Little Whispers, Tisha Tayag

A for Effort

First Reading
Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12
The angel brought me
back to the entrance of the temple,
and I saw water flowing out
from beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east,
for the façade of the temple was toward the east;
the water flowed down from the southern side of the temple,
south of the altar.
He led me outside by the north gate,
and around to the outer gate facing the east,
where I saw water trickling from the southern side.
He said to me,
“This water flows into the eastern district down upon the Arabah,
and empties into the sea, the salt waters, which it makes fresh.
Wherever the river flows,
every sort of living creature that can multiply shall live,
and there shall be abundant fish,
for wherever this water comes the sea shall be made fresh.
Along both banks of the river, fruit trees of every kind shall grow;
their leaves shall not fade, nor their fruit fail.
Every month they shall bear fresh fruit,
for they shall be watered by the flow from the sanctuary.
Their fruit shall serve for food, and their leaves for medicine.”

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9

R.(5) The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High!
God is our refuge and our strength,
an ever-present help in distress.
Therefore, we fear not, though the earth be shaken
and mountains plunge into the depths of the sea.
R. The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High!
There is a stream whose runlets gladden the city of God,
the holy dwelling of the Most High.
God is in its midst; it shall not be disturbed;
God will help it at the break of dawn.
R. The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High!
The LORD of hosts is with us;
our stronghold is the God of Jacob.
Come! behold the deeds of the LORD,
the astounding things he has wrought on earth.
R. The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High!

Second Reading
1 Corinthians 3:9C-11, 16-17
Brothers and sisters:
You are God’s building.
According to the grace of God given to me,
like a wise master builder I laid a foundation,
and another is building upon it.
But each one must be careful how he builds upon it,
for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there,
namely, Jesus Christ.

Do you not know that you are the temple of God,
and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
If anyone destroys God’s temple,
God will destroy that person;
for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.

John 2:13-22

Since the Passover of the Jews was near,
Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves,
as well as the money-changers seated there.
He made a whip out of cords
and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen,
and spilled the coins of the money-changers
and overturned their tables,
and to those who sold doves he said,
“Take these out of here,
and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.”
His disciples recalled the words of Scripture,
Zeal for your house will consume me.
At this the Jews answered and said to him,
“What sign can you show us for doing this?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.”
The Jews said,
“This temple has been under construction for forty-six years,
and you will raise it up in three days?”
But he was speaking about the temple of his Body.
Therefore, when he was raised from the dead,
his disciples remembered that he had said this,
and they came to believe the Scripture
and the word Jesus had spoken.


“God is in its midst; it shall not be shaken; God will help it at break of day.” (Ps 46:6)

I’ve always been the type of student that gets anxious when it comes to test-taking. This began in grade school and dragged on until high school. I had this thinking that I’m not smart enough to answer a pen-and-paper test and I won’t pass. The only time I tried to make a conscious effort to overcome this was in college, but the feeling still remained.

In 2017, I decided to further my studies and enrolled for graduate school. Knowing myself, I knew I would do well when requirements involved reporting or writing papers. Answering tests – a totally different story! In graduate school, when you are done with your academic courses, you will take a written comprehensive exam. I took mine last October and it took me about two months to prepare. I had to take time off from going out, service, and many other things just to focus on studying because that nagging feeling never left – I will not pass. Nine days before my exam, I began my own novena and went to Mass daily to offer it for my exam. I knew this was something I would never overcome on my own. I needed more than just to prepare by studying but I needed to spiritually prepare as well. Like with many battles in my life, I fought it with my prayer and surrendered it to my Lord.

On the exam days, I spent extra time in the chapel. When I was finished with the whole exam, I found myself praying for my fellow takers and proclaimed, “Lord, I claim that I will pass this exam. In Your Name. Amen.” Last week, results came out and the best birthday blessing was given to me. I saw my letter of results and I passed. I made it, I did it! I knew in my heart that what I had to do next was to give glory and praise to the One who made it all happen for me. It is through Him, that I conquered and that I made a big step closer to my dream.

Friends, the readings remind us of how God’s presence in our lives leads to many possibilities. When we feel low, weak, and unable, it is our faith that equips us and allows us to move the mountains we have to face. Whatever you are experiencing, allow God to show you His best effort and the way you will ace through things alongside him. All you need to do is…believe.

Reflection Song

Through Christ by Generation Unleashed



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