Little Whispers, TJ Rodriguez

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First Reading
Acts 2:36-41
On the day of Pentecost, Peter said to the Jewish people,
“Let the whole house of Israel know for certain
that God has made him both Lord and Christ,
this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart,
and they asked Peter and the other Apostles,
“What are we to do, my brothers?”
Peter said to them,
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you,
in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins;
and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
For the promise is made to you and to your children
and to all those far off,
whomever the Lord our God will call.”
He testified with many other arguments, and was exhorting them,
“Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”
Those who accepted his message were baptized,
and about three thousand persons were added that day.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20 AND 22
R.    (5b)  The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
or:

R.    Alleluia.
Upright is the word of the LORD,
and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full.
R.    The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,
upon those who hope for his kindness,
To deliver them from death
and preserve them in spite of famine.
R.    The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Our soul waits for the LORD,
who is our help and our shield.
May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us
who have put our hope in you.
R.    The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.

Gospel
John 20:11-18
Mary Magdalene stayed outside the tomb weeping.
And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb
and saw two angels in white sitting there,
one at the head and one at the feet
where the Body of Jesus had been.
And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”
She said to them, “They have taken my Lord,
and I don’t know where they laid him.”
When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there,
but did not know it was Jesus.
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?
Whom are you looking for?”
She thought it was the gardener and said to him,
“Sir, if you carried him away,
tell me where you laid him,
and I will take him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary!”
She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,”
which means Teacher.
Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me,
for I have not yet ascended to the Father.
But go to my brothers and tell them,
‘I am going to my Father and your Father,
to my God and your God.’”
Mary went and announced to the disciples,
“I have seen the Lord,”
and then reported what he had told her.


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“Woman, why are you weeping?” (John 20:15)

REFLECTION
Who or what is controlling your life right now?

Is it the Enhanced Community Quarantine that limits you to do anything but just stay home? Is it the Covid-19 pandemic that scares you to create relationships again? Are there other things or people who control your life? In this time of uncertainty, most of us are losing hope if things will still get better. But here’s the good news – there is hope.

In today’s gospel, Mary Magdalene was weeping hard when Jesus was not found in his tomb. She would do anything to see Jesus again. When Jesus saw her, He asked, “Woman, why are you weeping?” When she realized that it was Jesus, Mary quickly did what Jesus asked her – to tell the good news that He is alive. 

Do we see ourselves in Mary Magdalene’s position where we sulk over things that we cannot control and struggles that seem hard to solve?  I’ve been in a position where I overthink everything. There is a constant struggle to please people so anything they say holds an impact on me. Slowly, I’ve realized that being controlled over what people would think or say doesn’t help me become a better person. Rather, it hinders me in seeing the beauty that God has created in me.

Friends, letting go and giving our full trust to the Lord is not easy. But, why weep when we can rejoice in the Lord’s goodness? Jesus has now resurrected and has saved our lives! “For the Son of man has come to seek and to save what was lost.” (Luke 19:10) Now is the time to share the news that He is alive, and He is here to save us from all our anxieties, uncertainties, and frustrations. All He wants is to allow Him to take over our lives.

Prayer
Afraid and confused, I come to you Lord. In this time of need, humble my heart so that I may see the fullness of Your love in me. Save me from this darkness and grant me peace in my heart. Amen.

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