Little Whispers, Tisha Tayag

Bottomless

First Reading
Isaiah 49:1-6
Hear me, O islands,
listen, O distant peoples.
The LORD called me from birth,
from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.
He made of me a sharp-edged sword
and concealed me in the shadow of his arm.
He made me a polished arrow,
in his quiver he hid me.
You are my servant, he said to me,
Israel, through whom I show my glory.

Though I thought I had toiled in vain,
and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,
Yet my reward is with the LORD,
my recompense is with my God.
For now the LORD has spoken
who formed me as his servant from the womb,
That Jacob may be brought back to him
and Israel gathered to him;
And I am made glorious in the sight of the LORD,
and my God is now my strength!
It is too little, he says, for you to be my servant,
to raise up the tribes of Jacob,
and restore the survivors of Israel;
I will make you a light to the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4A, 5AB-6AB, 15 AND 17
R.    (see 15ab)  I will sing of your salvation.
In you, O LORD, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
In your justice rescue me, and deliver me;
incline your ear to me, and save me.
R.    I will sing of your salvation.
Be my rock of refuge,
a stronghold to give me safety,
for you are my rock and my fortress.
O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked.
R.    I will sing of your salvation.
For you are my hope, O LORD;
my trust, O God, from my youth.
On you I depend from birth;
from my mother’s womb you are my strength.
R.    I will sing of your salvation.
My mouth shall declare your justice,
day by day your salvation.
O God, you have taught me from my youth,
and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds.
R.    I will sing of your salvation.

Gospel
John 13:21-33, 36-38
Reclining at table with his disciples, Jesus was deeply troubled and testified,
“Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”
The disciples looked at one another, at a loss as to whom he meant.
One of his disciples, the one whom Jesus loved,
was reclining at Jesus’ side.
So Simon Peter nodded to him to find out whom he meant.
He leaned back against Jesus’ chest and said to him,
“Master, who is it?”
Jesus answered,
“It is the one to whom I hand the morsel after I have dipped it.”
So he dipped the morsel and took it and handed it to Judas,
son of Simon the Iscariot.
After Judas took the morsel, Satan entered him.
So Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.”
Now none of those reclining at table realized why he said this to him.
Some thought that since Judas kept the money bag, Jesus had told him,
“Buy what we need for the feast,”
or to give something to the poor.
So Judas took the morsel and left at once. And it was night.

When he had left, Jesus said,
“Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself,
and he will glorify him at once.
My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.
You will look for me, and as I told the Jews,
‘Where I go you cannot come,’ so now I say it to you.”

Simon Peter said to him, “Master, where are you going?”
Jesus answered him,
“Where I am going, you cannot follow me now,
though you will follow later.”
Peter said to him,
“Master, why can I not follow you now?
I will lay down my life for you.”
Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me?
Amen, amen, I say to you, the cock will not crow
before you deny me three times.”


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“Though I thought I had toiled in vain, for nothing and for naught spent my strength, Yet my right is with the LORD, my recompense is with my God.” (Isaiah 49:4)

REFLECTION
The prophet Isaiah desired one thing as his mission and that was to remind everyone to cling onto the promises of God rather than things of the world. It seems to be a very timely reminder for all of us now that we’re on the fourth week of the Enhanced Community Quarantine. We’re all coming from different emotional states and dispositions which may lead us to asking, “when will this end?” Time and again, we find ourselves searching far and wide for the end of all kinds of sufferings, illnesses, problems, worries and stress. Just like the coronavirus that has taken the world by storm and has rattled so many countries, including our own. There is always a constant need and desire to find solutions for our varied heartaches and pains which leaves us weary and beaten. It is more often than not easier to give up rather than finding a reason to keep going. 

However, the reading from Isaiah is telling us loud and clear that God is our reward even in this turmoil. It is a loud shout for us that God is and forever will be by our side because in Him is our hope. When all things blind us, our faith in Him is saying, “He is bottomless!” My high school seatmate and I coined the idea that life is bottomless years ago and I constantly hold on to it because it tells me that even if we’re thrown issues and dilemmas left and right, the love that God pours out for us will always be bottomless. Regardless of the situation, God will come through because He is powerful, and He is majestic.

Let us continue to remember that spiritual battles are encountered every day and the greatest weapon we can fight it with is prayer. Let us pray unceasingly, pray like never before, and claim that the Perfect Healer will power through this virus and He will overcome it as He as always done.

Reflection Song

I Will Look Up by Elevation Worship

Author

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