Gab Sanchez, Little Whispers

Faith, Trust, and Jesus’ Love

First Reading
Acts 4:32-37
The community of believers was of one heart and mind,
and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own,
but they had everything in common.
With great power the Apostles bore witness
to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,
and great favor was accorded them all.
There was no needy person among them,
for those who owned property or houses would sell them,
bring the proceeds of the sale,
and put them at the feet of the Apostles,
and they were distributed to each according to need.

Thus Joseph, also named by the Apostles Barnabas
(which is translated Ason of encouragement”),
a Levite, a Cypriot by birth,
sold a piece of property that he owned,
then brought the money and put it at the feet of the Apostles.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 93:1AB, 1CD-2, 5
R.    (1a)  The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
The LORD is king, in splendor robed;
robed is the LORD and girt about with strength.
R.    The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
And he has made the world firm,
not to be moved.
Your throne stands firm from of old;
from everlasting you are, O LORD.
R.    The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Your decrees are worthy of trust indeed:
holiness befits your house,
O LORD, for length of days.
R.    The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
or:
R.    Alleluia.

Gospel
John 3:7B-15
Jesus said to Nicodemus:
“‘You must be born from above.’
The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes,
but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes;
so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Nicodemus answered and said to him,
‘How can this happen?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“You are the teacher of Israel and you do not understand this?
Amen, amen, I say to you,
we speak of what we know and we testify to what we have seen,
but you people do not accept our testimony.
If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe,
how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?
No one has gone up to heaven
except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man.
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”


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If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? (John 3:12)

REFLECTION
When I was still in school, I always viewed life as a dog-eat-dog world, and I was terrified. When I got my first job, I put the mindset that I had to do my work to my best ability, even if it meant having to rely solely on myself. I then quickly realized that everyone relied on each other’s successes, and trust that everyone will succeed. I decided to learn more about everyone’s work, and was quickly able to put my trust in them, that they will be able to help the whole team. And with that bit of faith, I’ve come to find a love in what I once feared.

In the first reading, it talks about how a community of believers would give all that they could to the apostles. Nobody in their community needed anything else, as they have been living harmoniously, sharing all that they can provide for the needs of their neighbors.

The past weeks have been tough. People are sick, front liners are at risk, and we constantly live in fear. Hospitals need support, but nobody is asking you to sell your belongings so that you could give. Maybe a friend of yours could use a greeting. Sharing doesn’t have to be material. Your love can go a long way, and a lot of people could use it.

Today’s gospel talks about having the purest faith and trust in the Lord. We always say that we trust the Lord, but how far and how deep do we really put our faith in Him?

We need to remember that the virus is very real, but so is our God. We must remember that he will always be there for us. He was with us before the virus, He is with us now, and He will be with us after this is done. Waking up to the same stories is painful, but we must believe that this too shall pass. We must trust in God’s plan, and believe that he has greater intentions for our future.

Reflection Song

Cornerstone by Hillsong Worship

Author

wc-gab

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