Little Whispers, Nikki Miranda

Ceasefire

First Reading
Acts 14:19-28
In those days, some Jews from Antioch and Iconium
arrived and won over the crowds.
They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city,
supposing that he was dead.
But when the disciples gathered around him,
he got up and entered the city.
On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.

After they had proclaimed the good news to that city
and made a considerable number of disciples,
they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch.
They strengthened the spirits of the disciples
and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying,
“It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships
to enter the Kingdom of God.”
They appointed presbyters for them in each Church and,
with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lord
in whom they had put their faith.
Then they traveled through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia.
After proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia.
From there they sailed to Antioch,
where they had been commended to the grace of God
for the work they had now accomplished.
And when they arrived, they called the Church together
and reported what God had done with them
and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.
Then they spent no little time with the disciples.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 145:10-11, 12-13, 21
R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

or:
R. Alleluia.
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might.
R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Making known to men your might
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is a kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
or:
R. Alleluia.
May my mouth speak the praise of the LORD,
and may all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.
R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Gospel
John 14:27-31A
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me tell you,
‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’
If you loved me,
you would rejoice that I am going to the Father;
for the Father is greater than I.
And now I have told you this before it happens,
so that when it happens you may believe.
I will no longer speak much with you,
for the ruler of the world is coming.
He has no power over me,
but the world must know that I love the Father
and that I do just as the Father has commanded me.”

find-inner-peace-within

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid” John 14:27

REFLECTION
Have you ever asked yourself “What part of my life needs peace?” It may be in a relationship, in your home, in school, or even at work.

There’s only one answer that comes to mind whenever I think of that question and it is that I lack peace within myself. I get so too anxious, unsure, and puzzled even though there’s nothing to worry about. It all gets noisy in my head. I sometimes feel like I’m at war with my own thoughts and that results in me having to avoid people and situations.

In the Gospel today, Jesus promises us peace. There are this certain peace and love that the Lord offers that I can’t seem to find in others and that peace is what helps me and sustains me daily. He reassures us that we should not be afraid for He left us with peace. Not to escape the challenges that we face but instead to face these problems courageously. He surrounds me with people who make me feel His peace. Whenever I’m with these people I feel that peace and the noise just go away and the battle between me and my thoughts just ends.

Reflection Song

Glimmer In The Dust by Hillsong UNITED

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