Little Whispers, Ryan Rivera

What do you want to be when you grow up?

First Reading
Romans 4:20-25
Brothers and sisters:
Abraham did not doubt God’s promise in unbelief;
rather, he was empowered by faith and gave glory to God
and was fully convinced that what God had promised
he was also able to do.
That is why it was credited to him as righteousness.
But it was not for him alone that it was written
that it was credited to him;
it was also for us, to whom it will be credited,
who believe in the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead,
who was handed over for our transgressions
and was raised for our justification.

Responsorial Psalm
Luke 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75
R.(see 68) Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
He has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
born of the house of his servant David.
R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.
R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.
R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.

Gospel
Luke 12:13-21
Someone in the crowd said to Jesus,
“Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.”
He replied to him,
“Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?”
Then he said to the crowd,
“Take care to guard against all greed,
for though one may be rich,
one’s life does not consist of possessions.”

Then he told them a parable.
“There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest.
He asked himself, ‘What shall I do,
for I do not have space to store my harvest?’
And he said, ‘This is what I shall do:
I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones.
There I shall store all my grain and other goods
and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you,
you have so many good things stored up for many years,
rest, eat, drink, be merry!”‘
But God said to him,
‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you;
and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’
Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself
but is not rich in what matters to God.”


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“Then he said to the crowd, ‘Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.'” (Luke 12:15)

REFLECTION
When I was in grade school, our teacher asked us, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. While my classmates answered they wanted to be engineers, doctors, scientists, and presidents, I said, “Gusto ko maging masaya.” (I want to be happy.) They all laughed at me, telling me that my answer was wrong. So, I grew up thinking that for me to be happy, I have to be rich, famous, and successful in everything that I do. I have to be the best, the smartest, and the brightest one in the room. I became competitive and saw everyone as competitors as I grew older. I measured my worth through the awards and recognitions that I received. I thought that the more achievements I have, the better I would become.

I only set my eyes on becoming the best, on reaching the top, and on finishing first. I was so focused on winning that I became very self-centered. Everything became about me, what I have and have achieved, what I could do and what I knew. Until I realized I was not happy at all. I asked myself, “I already have everything that I want, but why do I feel empty? I thought happiness comes with the rewards and achievements I get.”

When God redirected my plans, I realized I was so focused on making myself the best instead of helping others become better. I was so focused on reaching the end instead of enjoying the journey. I realized I was not wrong when I said I wanted to be happy when I grow up. Jesus reminded me of my simple dream. He reminded me that His love, grace, and peace is greater and more fulfilling than all the awards, recognitions, and possessions that the world can offer. I was reminded of His promise that true joy can be found in knowing Him. 

Jesus is telling us today that success is not the key to happiness but rather happiness is the key to success. When we begin to fill our minds with the Word of God, the promises of God, and the presence of God, we will be filled with joy – true and everlasting joy.

Reflection Song

Joy by Planetshakers

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