CJ Goronio, Little Whispers

34 Hours

First Reading
Romans 2:1-11

You, O man, are without excuse, every one of you who passes judgment.
For by the standard by which you judge another you condemn yourself,
since you, the judge, do the very same things.
We know that the judgment of God on those who do such things is true.
Do you suppose, then, you who judge those who engage in such things
and yet do them yourself,
that you will escape the judgment of God?
Or do you hold his priceless kindness, forbearance, and patience
in low esteem, unaware that the kindness of God
would lead you to repentance?
By your stubbornness and impenitent heart,
you are storing up wrath for yourself
for the day of wrath and revelation
of the just judgment of God,
who will repay everyone according to his works,
eternal life to those who seek glory, honor, and immortality
through perseverance in good works,
but wrath and fury to those who selfishly disobey the truth
and obey wickedness.
Yes, affliction and distress will come upon everyone
who does evil, Jew first and then Greek.
But there will be glory, honor, and peace for everyone
who does good, Jew first and then Greek.
There is no partiality with God.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 62:2-3, 6-7, 9
R.(13b) Lord, you give back to everyone according to his works.

Only in God is my soul at rest;
from him comes my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed at all.
R. Lord, you give back to everyone according to his works.
Only in God be at rest, my soul,
for from him comes my hope.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed.
R. Lord, you give back to everyone according to his works.
Trust in him at all times, O my people!
Pour out your hearts before him;
God is our refuge!
R. Lord, you give back to everyone according to his works.

Gospel
Luke 11:42-46

The Lord said:
“Woe to you Pharisees!
You pay tithes of mint and of rue and of every garden herb,
but you pay no attention to judgment and to love for God.
These you should have done, without overlooking the others.
Woe to you Pharisees!
You love the seat of honor in synagogues
and greetings in marketplaces.
Woe to you!
You are like unseen graves over which people unknowingly walk.”

Then one of the scholars of the law said to him in reply,
“Teacher, by saying this you are insulting us too.”
And he said, “Woe also to you scholars of the law!
You impose on people burdens hard to carry,
but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them.”


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“He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed.” (Psalm 62:6-7)

REFLECTION
One of the things that I battle with myself is image. I am very uncomfortable when people point out my physical imperfections and things that I do or say that may not be acceptable for then.

During my senior year in college, one that involved thesis and groupmates that are of different personalities from mine, that personal battle resurfaced. While busy finishing our research, I would often hear my groupmates talk behind my back — “Suot na naman niya yung top niya last week”, “Nag aya siya sa house nila. Eh ‘di ba maliit dun!”, “Sa’n ba tayo kakain na pwede budget niya?” and many more. 

Admittedly, this has poisoned my thinking. Not only did I felt bad about what they said, I also got disturbed by how they see me as a person. I was offended, mad, and confused as to why these things matter to them. It made me also think if how many others have or are still being objectified by these people. 

But despite that, I faced them head on and kept on a professional attitude. I fought through the days where I just want to walk out and put them in their place. And in those moments of weakness, I prayed harder than usual. I asked for understanding and healing. I prayed for kindness to take over. I repeatedly asked acceptance of myself — that I am a better person than what they describe me to be.

Eventually, I finished our thesis without any ugly confrontations that could have affected our work. I only focused on finishing my studies, graduating, and doing it all in all for my family, especially my parents. And through the help of Jesus, I was able to walk past that season in my life victoriously. 

My dear readers, Jesus’ message for us today asks us to continue the work of His hands, despite difficult circumstances where you might be judged or condemned by it. Remember that He does not forget to reward those who stand by that struggle. Be kind, understanding, loving and faithful to your neighbors; but do not forget to love yourself too. Love what you do, embrace the person that you are embodying as you do His missions. Walk past judgments, gossip and hearsay. Jesus loved you first, and it is due time that you do the same to yourself.

Reflection Song

Glimmer in the Dust by Hillsong UNITED

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