Diego Reyes, Little Whispers


First Reading
Romans 4:13, 16-18

Brothers and sisters:
It was not through the law
that the promise was made to Abraham and his descendants
that he would inherit the world,
but through the righteousness that comes from faith.
For this reason, it depends on faith,
so that it may be a gift,
and the promise may be guaranteed to all his descendants,
not to those who only adhere to the law
but to those who follow the faith of Abraham,
who is the father of all of us, as it is written,
I have made you father of many nations.
He is our father in the sight of God,
in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead
and calls into being what does not exist.
He believed, hoping against hope,
that he would become the father of many nations,
according to what was said, Thus shall your descendants be.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 105:6-7, 8-9, 42-43
R.(8a) The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

You descendants of Abraham, his servants,
sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
He, the LORD, is our God;
throughout the earth his judgments prevail.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
He remembers forever his covenant
which he made binding for a thousand generations –
Which he entered into with Abraham
and by his oath to Isaac.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
For he remembered his holy word
to his servant Abraham.
And he led forth his people with joy;
with shouts of joy, his chosen ones.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

Luke 12:8-12

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I tell you,
everyone who acknowledges me before others
the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God.
But whoever denies me before others
will be denied before the angels of God.

“Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven,
but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit
will not be forgiven.
When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities,
do not worry about how or what your defense will be
or about what you are to say.
For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.”


“He believed, hoping against hope, that he would become the father of many nations,…” (Romans 4:18)

During my grade school years, I played table tennis for my Alma Mater. I loved playing table tennis because it was a fast-paced game—perfect for someone as energetic as me! It was not all fun and games though as the sport was complicated and required not just energy and speed, but accuracy and timing.

Whenever I would attend practice sessions with the other varsity players, I felt as though I was inexperienced. Everyone else seemed to have an edge that I did not possess. While other players excelled at hitting the ball with powerful forehand strikes or at spinning the ball with clever backhand strikes, I was just hitting the ball in hopes of scoring a point. I felt unworthy to be part of the varsity team and I soon thought of quitting.

However, one day during practice, my coach said something that stuck to me. He told me, “Wala ‘yan sa talent, nasa puso ‘yan.” (It’s not about talent, it’s about the heart.) 

I realized that I was focusing too much on what other people’s skill that I forgot the reason why I was there—that is to enjoy a sport that I loved with all my heart!

Have you ever felt the same way in life? It is as if everyone else is blessed, and you’re stuck with a boring life.

Jesus believes in what you can do, in what you are capable of, because after all, He made you who you are—and who you are is beautiful! We must accept our failures and insecurities, but we must not allow them to control our lives. It’s not about what you can or can’t do, it is all about the puso (heart), your determination to live life despite all the problems!

Father God, grant me the strength to live life exactly how You want me to live it. Amen.



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Photo by: Frederick Tubiermont (@callmefred at unsplash.com)


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