Little Whispers, Tisha Tayag

Heaven Sent

First Reading
Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11
In those days,
like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijah
whose words were as a flaming furnace.
Their staff of bread he shattered,
in his zeal he reduced them to straits;
By the Lord’s word he shut up the heavens
and three times brought down fire.
How awesome are you, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds!
Whose glory is equal to yours?
You were taken aloft in a whirlwind of fire,
in a chariot with fiery horses.
You were destined, it is written, in time to come
to put an end to wrath before the day of the LORD,
To turn back the hearts of fathers toward their sons,
and to re-establish the tribes of Jacob.
Blessed is he who shall have seen you
and who falls asleep in your friendship.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 80:2AC AND 3B, 15-16, 18-19
R.(4) Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
O shepherd of Israel, hearken,
From your throne upon the cherubim, shine forth.
Rouse your power.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
Once again, O LORD of hosts,
look down from heaven, and see;
Take care of this vine,
and protect what your right hand has planted
the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
May your help be with the man of your right hand,
with the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
Then we will no more withdraw from you;
give us new life, and we will call upon your name.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.

Gospel
Matthew 17:9A, 10-13
As they were coming down from the mountain,
the disciples asked Jesus,
“Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”
He said in reply, “Elijah will indeed come and restore all things;
but I tell you that Elijah has already come,
and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased.
So also will the Son of Man suffer at their hands.”
Then the disciples understood
that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.


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“Elijah will indeed come and restore all things but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him.” (Matthew 17: 11-12)

REFLECTION
As we know, Elijah was sent by God during the times of the Old Testament. In the time of Jesus and as seen in this Gospel, Elijah has come as John the Baptist. We all know how John the Baptist’s story went. Although, people believed, listened, and followed his teachings. There were still some who were discontent with what He had to say.

Just like us, we encounter our own kinds of Elijahs. These are God-sent people who aim to give us light and help us through our everyday journeys, yet we tend to take them for granted or set them aside. It is only at the end of it all that we realize that when we neglect these people, we have placed ourselves in deeper problems or more dangers. We may have our own clouded minds and endless reasons why we end up treating them this way but I guess, now would be a good time to acknowledge them and spend time listening to them because they only want what is best for you.

As we celebrate Jesus’s coming in 11 days, let’s also take some time out to celebrate the people sent to us who served as an Elijah or a John the Baptist. If you’ve thought of somebody that never tires to be there to for you in your lowest of lows and dark times, it would be nice to show a simple appreciation to them by making them feel loved and listened to as well. I’m pretty sure it would make their holiday season shine brighter too!

Prayer
Heavenly Father, I want to take this time to thank the people that You have blessed me so much this year. The presence of the people who served as love and light has helped me overcome and conquer another year. I pray that You continue to empower them and protect them, and most importantly, may all their dreams and desires align to Your great plan for them. Amen.

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