Little Whispers, Ryan Rivera

On The Frontline

First Reading
Jeremiah 11:18-20
I knew their plot because the LORD informed me;
at that time you, O LORD, showed me their doings.

Yet I, like a trusting lamb led to slaughter,
had not realized that they were hatching plots against me:
“Let us destroy the tree in its vigor;
let us cut him off from the land of the living,
so that his name will be spoken no more.”

But, you, O LORD of hosts, O just Judge,
searcher of mind and heart,
Let me witness the vengeance you take on them,
for to you I have entrusted my cause!

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 7:2-3, 9BC-10, 11-12
R. (2a) O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge.

O LORD, my God, in you I take refuge;
save me from all my pursuers and rescue me,
Lest I become like the lion’s prey,
to be torn to pieces, with no one to rescue me.
R. O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge.
Do me justice, O LORD, because I am just,
and because of the innocence that is mine.
Let the malice of the wicked come to an end,
but sustain the just,
O searcher of heart and soul, O just God.
R. O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge.
A shield before me is God,
who saves the upright of heart;
A just judge is God,
a God who punishes day by day.
R. O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge.

John 7:40-53
Some in the crowd who heard these words of Jesus said,
“This is truly the Prophet.”
Others said, “This is the Christ.”
But others said, “The Christ will not come from Galilee, will he?
Does not Scripture say that the Christ will be of David’s family
and come from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?”
So a division occurred in the crowd because of him.
Some of them even wanted to arrest him,
but no one laid hands on him.

So the guards went to the chief priests and Pharisees,
who asked them, “Why did you not bring him?”
The guards answered, “Never before has anyone spoken like this man.”
So the Pharisees answered them, “Have you also been deceived?
Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him?
But this crowd, which does not know the law, is accursed.”
Nicodemus, one of their members who had come to him earlier, said to them,
“Does our law condemn a man before it first hears him
and finds out what he is doing?”
They answered and said to him,
“You are not from Galilee also, are you?
Look and see that no prophet arises from Galilee.”

Then each went to his own house.


Does our law condemn a person before it first hears him and finds out what he is doing?(John 7:51)

When people ask children what they want to become when they grow up, most of them answer engineers, lawyers, businessmen, or doctors, which are actually high-paying occupations that people look up to. On the other hand, when children answer cashiers, janitors, or drivers, they are told to dream bigger and aim for a higher job. I always wondered, why do we condition our children to view different jobs unequally in terms of salary, position, and educational attainment? I’ve asked myself, “How is one job “
better” than the other?” It is sad but this is the society that we live in today where we look at occupations differently and this is our reality.

Just like in the Gospel, we are doubtful and full of prejudice towards the janitors, helpers, cashiers, vendors, delivery men, and gasoline station attendants, the same way the crowd treated Jesus with uncertainty and prejudice. Yet, these occupations that we consider as low-paying or we do not look up to as much as doctors and engineers, are the same people who wake up everyday to serve their countrymen. They face each day with bravery, courage, and faith amidst the health risks and scarcity of transportation just to provide for their families and be of service to other people. The same way doctors and medical personnel save the lives of people with illnesses, these people also save and protect each of us in their own ways.

Jesus is telling us today to treat one another with love, compassion, understanding, generosity, humility, patience, and respect regardless of one’s background and occupation. With a grateful and trusting heart, let us all be Jesus to one another as we face each day with faith and hold onto His promise of salvation. As we are all one in Christ Jesus, may this season remind us to work together with peace, kindness, and equality.

To all the frontliners, thank you for your service.

Father God, may You remind us to trust in Your power, grace, and love as You are greater and far more powerful than what we are currently facing. We lift up to you each and every individual who has committed their lives to serve and protect the people. Grant each of them the strength and courage as they fulfill their duties everyday. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.



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