Little Whispers, Tisha Tayag

Call Me Maybe

First Reading
Romans 10:9-18
Brothers and sisters:
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
you will be saved.
For one believes with the heart and so is justified,
and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.
The Scripture says,
No one who believes in him will be put to shame.
There is no distinction between Jew and Greek;
the same Lord is Lord of all,
enriching all who call upon him.
For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed?
And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard?
And how can they hear without someone to preach?
And how can people preach unless they are sent?
As it is written,
How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!
But not everyone has heeded the good news;
for Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed what was heard from us?
Thus faith comes from what is heard,
and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.
But I ask, did they not hear?
Certainly they did; for

Their voice has gone forth to all the earth,
and their words to the ends of the world.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11
R.(10) The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
or:
R.(John 6:63) Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul;
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
or:
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
The command of the LORD is clear,
enlightening the eye.
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
or:
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever;
The ordinances of the LORD are true,
all of them just.
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
or:
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
They are more precious than gold,
than a heap of purest gold;
Sweeter also than syrup
or honey from the comb.
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
or:
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

Gospel
Matthew 4:18-22
As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers,
Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew,
casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.
He said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
At once they left their nets and followed him.
He walked along from there and saw two other brothers,
James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets.
He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father
and followed him.


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“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

REFLECTION
As a grade school teacher, I hear my name being called many times a day for many different reasons. Just recently, as I was walking away from our level corridor, a student shouted, “Ms. Tayag!” There was urgency in the voice so I quickly turned to face the student and there I saw tears about to fall from the eyes. I walked towards the student and immediately listened to the concern. The tears were falling as the student felt fearful because she has been bitten by a mosquito. For adults, this may not seem like much but for her, it was a major concern. I held her tight and invited her to prayer of surrender. As we ended our comfort session, I reminded her to place her trust in the Lord. Even though she is young, it is never too early (or too late) to have faith in the Lord.

My student’s cry was a call for help. Just like her, we go through every day calling out for help in our own ways. At home, may it be for a serious matter or to be extra affectionate, you’d hear my brothers and I shout “Maaaaa!” (“Mooom!”) to which our mother would respond to instantly even if she knows we may be up to no good. This immediate response from our mom makes us feel secure and safe. The best part here is that our Good Lord does the same for us too. Isn’t that such a delightful thing to be graced with?

My dearest friends, the letter of Paul to the Romans contains a very beautiful promise. You may be reading this and thinking of that something you wish to be saved from. This is the perfect time for you to call on His name and surrender to Him whatever it may be that is on your mind right now. God’s hotline is 24/7 and He will be the one to pick up the call. He is waiting for the phone to ring just to hear Your voice because He himself will show You how He intends to save you no matter what.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, there are thoughts and situations that I need saving from in my life. I tend to find solution and escape from worldly things only to wake up and see that it is still there, lingering by. I no longer want to do this alone so, I am calling out to You because I believe and claim that You will save me every day and always, now and forever. Amen.

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