Elianah Habitan, Little Whispers


First Reading
Acts 1:15-17, 20-26
Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers and sisters
(there was a group of about one hundred and twenty persons
in the one place).
He said, “My brothers and sisters,
the Scripture had to be fulfilled
which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand
through the mouth of David, concerning Judas,
who was the guide for those who arrested Jesus.
Judas was numbered among us
and was allotted a share in this ministry.
For it is written in the Book of Psalms:

Let his encampment become desolate,
and may no one dwell in it.

May another take his office.

Therefore, it is necessary that one of the men
who accompanied us the whole time
the Lord Jesus came and went among us,
beginning from the baptism of John
until the day on which he was taken up from us,
become with us a witness to his resurrection.”
So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas,
who was also known as Justus, and Matthias.
Then they prayed,
“You, Lord, who know the hearts of all,
show which one of these two you have chosen
to take the place in this apostolic ministry
from which Judas turned away to go to his own place.”
Then they gave lots to them, and the lot fell upon Matthias,
and he was counted with the Eleven Apostles.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
R.    (8)  The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.
R.    Alleluia.
Praise, you servants of the LORD,
praise the name of the LORD.
Blessed be the name of the LORD
both now and forever.
R.    The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.
R.    Alleluia.
From the rising to the setting of the sun
is the name of the LORD to be praised.
High above all nations is the LORD;
above the heavens is his glory.
R.    The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.
R.    Alleluia.
Who is like the LORD, our God, who is enthroned on high
and looks upon the heavens and the earth below?
R.    The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.
R.    Alleluia.
He raises up the lowly from the dust;
from the dunghill he lifts up the poor
To seat them with princes,
with the princes of his own people.
R.    The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.
R.    Alleluia.

John 15:9-17
Jesus said to his disciples:
“As the Father loves me, so I also love you.
Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love,
just as I have kept my Father’s commandments
and remain in his love.

“I have told you this so that my joy might be in you
and your joy might be complete.
This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
I no longer call you slaves,
because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
I have called you friends,
because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you:  love one another.”

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“It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.” (John 15:16)

To be quite honest, there are times when I am asked to pray in front of my whole family and I would dread it. Even writing my own article for Little Whisperers is quite scary to me. However, it’s not because of something despicable. It’s mostly due to my lack of confidence. 

Seeing all these wonderfully written words below my own and hearing my dad and Kuya pray effortlessly without any practice or copy on hand sometimes messes my mind. How could I, an adequate teenager with only a few stories to tell, possibly produce something so earnest and bless others with it?

After reading the gospel for today, I had a different narrative in mind. I tried writing about it for hours but it wasn’t coming out the way I wanted it to be. Like a flash, doubt instantly creeped within me. I became aware that I was trying so hard to make it seem smart enough to mask my insecurities. 

But God had a plan for me. He knew of my doubts and wanted to wash it all away. It was just quick but a very meaningful moment. It was abrupt yet everything that I needed so I can pour out all my uncertainties. 

He wanted me to know that a simple confession of my insecurity is a chance for me to create something that can bless others. Believe me, I still had a hard time writing this, but I knew that whatever happens, everything would fall into place. After all, it was Him who gave me this opportunity to be His voice. 

So, I don’t know if anybody needs this, but if you are ever overthinking about your skills and talents, worrying about the path you chose, or questioning about your current disposition, remember that God is always ahead of us. He has already planned out everything, all we need to do is to keep on praying and trust in His Mighty Power.

Lord, thank You for gracing me a wonderful life, giving me bountiful blessings, and letting me enjoy the fruits of Your labor. May I never forget that in times of qualms and difficulties, You are always behind me, pushing and proving that I am more than my apprehensions and limitations. May You give me strength and courage as I continuously strive to be the person You want me to be. Amen.



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