Little Whispers, Luke Miranda

Forgive, Forget, Move On

First Reading
Wisdom 1:1-7

Love justice, you who judge the earth;
think of the Lord in goodness,
and seek him in integrity of heart;
Because he is found by those who test him not,
and he manifests himself to those who do not disbelieve him.
For perverse counsels separate a man from God,
and his power, put to the proof, rebukes the foolhardy;
Because into a soul that plots evil, wisdom enters not,
nor dwells she in a body under debt of sin.
For the holy Spirit of discipline flees deceit
and withdraws from senseless counsels;
and when injustice occurs it is rebuked.
For wisdom is a kindly spirit,
yet she acquits not the blasphemer of his guilty lips;
Because God is the witness of his inmost self
and the sure observer of his heart
and the listener to his tongue.
For the Spirit of the Lord fills the world,
is all-embracing, and knows what man says.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 139:1B-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-10
R. (24b) Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
O LORD, you have probed me and you know me;
you know when I sit and when I stand;
you understand my thoughts from afar.
My journeys and my rest you scrutinize,
with all my ways you are familiar.
R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O LORD, you know the whole of it.
Behind me and before, you hem me in
and rest your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
too lofty for me to attain.
R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
Where can I go from your spirit?
From your presence where can I flee?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I sink to the nether world, you are present there.
R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
if I settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
Even there your hand shall guide me,
and your right hand hold me fast.
R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.

Luke 17:1-6
Jesus said to his disciples,
“Things that cause sin will inevitably occur,
but woe to the one through whom they occur.
It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck
and he be thrown into the sea
than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.
Be on your guard!
If your brother sins, rebuke him;
and if he repents, forgive him.
And if he wrongs you seven times in one day
and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’
you should forgive him.”

And the Apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
The Lord replied, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed,
you would say to this mulberry tree,
‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”


“If he wrongs you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times saying ‘I am sorry’ you should forgive him.” (Luke 17:4)

Do you ever have those fights with your family that just makes you question your relationship towards them, to the point where you think, “Why am I related to this person?”

I remember it vividly on my sister’s birthday last year. We were staying at a hotel at the time, and as I was getting ready to sleep while washing my face, I hit my chin on the lock of the faucet drain without noticing. When my mother went in the bathroom after me, she noticed what I did and scolded me for it. I tried to explain what happened, that it was an accident, but she only replied with “Hindi, ginawa mo yan ng sadya.” (“No, you did it on purpose.”) I felt hurt, so I walked out and I started crying by myself.

I have never been one to open up about my problems even to my family because I feel like it will just bother them, but that night, my mother approached me on the sofa and tried to talk to me. There, I opened up all my problems, worries, and doubts about everything. I probably shouldn’t have because the reply I got haunts me to this day. All she said was “Luke, you don’t have a reason to feel depressed. If anything, I should be depressed.” I was silent as she asked me to come back into the room. I refused and said “Maybe later.” I didn’t sleep that night because of what she said. I felt so lost, like no one would ever listen to me because even my own mom said things that hurt and scarred me.

That night, I thought about doing things that would hurt me more. However, they ended up being just that, thoughts. I am glad that I am still alive today, because things got better with my mom, and I learned to forgive her because I knew that she just didn’t know how much I was hurting.

Brothers and sisters, God wants us to know that forgiveness may be a hard thing to do but we should always forgive those who have wronged us and not hold a grudge against them. Sometimes in a blind rage, they do not know what they are saying and how much it can hurt us. He wants to tell us no matter how great the hurt, we should not retaliate with the same hatred but instead love, accept and forgive. -Luke Miranda

Almighty Father, teach me how to forgive all those who have hurt me no matter how hard it may be. Please give me the gift of acceptance so that I may overlook the wrong they have done and focus on the good memories we have with each other. Amen.



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