Bea Rondario, Little Whispers

God’s Front Liner

First Reading
1 Peter 5:5B-14
Beloved:
Clothe yourselves with humility
in your dealings with one another, for:

God opposes the proud
but bestows favor on the humble.

So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,
that he may exalt you in due time.
Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.

Be sober and vigilant.
Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion
looking for someone to devour.
Resist him, steadfast in faith,
knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the world
undergo the same sufferings.
The God of all grace
who called you to his eternal glory through Christ Jesus
will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you
after you have suffered a little.
To him be dominion forever.  Amen.

I write you this briefly through Silvanus,
whom I consider a faithful brother,
exhorting you and testifying that this is the true grace of God.
Remain firm in it.
The chosen one at Babylon sends you greeting, as does Mark, my son.
Greet one another with a loving kiss.
Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17
R.    (2)  For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
The favors of the LORD I will sing forever;
through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.
For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”;
in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.
R.    For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
The heavens proclaim your wonders, O LORD,
and your faithfulness, in the assembly of the holy ones.
For who in the skies can rank with the LORD?
Who is like the LORD among the sons of God?
R.    For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Blessed the people who know the joyful shout;
in the light of your countenance, O LORD, they walk.
At your name they rejoice all the day,
and through your justice they are exalted.
R.    For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.

Gospel
Mark 16:15-20
Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them:
“Go into the whole world
and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved;
whoever does not believe will be condemned.
These signs will accompany those who believe:
in my name they will drive out demons,
they will speak new languages.
They will pick up serpents with their hands,
and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them.
They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them,
was taken up into heaven
and took his seat at the right hand of God.
But they went forth and preached everywhere,
while the Lord worked with them
and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.


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“Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)

REFLECTION
I can’t help but feel pressured by everything that has been happening in the world today. I always find myself self-pitying when I think about our situation, because I feel useless during this time; a lot of people are suffering and I can’t even do anything about it. I am ashamed of how I feel, because who am I to feel this way when other people are having it way worse than I am? These are the thoughts that are in my head whenever I am idle, and so I try to keep myself busy with work, or worse, I ignore my feelings and focus on other things.

For the past weeks, I have been dodging news about the pandemic, not because I don’t care but because I had accepted that I really can’t do anything about the situation, so I just let things happen and thought that the best I can do now is wait for things to get back to normal.

The first reading reminded me that I have to be alert, because these thoughts are not of God. The goal of the enemy is to weaken my trust and faith in God and it was happening. Today, I am reminded to stand firm in my faith and trust in His salvation. I am also reminded that many in the world today, may be feeling the same way and they continue to do so because they have not yet heard of the Word of God.

This is where I realized that God has actually given me the best power during these times – the power to share His Word to others. In the gospel, Jesus ordered the disciples to proclaim His Word to the world. While reading this, I was reminded that God does have a mission for me, a purpose, which is something I can do now. A lot of people may still not know Jesus and His promise, and may still be feeling like I did, but today I was reminded with God’s mission for me; to be His front liner and to share His good news.

Reflection Song

Midnight by Rita Springer

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