Little Whispers


First Reading
Romans 11:29-36
Brothers and sisters:
The gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.

Just as you once disobeyed God
but have now received mercy
because of their disobedience,
so they have now disobeyed in order that,
by virtue of the mercy shown to you,
they too may now receive mercy.
For God delivered all to disobedience,
that he might have mercy upon all.

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!
How inscrutable are his judgments and how unsearchable his ways!

For who has known the mind of the Lord
or who has been his counselor?
Or who has given him anything
that he may be repaid?

For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To God be glory forever.  Amen.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 69:30-31, 33-34, 36
R. (14c) Lord, in your great love, answer me.
But I am afflicted and in pain;
let your saving help, O God, protect me.
I will praise the name of God in song,
and I will glorify him with thanksgiving.
R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
“See, you lowly ones, and be glad;
you who seek God, may your hearts revive!
For the LORD hears the poor,
and his own who are in bonds he spurns not.”
R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
For God will save Zion
and rebuild the cities of Judah.
They shall dwell in the land and own it,
and the descendants of his servants shall inherit it,
and those who love his name shall inhabit it.
R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.

Luke 14:12-14
On a sabbath Jesus went to dine
at the home of one of the leading Pharisees.
He said to the host who invited him,
“When you hold a lunch or a dinner,
do not invite your friends or your brothers or sisters
or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors,
in case they may invite you back and you have repayment.
Rather, when you hold a banquet,
invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind;
blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.
For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

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“Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” (Luke 14:12-13)

In my high school life, I went to many outreach programs as part of my extra curricular activities, but I never went to those activities at the thought of my grades, rather I went to serve, I went to help those who are in need. At first I didn’t know what to say or what to do, but I knew I needed to help in some way. I was young and my communications skills were somewhat lacking, but all I needed to do was ask. I asked what they needed, and I tried to provide; however, I can never provide everything, one can never provide everything, none, but God.

In today’s Gospel, it is said that one must serve with no payment in mind, rather one must serve not with his mind, not by logic, but with his heart, with love. One must serve how our Lord, Jesus Christ has. One must serve unconditionally, just like how Jesus died on the cross not just because it was His mission, not just because God told Him so, but because He loved us. Jesus loved us so much that Him, a King, served the poor, dined with sinners, fed the hungry and many more only a servant would do, He loved us so much He gave up His life to save us from our sins. 

Today, Jesus is reminding us to give and to be of service without expecting anything in return. Jesus is challenging us to help other people, especially the lost, the least, and the last, out of love and initiative. – Robin Rivera

Lord, continue to make me an instrument of Your love. Bless me with the strength to keep serving, to keep helping, all in your Mighty name. Let Your Spirit dwell in me as I share in Jesus’ mission of love. Amen.



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