Julia Paguio, Little Whispers

In Service

First Reading
Romans 1:1-7

Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus,
called to be an Apostle and set apart for the Gospel of God,
which he promised previously through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,
the Gospel about his Son, descended from David according to the flesh,
but established as Son of God in power
according to the Spirit of holiness
through resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Through him we have received the grace of apostleship,
to bring about the obedience of faith,
for the sake of his name, among all the Gentiles,
among whom are you also, who are called to belong to Jesus Christ;
to all the beloved of God in Rome, called to be holy.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 98:1BCDE, 2-3AB, 3CD-4
R.(2a) The Lord has made known his salvation.

Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.
The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.

Gospel
Luke 11:29-32

While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them,
“This generation is an evil generation;
it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it,
except the sign of Jonah.
Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites,
so will the Son of Man be to this generation.
At the judgment
the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation
and she will condemn them,
because she came from the ends of the earth
to hear the wisdom of Solomon,
and there is something greater than Solomon here.
At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation
and condemn it,
because at the preaching of Jonah they repented,
and there is something greater than Jonah here.”


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“Through him we have received the grace of apostleship, to bring about the obedience of faith, for the sake of his name, among all the Gentiles,” (Romans 1:5)

REFLECTION
As a Christian, I have always witnessed people serving others in church and in communities. May it be through feeding the poor, going to prison to celebrate mass with the inmates, or something as simple as reading the word of God and feeding church goers the body of Christ during communion. In the past, I never understood the reason behind their deeds. I knew they weren’t obligated because it’s not their real job. They have work in actual companies. Sometimes I even doubted their intentions for doing such acts for other people for I knew their vices and lifestyle (ones that I know Jesus wouldn’t like). What’s even funny is I know a priest who drinks beer and talks, well, in an unfiltered manner.

Ironically, as I grew older, I found myself in the same position as those who I questioned. Despite my flaws and vices, I was serving others in church and in my community. Only then did I realize that these good deeds were coming from a place unforced, but gracefully given. Yes, serving others is a responsibility, one I did not ask for, yet I wholeheartedly accepted. Why? Because I love my God. I am faithful to Him.

To love God means to obey Him. Everything I do, I do it for Jesus. With that I know now that I am blessed to be His servant. I am blessed to be the one serving others—to be His instrument of love so that others may feel His presence. 

Prayer
Loving Father, I pray that many more of Your people accept the grace of servanthood so that those who are lost and in need may find their way to You through Your servants. Fill our hearts with Your love, Father so that we may share it to others as well. Amen.

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