

Overwhelmed by all the troubling thoughts, I visited the school chapel to get some quiet time. A person once told me that prayer was a two way conversation; that eventually we need to listen to the Lord as well. So I sat and unloaded everything that I felt was burdening me, a long and heavy rant then I fell silent. I didn’t intend for anything to happen, but part of me felt like I was waiting, asking for some kind of relief. I realized then, as if someone was speaking to me, that He wants me to be happy. Low grades, social standards did not matter to Him, His first priority was as simple as my happiness.

I felt this statement so strongly because once I looked closer, I found out that I missed the small things. Those positive events during my day to make me feel better; a friend, meeting with family, a stroke of luck. With this, I asked for a positive mindset, for more happiness. Until now, I still don’t receive the best marks but that does not hinder me from finding at least three positive things from my day, and that makes me glad. 

There are so many times when I feel that I have to fulfill society’s standards in order to feel accomplished. I realized that no one knows me better than God, because amidst the day’s hustle, He is the one truly filling it with joy. With that, I do not need to worry about anything, seeking Him out everyday is already enough. 

Prayer
Heavenly Father, Help me see Your love, may I realize that You are working through me everyday. I pray that despite all the trials that I have to endure, I will continue to hope in You. May I never forget that I can always seek refuge in You, no matter where I am. Thank you, dear Lord, for always looking out for me, for filling my day with joy whenever possible. Amen.

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