Andrea Chong, Little Whispers

A Selfless Self-lover

First Reading
Romans 5:12, 15B, 17-19, 20B-21
Brothers and sisters:
Through one man sin entered the world,
and through sin, death,
and thus death came to all men, inasmuch as all sinned.

If by that one person’s transgression the many died,
how much more did the grace of God
and the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christ
overflow for the many.
For if, by the transgression of the one,
death came to reign through that one,
how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace
and the gift of justification
come to reign in life through the one Jesus Christ.
In conclusion, just as through one transgression
condemnation came upon all,
so, through one righteous act
acquittal and life came to all.
For just as through the disobedience of one man
the many were made sinners,
so, through the obedience of the one
the many will be made righteous.
Where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more,
so that, as sin reigned in death,
grace also might reign through justification
for eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 40:7-8A, 8B-9, 10, 17
R.(8a and 9a) Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
Sacrifice or oblation you wished not,
but ears open to obedience you gave me.
Burnt offerings or sin offerings you sought not;
then said I, “Behold I come.”
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
“In the written scroll it is prescribed for me,
To do your will, O my God, is my delight,
and your law is within my heart!”
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
I announced your justice in the vast assembly;
I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know.
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
May all who seek you
exult and be glad in you,
And may those who love your salvation
say ever, “The LORD be glorified.”
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.

Gospel
Luke 12:35-38
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Gird your loins and light your lamps
and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding,
ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.
Blessed are those servants
whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.
Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,
have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.
And should he come in the second or third watch
and find them prepared in this way,
blessed are those servants.”


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“For if, by the transgression of the one, death came to reign through that one, how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the gift of justification come to reign in life through the one Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:17)

REFLECTION
In today’s generation, self-love has become humanity’s very own revolution. The individuals are tired of society’s toxicity and the unattainable desire to be perfect. It’s only about time to start prioritizing our well-being amongst the others, but has the art of selflessness lost its grasp on the heart of this generation? It’s certainly best to hope not. For although the two concepts are quite similar, ‘self-care’ is not equivalent to ‘selfishness’. A person who cares for himself is still able to decide whether to care only for his self or care for others as well.

It is safe to assume that a person who cares for himself also has love for his self. And like the common knowledge that an individual with a sprained ankle moves slower than one whose legs are perfectly fine, such is the case for an individual who does not love himself versus one who does; for the individual who loves himself and cares for himself is also able to serve others better.

In line with the given reflection verse, I believe that someone who bothers to try and serve others better is one who has a heart of selflessness. Our Lord, who is the embodiment of selflessness, is the One who will also be saving us all from condemnation through that selflessness.

Prayer
Father, as we learn to truly love ourselves, help us not to forget to extend that love to others as well. Just as you love us even during our most unworthy, may we also consider caring for others even when they least deserve it. Amen.

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