Kitkat Fernandez, Little Whispers

Prayer Warriors

First Reading
Acts 11:19-26
Those who had been scattered by the persecution
that arose because of Stephen
went as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch,
preaching the word to no one but Jews.
There were some Cypriots and Cyrenians among them, however,
who came to Antioch and began to speak to the Greeks as well,
proclaiming the Lord Jesus.
The hand of the Lord was with them
and a great number who believed turned to the Lord.
The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem,
and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch.
When he arrived and saw the grace of God,
he rejoiced and encouraged them all
to remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart,
for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith.
And a large number of people was added to the Lord.
Then he went to Tarsus to look for Saul,
and when he had found him he brought him to Antioch.
For a whole year they met with the Church
and taught a large number of people,
and it was in Antioch that the disciples
were first called Christians.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 87:1B-3, 4-5, 6-7
R.    (117:1a)  All you nations, praise the Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
His foundation upon the holy mountains
the LORD loves:
The gates of Zion,
more than any dwelling of Jacob.
Glorious things are said of you,
O city of God!
R.    All you nations, praise the Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
I tell of Egypt and Babylon
among those who know the LORD;
Of Philistia, Tyre, Ethiopia:
“This man was born there.”
And of Zion they shall say:
“One and all were born in her;
And he who has established her
is the Most High LORD.”
R.    All you nations, praise the Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
They shall note, when the peoples are enrolled:
“This man was born there.”
And all shall sing, in their festive dance:
“My home is within you.”
R.    All you nations, praise the Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.

Gospel
John 10:22-30
The feast of the Dedication was taking place in Jerusalem.
It was winter.
And Jesus walked about in the temple area on the Portico of Solomon.
So the Jews gathered around him and said to him,
“How long are you going to keep us in suspense?
If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
Jesus answered them, “I told you and you do not believe.
The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me.
But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep.
My sheep hear my voice;
I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.
No one can take them out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,
and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand.
The Father and I are one.”


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“My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27)

REFLECTION
Today marks the fiftieth day since the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) was declared in Metro Manila. Since all of this is new to everyone, we have been trying our best to cope with the situation. We think of different ways to keep ourselves sane and entertained. Adjustments had to be made with how we were used to do things before. For one, people are requested to stay at home unless there is an important reason for them to go out.

Since my parents are already senior citizens, my siblings and I make sure that they never leave the house. Although they are still strong and are insistent that they are still capable of doing things outside, we choose not to risk their health by being the household’s ‘tributes.’ While they miss going out and the freedom that comes with it, they have already created a routine this ECQ period. They would bond over movies & series and exercise six times a week together. These activities keep them happy and healthy but what I noticed is that they also never forget to start their day by hearing online mass at 10:00 AM and praying the rosary before they sleep.

With everything that has been happening, there is a line in the Gospel wherein the Jews gathered around Jesus and asked him, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense?” Likewise, this has also been on my mind. There are a lot of things we see on our newsfeed that we tend to focus on the world’s negativity. 

My parents are God’s instruments in this time of uncertainty and confusion. It is amazing how they are being used by God as Shepherds to us with the way they choose to live a life of prayer each day. In today’s Gospel, Jesus is reminding us to focus on His light and to have faith in Him in these trying times.

Reflection Song

Glimmer in the Dust by Hillsong UNITED

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