Bettina Morales, Little Whispers

Indifferent

First Reading
Romans 13:8-10
Brothers and sisters:
Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another;
for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
The commandments, You shall not commit adultery;
you shall not kill;
you shall not steal;
you shall not covet,

and whatever other commandment there may be,
are summed up in this saying, namely,
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Love does no evil to the neighbor;
hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 112:1B-2, 4-5, 9
R.( 5a) Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Blessed the man who fears the LORD,
who greatly delights in his commands.
His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth;
the upright generation shall be blessed.
R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.
or:
R. Alleluia.
He dawns through the darkness, a light for the upright;
he is gracious and merciful and just.
Well for the man who is gracious and lends,
who conducts his affairs with justice.
R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Lavishly he gives to the poor;
his generosity shall endure forever;
his horn shall be exalted in glory.
R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Gospel
Luke 14:25-33
Great crowds were traveling with Jesus,
and he turned and addressed them,
“If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother,
wife and children, brothers and sisters,
and even his own life,
he cannot be my disciple.
Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me
cannot be my disciple.
Which of you wishing to construct a tower
does not first sit down and calculate the cost
to see if there is enough for its completion?
Otherwise, after laying the foundation
and finding himself unable to finish the work
the onlookers should laugh at him and say,
‘This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.’
Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down
and decide whether with ten thousand troops
he can successfully oppose another king
advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops?
But if not, while he is still far away,
he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms.
In the same way,
everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions
cannot be my disciple.”


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“…whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this saying, namely, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no evil to the neighbor; hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.” (Romans 13: 9-10)

REFLECTION
I remember attending mass in our parish church on a Sunday evening a few years back. A tall ragged man went around the whole church asking for people’s hands to greet them respectfully and share his own sign of peace.

As one would see, the man belonged in the disadvantaged sector, being homeless and struggling mentally, wandering alone without a family and without a home.

Parishioners call him Bente since he always asks for twenty peso bills, and doesn’t accept greater amounts. In my many years of attending mass every Sunday in the same church, I’ve seen how the community grew fond of him, most especially the staff of the parish. From as little as smiling at him whenever he enters the church, giving their hands in greeting, to caring for him and helping him through gifts of food and clothes.

In today’s gospel, we are reminded of God’s greatest commandment: to love with no extent and to love in spite of differences. I believe that the reason why Bente always finds himself coming back to the church on Sundays is because inside and through the people, he finds a home and a family.

Truly, God calls us, the members of his church, to love without bounds because through that love, we make it known to the world God’s compassion by the kindness He instilled in all of humanity.

Reflection Song

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