Little Whispers, Martina De Guzman

Are You Busy?

First Reading
Acts 13:44-52
On the following sabbath
almost the whole city
gathered to hear the word of the Lord.
When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy
and with violent abuse contradicted what Paul said.
Both Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said,
“It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first,
but since you reject it
and condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life,
we now turn to the Gentiles.
For so the Lord has commanded us,
I have made you a light to the Gentiles,
that you may be an instrument of salvation
to the ends of the earth.”

The Gentiles were delighted when they heard this
and glorified the word of the Lord.
All who were destined for eternal life came to believe,
and the word of the Lord continued to spread
through the whole region.
The Jews, however, incited the women of prominence who were worshipers
and the leading men of the city,
stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas,
and expelled them from their territory.
So they shook the dust from their feet in protest against them
and went to Iconium.
The disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 98:1, 2-3AB, 3CD-4
R.    (3cd)  All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R.    All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R.    All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
R.    All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
or:
R.    Alleluia.

Gospel
John 14:7-14
Jesus said to his disciples:
“If you know me, then you will also know my Father.
From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said to Jesus,
“Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time
and you still do not know me, Philip?
Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own.
The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me,
or else, believe because of the works themselves.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,
and will do greater ones than these,
because I am going to the Father.
And whatever you ask in my name, I will do,
so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.”


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“If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.” (John 14:14)

REFLECTION
“Hey, are you busy..? I need someone to talk to.” “Uy pwede mo ba kong tulungan?” (“Hi, can you help me?”) “Tina, ano pwede kong gawin?” (“Tina, what can I do?”)

Call me, message me, and I’ll be there. I’ve always been that one call away friend. If you need help with something, as long as I can do it, I will. 

I grew up as one of those kids who had a tough experience with life. My mental illness, the anxiety of asking help from others, and the fear of rejection grew on me. That is why I’ve always put other people first before myself, because I don’t want them to feel the pain that I personally went through; I believe helping others is one of the best ways to spread the love to others (which is a good thing to spread to everyone–your friends, family, and community especially during this pandemic). 

Asking for help may be hard for some, I have learned through out the years that there is nothing wrong with asking for help. Whether it’s for advice, a project, or anything else, asking for help doesn’t mean you’re weak or useless. It just means that you are strong enough to ask for a helping hand.

With reading the gospel for today, the given guiding verse really did struck me. I remembered the times I pray to Him for my dreams and desires, some came true (which took a while to) while some didn’t, but that’s okay because I saw the reasons behind them not coming true. I was also reminded by a verse from Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find.” All you have to do is ask for help, pray and He will be there for you hearing your cries. 

Reflection Song

Desert Song by Hillsong Worship

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