Little Whispers, Ryan Rivera

Seven Sundays

First Reading
Acts 8:26-40
The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip,
“Get up and head south on the road
that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, the desert route.”
So he got up and set out.
Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch,
a court official of the Candace,
that is, the queen of the Ethiopians,
in charge of her entire treasury,
who had come to Jerusalem to worship, and was returning home.
Seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.
The Spirit said to Philip,
“Go and join up with that chariot.”
Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and said,
“Do you understand what you are reading?”
He replied,
“How can I, unless someone instructs me?”
So he invited Philip to get in and sit with him.
This was the Scripture passage he was reading:

Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,
and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who will tell of his posterity?
For his life is taken from the earth.

Then the eunuch said to Philip in reply,
“I beg you, about whom is the prophet saying this?
About himself, or about someone else?”
Then Philip opened his mouth and, beginning with this Scripture passage,
he proclaimed Jesus to him.
As they traveled along the road
they came to some water,
and the eunuch said, “Look, there is water.
What is to prevent my being baptized?”
Then he ordered the chariot to stop,
and Philip and the eunuch both went down into the water,
and he baptized him.
When they came out of the water,
the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away,
and the eunuch saw him no more,
but continued on his way rejoicing.
Philip came to Azotus, and went about proclaiming the good news
to all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 66:8-9, 16-17, 20
R.    (1)  Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
R.    Alleluia.
Bless our God, you peoples,
loudly sound his praise;
He has given life to our souls,
and has not let our feet slip.
R.    Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
R.    Alleluia.
Hear now, all you who fear God, while I declare
what he has done for me.
When I appealed to him in words,
praise was on the tip of my tongue.
R.    Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
R.    Alleluia.
Blessed be God who refused me not
my prayer or his kindness!
R.    Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
R.    Alleluia.

John 6:44-51
Jesus said to the crowds:
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him,
and I will raise him on the last day.
It is written in the prophets:

They shall all be taught by God.

Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me.
Not that anyone has seen the Father
except the one who is from God;
he has seen the Father.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes has eternal life.
I am the bread of life.
Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died;
this is the bread that comes down from heaven
so that one may eat it and not die.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is my Flesh for the life of the world.”


“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” (John 6:51)

Growing up, Sunday has always meant going to Church and attending mass. Until religious mass gatherings were barred due to the public health crisis caused by COVID-19. It has been seven Sundays of attending online mass and seven weeks of praying the rosary everyday. And with every week that goes by, I realize more than ever how much I miss it.

I miss going to church. I miss being in the presence of Jesus inside the church. I miss listening to the word of God and to the Homily. I miss celebrating the Eucharist. I miss kneeling before God and talking to Him. I miss the gathering of people who believe in Christ. I miss being in the same room, worshiping, singing, serving, laughing, praying, and receiving communion together.

But today, I am reminded that we are the Church. For without the people, a building cannot be considered a Church. The people created and called by God to be His: His children, His disciples, and His messengers.

As Jesus is the living bread whose flesh is given for the life of the world, we are called to fulfill our duties as the Church of Christ in our own ways. As we turn our own homes into Churches, we can pray, worship, extend help, reach out, and care for each other as we continue the works of the Church. As each of us has been given skills, abilities and opportunities to serve, Jesus will continue to strengthen, protect, and sustain us.

Friends, today’s readings are telling us that wherever we are, Jesus is there. He is there in our homes, in our families, in our lives, and He will always be there. We may not be able to go to church and celebrate the Eucharist, but Jesus is reminding us that we are the Church and the Church is at its best when the people inside the building take His message outside the building and serve those they meet.

Reflection Song

Here Again by Elevation Worship



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