Little Whispers

In Control

First Reading
Song of Songs 2:8-14
Hark! my lover–here he comes
springing across the mountains,
leaping across the hills.
My lover is like a gazelle
or a young stag.
Here he stands behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
peering through the lattices.
My lover speaks; he says to me,
“Arise, my beloved, my dove, my beautiful one,
and come!
“For see, the winter is past,
the rains are over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of pruning the vines has come,
and the song of the dove is heard in our land.
The fig tree puts forth its figs,
and the vines, in bloom, give forth fragrance.
Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one,
and come!

“O my dove in the clefts of the rock,
in the secret recesses of the cliff,
Let me see you,
let me hear your voice,
For your voice is sweet,
and you are lovely.”

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21

R.(1a; 3a) Exult, you just, in the Lord! Sing to him a new song.
Give thanks to the LORD on the harp;
with the ten-stringed lyre chant his praises.
Sing to him a new song;
pluck the strings skillfully, with shouts of gladness.
R. Exult, you just, in the Lord! Sing to him a new song.
But the plan of the LORD stands forever;
the design of his heart, through all generations.
Blessed the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people he has chosen for his own inheritance.
R. Exult, you just, in the Lord! Sing to him a new song.
Our soul waits for the LORD,
who is our help and our shield,
For in him our hearts rejoice;
in his holy name we trust.
R. Exult, you just, in the Lord! Sing to him a new song.

Gospel
Luke 1:39-45
Mary set out in those days
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
“Most blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.”


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“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” (Luke 1:45)

REFLECTION
I have never been fond of spontaneity.

As someone who loves planning, I would rather have my tasks and events scheduled ahead of time compared to doing things on the spur of the moment. Even when I was younger, I did my best to come up with rehearsed presentations and speeches, instead of ad-libs and impromptus. I am the type of person who even overthinks because I wouldn’t want to end up making rash or impulsive decisions.

Then again, things don’t always go as planned. The feeling of not knowing of what is to come makes me very worried and anxious.

This 2019, I was faced with a lot of challenges and drawbacks, especially coming to terms with the fact that I have no control over what my future holds. I struggled with adapting to certain situations, but eventually learned how to become more resilient. Looking back, I realized that I would not have have done it if I didn’t put my faith in the Lord.

In the Gospel today, Elizabeth celebrates Mary’s willingness to say “yes” to God’s plan for her. Mary is blessed, for she believed that God is working in and through her, and His promises are sure. Just like Mary, I continue to strive to pursue the Lord and His ways by remembering that every day, He is fulfilling His plans for me.

The Gospel simply teaches us to be like Mary, who always put her trust in God. We are reminded that there is no reason to be afraid, as He will always be with us in every step of the way and it is He who is in control of all.

Reflection Song

In Control by Hillsong Worship

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