Diego Reyes, Little Whispers

(Not) A Rulebreaker

First Reading
Acts 8:5-8, 14-17
Philip went down to the city of Samaria
and proclaimed the Christ to them.
With one accord, the crowds paid attention to what was said by Philip
when they heard it and saw the signs he was doing.
For unclean spirits, crying out in a loud voice,
came out of many possessed people,
and many paralyzed or crippled people were cured.
There was great joy in that city.

Now when the apostles in Jerusalem
heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God,
they sent them Peter and John,
who went down and prayed for them,
that they might receive the Holy Spirit,
for it had not yet fallen upon any of them;
they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Then they laid hands on them
and they received the Holy Spirit.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20
R. (1) Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Shout joyfully to God, all the earth,
sing praise to the glory of his name;
proclaim his glorious praise.
Say to God, “How tremendous are your deeds!”
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R. Alleluia.
“Let all on earth worship and sing praise to you,
sing praise to your name!”
Come and see the works of God,
his tremendous deeds among the children of Adam.
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R. Alleluia.
He has changed the sea into dry land;
through the river they passed on foot;
therefore let us rejoice in him.
He rules by his might forever.
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Hear now, all you who fear God, while I declare
what he has done for me.
Blessed be God who refused me not
my prayer or his kindness!
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Second Reading
1 Peter 3:15-18
Beloved:
Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts.
Always be ready to give an explanation
to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope,
but do it with gentleness and reverence,
keeping your conscience clear,
so that, when you are maligned,
those who defame your good conduct in Christ
may themselves be put to shame.
For it is better to suffer for doing good,
if that be the will of God, than for doing evil.

For Christ also suffered for sins once,
the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous,
that he might lead you to God.
Put to death in the flesh,
he was brought to life in the Spirit.

Gospel
John 14:15-21
Jesus said to his disciples:
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
And I will ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always,
the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept,
because it neither sees nor knows him.
But you know him, because he remains with you,
and will be in you.
I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
In a little while the world will no longer see me,
but you will see me, because I live and you will live.
On that day you will realize that I am in my Father
and you are in me and I in you.
Whoever has my commandments and observes them
is the one who loves me.
And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”


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“Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me.” (John 14:21)

REFLECTION
Like any other kid, I grew up with an affinity for video games. Up to this day, playing video games is my favorite hobby and I would stay up all night to play my favorite video game! 

My video game journey started with the PSP—it was the first console I ever owned, and I was addicted to it. I got it as a gift when I passed fourth grade and I would play it whenever I got the chance. I even snuck it into school and would play it during my break. My parents soon took notice that I was getting more and more addicted to my PSP; every waking hour was spent playing it. They did not want to take away my PSP, but they instructed me that I can play it with one condition, that being I can only play it for 2 hours and 30 minutes each day.

It is weird that as a 10-year-old boy who had a reputation of being makulit (naughty), I was able to follow my parents’ rules. I would often remember begging them to extend my playtime if I already consumed my playtime for the day! For me, I loved my parents so much that I was afraid to defy their word even if they were not looking at me.

This is what Jesus is telling us today—to love Him so much that breaking His rules is not in the picture. It must come naturally to us to be obedient to the will of the Father in order to let His Spirit, His Word and His Love to overflow our lives! Love must be in the center of our lives for Jesus to be in the center of everything!

Prayer
Lord, let love take over all aspects of my life. Let it invade and take control today. Amen!

Author

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