Little Whispers, Martina De Guzman

Second Chances

First Reading
Acts 28:16-20, 30-31
When he entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself,
with the soldier who was guarding him.

Three days later he called together the leaders of the Jews.
When they had gathered he said to them, “My brothers,
although I had done nothing against our people
or our ancestral customs,
I was handed over to the Romans as a prisoner from Jerusalem.
After trying my case the Romans wanted to release me,
because they found nothing against me deserving the death penalty.
But when the Jews objected, I was obliged to appeal to Caesar,
even though I had no accusation to make against my own nation.
This is the reason, then, I have requested to see you
and to speak with you, for it is on account of the hope of Israel
that I wear these chains.”

He remained for two full years in his lodgings.
He received all who came to him, and with complete assurance
and without hindrance he proclaimed the Kingdom of God
and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 11:4, 5 AND 7
R.    (see 7b)  The just will gaze on your face, O Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
The LORD is in his holy temple;
the LORD’s throne is in heaven.
His eyes behold,
his searching glance is on mankind.
R.    The just will gaze on your face, O Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
The LORD searches the just and the wicked;
the lover of violence he hates.
For the LORD is just, he loves just deeds;
the upright shall see his face.
R.    The just will gaze on your face, O Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.

Gospel
John 21:20-25
Peter turned and saw the disciple following whom Jesus loved,
the one who had also reclined upon his chest during the supper
and had said, “Master, who is the one who will betray you?”
When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?”
Jesus said to him, “What if I want him to remain until I come?
What concern is it of yours?
You follow me.”
So the word spread among the brothers that that disciple would not die.
But Jesus had not told him that he would not die,
just “What if I want him to remain until I come?
What concern is it of yours?”

It is this disciple who testifies to these things
and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true.
There are also many other things that Jesus did,
but if these were to be described individually,
I do not think the whole world would contain the books
that would be written.


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REFLECTION
Today’s gospel made me remember one of the biggest lessons I have learned in my life so far, which is that everyone deserves a chance. I’m not sure, but while I was reading the gospel over and over again that is what popped up first in my mind—that even there is someone who may betray Him, He still chose to give him a chance.

I remember all the times I gave chances to people, not just second chances, but third and sometimes even more. It is hard for most to give chances to people especially when they get hurt so badly, but for me? I choose to give them the chance they deserve because we are all human beings and we all make mistakes. I do my best to always see the best in people even if it may seem hard. I will always do my best to do so just like how He does.

Jesus chose to give the disciple a chance. He decided to keep leading all His disciples to the right path with someone who may betray Him. He decided to tell the others that he will not die. He told them “What if I want him to remain until I come? What concern is it of yours?” This only shows that “he may be a speedbump for me, but it doesn’t mean the same for you.” It shows that there is hope for everyone, just like Paul.

Reflection Song

With Everything by Hillsong UNITED

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