Little Whispers, Robby Fernandez

Away From Keyboard

First Reading
Acts 5:27-33
When the court officers had brought the Apostles in
and made them stand before the Sanhedrin,
the high priest questioned them,
“We gave you strict orders did we not,
to stop teaching in that name.
Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching
and want to bring this man’s blood upon us.”
But Peter and the Apostles said in reply,
“We must obey God rather than men.
The God of our ancestors raised Jesus,
though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree.
God exalted him at his right hand as leader and savior
to grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins.
We are witnesses of these things,
as is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”

When they heard this,
they became infuriated and wanted to put them to death.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 34:2 AND 9, 17-18, 19-20
R.    (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Taste and see how good the LORD is;
blessed the man who takes refuge in him.
R.    The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
The LORD confronts the evildoers,
to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
and from all their distress he rescues them.
R.    The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
Many are the troubles of the just man,
but out of them all the LORD delivers him.
R.    The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
or:
R.    Alleluia.

Gospel
John 3:31-36
The one who comes from above is above all.
The one who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of earthly things.
But the one who comes from heaven is above all.
He testifies to what he has seen and heard,
but no one accepts his testimony.
Whoever does accept his testimony certifies that God is trustworthy.
For the one whom God sent speaks the words of God.
He does not ration his gift of the Spirit.
The Father loves the Son and has given everything over to him.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life,
but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life,
but the wrath of God remains upon him.


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“For the one whom God sent speaks the words of God. He does not ration his gift of the Spirit.” (John 3: 34)

REFLECTION
In the many times that I’ve started, stopped, created, and abandoned my many blogs, my Facebook feed, or my tweets, I always reach the point where I get tired of publishing my thoughts for followers to see. Recently though, my fingers were able to cooperate in such a way that my thoughts would see whatever eyes find their way on my Twitter feed. Twice!

There is a love-hate relationship that I personally have with social media, and I think we all find ourselves on that rollercoaster every now and then. We constantly have our names tied to words that you can never take back, which is why we take social media breaks, create Finstas (I know!), and just choose to stay further away from the web. 

It’s not always easy to stand behind the messages we post, because all forms of judgment can follow us online. Some people can take that kind of experience though, so we retweet, like, or share their words instead. In fact, there was One who did not hold anything back and He literally died for His message. 

We might be humans who hesitate, get embarrassed, and hide in the face of a world that does not always agree with us, and that’s okay! There is already One who gave it all, so that we can fully believe in the truth of His message. It’s Jesus’ complete conviction that allows us to embrace our own humanity, and move forward despite of our weaknesses.

Prayer
Dearest Lord, in these trying times, help me to live your message, in full humility, when I cannot find the words to speak my own. I offer myself as a light, no matter how simple the ways I can help may be. Amen.

Author

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