Little Whispers, Tam Rodriguez

Don’t Talk to Strangers!

First Reading
2 Timothy 4:10-17B

Demas, enamored of the present world,
deserted me and went to Thessalonica,
Crescens to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.
Luke is the only one with me.
Get Mark and bring him with you,
for he is helpful to me in the ministry.
I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus.
When you come, bring the cloak I left with Carpus in Troas,
the papyrus rolls, and especially the parchments.

Alexander the coppersmith did me a great deal of harm;
the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.
You too be on guard against him,
for he has strongly resisted our preaching.

At my first defense no one appeared on my behalf,
but everyone deserted me.
May it not be held against them!
But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength,
so that through me the proclamation might be completed
and all the Gentiles might hear it.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 145:10-11, 12-13, 17-18
R.(12) Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.

Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
and speak of your might.
R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Making known to men your might
and the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Your Kingdom is a Kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
The LORD is just in all his ways
and holy in all his works.
The LORD is near to all who call upon him,
to all who call upon him in truth.
R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.

Luke 10:1-9

The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples
whom he sent ahead of him in pairs
to every town and place he intended to visit.
He said to them,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.
Go on your way;
behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals;
and greet no one along the way.
Into whatever house you enter,
first say, ‘Peace to this household.’
If a peaceful person lives there,
your peace will rest on him;
but if not, it will return to you.
Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you,
for the laborer deserves payment.
Do not move about from one house to another.
Whatever town you enter and they welcome you,
eat what is set before you,
cure the sick in it and say to them,
‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.'”


“If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you.” (Luke 10:6)

My mom is your typical overprotective parent.

She used to emphasize to me that talking to a random person won’t do you any good. She told me once that if a tall guy offered me a candy and a trip to Star City—two things I loved the most—I would become a beggar.  I’d do anything for a sweet treat and a ride to a merry-go-round. As my curiosity would have it, I’d always wonder, “What if my mom was wrong? Maybe Santa would send an elf disguised as a tall guy from North Pole and give my early Christmas present!” I was a stubborn kid then.

Years passed, I was riding a jeep on my way to school. Then, I heard someone say, “Bayad po.” (Here’s my payment.) What caught my attention was the accent of the girl speaking. I laughed a little because I was judging her way of speaking, and then after a few stops, she approached me in an awkward manner. She asked me for directions on where to find a nearby historical Church. She spoke to me in crooked English which gave me a hint that she was a foreigner. I gave her directions, but she couldn’t seem to keep up. I offered to give her a tour around Intramuros and show her some churches that I know. Surprisingly, she agreed. I ditched my class and become a tour guide for a day. It turned out to be a great experience. I never knew that I would be the tall elf who would give a treat to someone.

My dear friends, the Gospel is encouraging us to give peace to our neighbors, regardless of who they are. It may be a simple gesture, but it can impact the persons around us. Be kind to everyone you meet, and surely there will be peace, not only around us, but in our hearts!

Father, may you open my heart to give out more joy and peace to the people who need it. Amen.



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