Bettina Morales, Little Whispers

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First Reading
Exodus 32:7-14
The LORD said to Moses,
“Go down at once to your people
whom you brought out of the land of Egypt,
for they have become depraved.
They have soon turned aside from the way I pointed out to them,
making for themselves a molten calf and worshiping it,
sacrificing to it and crying out,
‘This is your God, O Israel,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt!’
The LORD said to Moses,
“I see how stiff-necked this people is.
Let me alone, then,
that my wrath may blaze up against them to consume them.
Then I will make of you a great nation.”

But Moses implored the LORD, his God, saying,
“Why, O LORD, should your wrath blaze up against your own people,
whom you brought out of the land of Egypt
with such great power and with so strong a hand?
Why should the Egyptians say,
‘With evil intent he brought them out,
that he might kill them in the mountains
and exterminate them from the face of the earth’?
Let your blazing wrath die down;
relent in punishing your people.
Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel,
and how you swore to them by your own self, saying,
‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky;
and all this land that I promised,
I will give your descendants as their perpetual heritage.’“
So the LORD relented in the punishment
he had threatened to inflict on his people.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 106:19-20, 21-22, 23
(4a)  Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
Our fathers made a calf in Horeb
and adored a molten image;
They exchanged their glory
for the image of a grass-eating bullock.
R.    Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
They forgot the God who had saved them,
who had done great deeds in Egypt,
Wondrous deeds in the land of Ham,
terrible things at the Red Sea.
R.    Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
Then he spoke of exterminating them,
but Moses, his chosen one,
Withstood him in the breach
to turn back his destructive wrath.
R.    Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.

Gospel
John 5:31-47
Jesus said to the Jews:
“If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is not true.
But there is another who testifies on my behalf,
and I know that the testimony he gives on my behalf is true.
You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth.
I do not accept human testimony,
but I say this so that you may be saved.
He was a burning and shining lamp,
and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light.
But I have testimony greater than John’s.
The works that the Father gave me to accomplish,
these works that I perform testify on my behalf
that the Father has sent me.
Moreover, the Father who sent me has testified on my behalf.
But you have never heard his voice nor seen his form,
and you do not have his word remaining in you,
because you do not believe in the one whom he has sent.
You search the Scriptures,
because you think you have eternal life through them;
even they testify on my behalf.
But you do not want to come to me to have life.

“I do not accept human praise;
moreover, I know that you do not have the love of God in you.
I came in the name of my Father,
but you do not accept me;
yet if another comes in his own name,
you will accept him.
How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another
and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?
Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father:
the one who will accuse you is Moses,
in whom you have placed your hope.
For if you had believed Moses,
you would have believed me,
because he wrote about me.
But if you do not believe his writings,
how will you believe my words?”


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“How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?” (John 5:44)

REFLECTION
What makes you want to watch a movie? Is it the eye-catching poster? The synopsis? For me, I always find time to read or ask for reviews from people who have already watched movies I am interested in. Sometimes movie posters looks good yet the plot is lacking, or the synopsis excites viewers yet it was made with poor production. A movie takes about two hours of your life, so, what better way than to spend it on good quality movies that has been validated sufficiently?

As humans, we acknowledge that there are days when we doubt and are filled with questions on movies we want to watch, things we do, the principles we follow, and even the beliefs we believe in. The gospel shows us the story of how the Jews failed to believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God in spite of testimonies made by John, God through the scriptures, and Jesus himself through his works. Like us, the Jews searched for concrete evidence or testimonies from the majority in order to fully accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah. In today’s gospel, Jesus makes it known to us that we are vulnerable to seeking validation from others that it leaves us pre-occupied, thus, overpowering our need to receive praises from Christ.

Oftentimes, God has already provided us with what we need, but we fail to see and acknowledge what he has given. We tend to focus on what we want to see rather than what is already laid on the table for us. So today, we are reminded that to fully commit ourselves to a life in Christ, we must recognize that what we only need is His testimony and His praise.

Reflection Song

Jesus I Need You by Hillsong Worship

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