Little Whispers, Nikki Miranda

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First Reading
Romans 12:5-16AB
Brothers and sisters:
We, though many, are one Body in Christ
and individually parts of one another.
Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us,
let us exercise them:
if prophecy, in proportion to the faith;
if ministry, in ministering;
if one is a teacher, in teaching;
if one exhorts, in exhortation;
if one contributes, in generosity;
if one is over others, with diligence;
if one does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Let love be sincere;
hate what is evil,
hold on to what is good;
love one another with mutual affection;
anticipate one another in showing honor.
Do not grow slack in zeal,
be fervent in spirit,
serve the Lord.
Rejoice in hope,
endure in affliction,
persevere in prayer.
Contribute to the needs of the holy ones,
exercise hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you,
bless and do not curse them.
Rejoice with those who rejoice,
weep with those who weep.
Have the same regard for one another;
do not be haughty but associate with the lowly.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 131:1BCDE, 2, 3
R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.
O LORD, my heart is not proud,
nor are my eyes haughty;
I busy not myself with great things,
nor with things too sublime for me.
R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.
Nay rather, I have stilled and quieted
my soul like a weaned child.
Like a weaned child on its mother’s lap,
so is my soul within me.
R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.
O Israel, hope in the LORD,
both now and forever.
R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.

Gospel
Luke 14:15-24

One of those at table with Jesus said to him,
“Blessed is the one who will dine in the Kingdom of God.”
He replied to him,
“A man gave a great dinner to which he invited many.
When the time for the dinner came,
he dispatched his servant to say to those invited,
‘Come, everything is now ready.’
But one by one, they all began to excuse themselves.
The first said to him,
‘I have purchased a field and must go to examine it;
I ask you, consider me excused.’
And another said, ‘I have purchased five yoke of oxen
and am on my way to evaluate them;
I ask you, consider me excused.’
And another said, ‘I have just married a woman,
and therefore I cannot come.’
The servant went and reported this to his master.
Then the master of the house in a rage commanded his servant,
‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town
and bring in here the poor and the crippled,
the blind and the lame.’
The servant reported, ‘Sir, your orders have been carried out
and still there is room.’
The master then ordered the servant,
‘Go out to the highways and hedgerows
and make people come in that my home may be filled.
For, I tell you, none of those men who were invited will taste my dinner.'”


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“Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer.” (Romans 11:29)

REFLECTION
An indecisive person like me could never decide in an instant. My family and my closest friends know that I take about an hour to get ready because I have to make 3-4 outfit changes before leaving the house, even though I end up choosing the first outfit I tried on. I take so long ordering a meal because I couldn’t decide what food to eat, but still I order the same thing everytime I eat out.

Even though I have a hard time choosing and planning things ahead of time, when it comes to other things, one thing is for sure: My Saturdays and Sundays are reserved for service for the Lord. I will always choose service among everything else.

In the first reading, the Lord is telling us that we should not be conquered by evil. We are liberated people of God, but we are confronted with many disobedient decisions in the course of daily life. The Lord is simply telling us that He has already planned everything for us beforehand, so why wouldn’t we choose to obey Him? Despite our indecisiveness, the Lord is always waiting for us to finally choose Him and His plans for us.

St. Paul only asks that we serve the Lord, and persevere in prayer, for He has been calling, and continues to call us during the times when we are busy deciding between Him and earthly things.

Prayer
Father, make us realize that there should be no other option when it comes to You. Help us see what is in store for us when we start choosing You. Amen.

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