Little Whispers, Tisha Tayag

Surrender & Surprise

First Reading
Acts 16:22-34
The crowd in Philippi joined in the attack on Paul and Silas,
and the magistrates had them stripped
and ordered them to be beaten with rods.
After inflicting many blows on them,
they threw them into prison
and instructed the jailer to guard them securely.
When he received these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell
and secured their feet to a stake.

About midnight, while Paul and Silas were praying
and singing hymns to God as the prisoners listened,
there was suddenly such a severe earthquake
that the foundations of the jail shook;
all the doors flew open, and the chains of all were pulled loose.
When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open,
he drew his sword and was about to kill himself,
thinking that the prisoners had escaped.
But Paul shouted out in a loud voice,
“Do no harm to yourself; we are all here.”
He asked for a light and rushed in and,
trembling with fear, he fell down before Paul and Silas.
Then he brought them out and said,
“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus
and you and your household will be saved.”
So they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to everyone in his house.
He took them in at that hour of the night and bathed their wounds;
then he and all his family were baptized at once.
He brought them up into his house and provided a meal
and with his household rejoiced at having come to faith in God.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 138:1-2AB, 2CDE-3, 7C-8
R.    (7c)  Your right hand saves me, O Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart,
for you have heard the words of my mouth;
in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise;
I will worship at your holy temple,
and give thanks to your name.
R.    Your right hand saves me, O Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Because of your kindness and your truth,
you have made great above all things
your name and your promise.
When I called, you answered me;
you built up strength within me.
R.    Your right hand saves me, O Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Your right hand saves me.
The LORD will complete what he has done for me;
your kindness, O LORD, endures forever;
forsake not the work of your hands.
R.    Your right hand saves me, O Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.

Gospel
John 16:5-11
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Now I am going to the one who sent me,
and not one of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’
But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts.
But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go.
For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you.
But if I go, I will send him to you.
And when he comes he will convict the world
in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation:
sin, because they do not believe in me;
righteousness, because I am going to the Father
and you will no longer see me;
condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.”


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“But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you.” (John 16:7)

REFLECTION
Unexpectedly, this is not a “hugot” (emotional) verse or reflection. Rather, it is of hope.

It is normal for us to feel hurt especially when it feels that we have been left behind. I am pretty sure there are multiple ways for one to feel this emotion. We all feel a sting when we outgrow people that we hold dear and there’s an extra pang when others outgrow and leave us. We are never made ready for moments wherein we must let go. We would rather stay with what is familiar but I ask you, what if there is something phenomenal coming your way? You may not feel it right now, but believe me, there is.

Just like what Jesus assures His disciples, the Advocate can only come if Jesus goes. Who is this Advocate? Well, it’s the Holy Spirit and we can find the comfort of this Spirit in people who make us feel supported, people who empower us and journey with us to make us stronger.

Trust me, I am no expert when it comes to letting go but I am always proud to share of how the Heavenly Father makes things better by sending an Advocate. I am grateful to have found my Advocates and some of them have come into my life in unique and unexpected ways!

My point here, dearest friends, is we all have things we need to detach ourselves from. God is reminding you today to let go of whatever that is that is holding you back or hurting you because in case you have forgotten – He is the Alpha and Omega. He is the beginning and the end which only means He has everything planned out for you. So, smile! The God who made the universe is waiting for you to surrender so He can surprise you today.

Prayer
God Almighty, in my most solitary moments that is when I realize that I am not okay. There are many things around me and inside me that are tearing me apart but today, I acknowledge and accept that in my letting go, I am letting You in and I welcome You into my life. Please send Your Most Holy Spirit to turn my silent tears into laughter and my madness into serenity. I love You and I thank You for how You will change my life for the better. Amen.

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