Little Whispers, Nina Miranda

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First Reading
Acts 18:23-28
After staying in Antioch some time,
Paul left and traveled in orderly sequence
through the Galatian country and Phrygia,
bringing strength to all the disciples.

A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria,
an eloquent speaker, arrived in Ephesus.
He was an authority on the Scriptures.
He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and,
with ardent spirit, spoke and taught accurately about Jesus,
although he knew only the baptism of John.
He began to speak boldly in the synagogue;
but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him,
they took him aside
and explained to him the Way of God more accurately.
And when he wanted to cross to Achaia,
the brothers encouraged him
and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him.
After his arrival he gave great assistance
to those who had come to believe through grace.
He vigorously refuted the Jews in public,
establishing from the Scriptures that the Christ is Jesus.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 43:2-3, 8-9, 10
R.    (8a)  God is king of all the earth.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
All you peoples, clap your hands;
shout to God with cries of gladness.
For the LORD, the Most High, the awesome,
is the great king over all the earth.
R.    God is king of all the earth.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
For king of all the earth is God;
sing hymns of praise.
God reigns over the nations,
God sits upon his holy throne.
R.    God is king of all the earth.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
The princes of the peoples are gathered together
with the people of the God of Abraham.
For God’s are the guardians of the earth;
he is supreme.
R.    God is king of all the earth.
or:
R.    Alleluia.

Gospel
John 16:23B-28
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
Until now you have not asked anything in my name;
ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

“I have told you this in figures of speech.
The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures
but I will tell you clearly about the Father.
On that day you will ask in my name,
and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you.
For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me
and have come to believe that I came from God.
I came from the Father and have come into the world.
Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”


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“Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.” (John 16:23B-24)

REFLECTION
I remember wanting a lot of things when I was little. I would simply ask my parents to buy me new books or toys, or to take me and my siblings out to watch a movie. Most of the time they would grant these requests, but on some occassions, they would say no. I would get sad about it for a short while, but eventually move on.

Growing up, getting what I wanted seemed to become more difficult because of certain factors such as money, environment, and time. For example, given the situation that we are in right now, I want to finish my requirements for the semester as early as possible but I couldn’t because unfortunately, not all of my professors could be easily contacted.

There have also been moments wherein I would find myself waking up in the middle of the night and just cry. I would hope and pray to God for my wishes and dreams to come true, (don’t get me wrong, some of them do) but it was hard to accept that there were always those prayers that have been left unanswered.

The Gospel today reminded me that the Lord already knows of these things we want in life before we even ask Him. We may sometimes feel upset when we don’t receive them, but He is telling us that He has better plans for us and our future. As God is listening to our heart’s desires, we need only to trust in Him, in His will, and be open to receiving the joy that only He can provide.

Prayer
Father, to You I offer my life. Open my eyes and my heart to see the wonders of Your great love and great plan for me. Amen.

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