CJ Goronio, Little Whispers

Stand Up and Go

First Reading
Wisdom 7:22B-8:1

In Wisdom is a spirit
intelligent, holy, unique,
Manifold, subtle, agile,
clear, unstained, certain,
Not baneful, loving the good, keen,
unhampered, beneficent, kindly,
Firm, secure, tranquil,
all-powerful, all-seeing,
And pervading all spirits,
though they be intelligent, pure and very subtle.
For Wisdom is mobile beyond all motion,
and she penetrates and pervades all things by reason of her purity.
For she is an aura of the might of God
and a pure effusion of the glory of the Almighty;
therefore nought that is sullied enters into her.
For she is the refulgence of eternal light,
the spotless mirror of the power of God,
the image of his goodness.
And she, who is one, can do all things,
and renews everything while herself perduring;
And passing into holy souls from age to age,
she produces friends of God and prophets.
For there is nought God loves, be it not one who dwells with Wisdom.
For she is fairer than the sun
and surpasses every constellation of the stars.
Compared to light, she takes precedence;
for that, indeed, night supplants,
but wickedness prevails not over Wisdom.

Indeed, she reaches from end to end mightily
and governs all things well.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 119:89, 90, 91, 130, 135, 175

R.(89a) Your word is for ever, O Lord.
Your word, O LORD, endures forever;
it is firm as the heavens.
R. Your word is for ever, O Lord.
Through all generations your truth endures;
you have established the earth, and it stands firm.
R. Your word is for ever, O Lord.
According to your ordinances they still stand firm:
all things serve you.
R. Your word is for ever, O Lord.
The revelation of your words sheds light,
giving understanding to the simple.
R. Your word is for ever, O Lord.
Let your countenance shine upon your servant,
and teach me your statutes.
R. Your word is for ever, O Lord.
Let my soul live to praise you,
and may your ordinances help me.
R. Your word is for ever, O Lord.

Luke 17:20-25
Asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come,
Jesus said in reply,
“The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed,
and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’
For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you.”

Then he said to his disciples,
“The days will come when you will long to see
one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.
There will be those who will say to you,
‘Look, there he is,’ or ‘Look, here he is.’
Do not go off, do not run in pursuit.
For just as lightning flashes
and lights up the sky from one side to the other,
so will the Son of Man be in his day.
But first he must suffer greatly and be rejected by this generation.”

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“Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.” (Luke 17:19)

Do you ever have those days where you wake up with no energy to deal with anything, and have the greatest desire to just stay in bed? Some people call it their laziness acting up; for me, those are the kind of days (or moments) that I call purposeful.

Lately, I have been feeling bad at the work that I do. I am currently consumed with so much insecurity that I cannot even find the energy to function the most basic thought processes of my job. I was always making a mistake and I have this thought in my head that everyone is judging me for it. I was not concentrating anymore to the learning path I am taking, rather I was more focused on thinking that I was a failure and they did not need someone like me.

So, I ended up having that day where I just want to lay in bed and do nothing because I feel so bad about myself. I found myself thinking about the many things I have done in work, and not only did I make mistakes – I also had my small wins. Little achievements that help move a project further, things that I did to help my workmate get through her heavy load, small talks in the pantry that helped me create new friends inside our division. These were blessings that I never paid so much attention to, but it actually outdo the list of mistakes in my head. I also remembered the things I gave up to have this job, to be on this kind of learning pathway, one that I said I want to grow at.

I forgot that there was a purpose to why I asked for this and why it was given to me.

My dear friends, every day, Jesus is asking us to ‘Stand up and go’. But this message is nothing if we don’t understand the purpose of why He is asking this. It is okay to have a time out and reflect on what He has planned out for us – for us to find the common ground with He has planned out with us and where we are right now.

Take your time. He is willing to wait. When you are ready again, stand up and go.

Reflection Song

The Stand by Hillsong UNITED



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