Little Whispers, Val Cruz

The Power of Patience

First Reading
2 Peter 3:12-15A, 17-18
Beloved:
Wait for and hasten the coming of the day of God,
because of which the heavens will be dissolved in flames
and the elements melted by fire.
But according to his promise
we await new heavens and a new earth
in which righteousness dwells.

Therefore, beloved, since you await these things,
be eager to be found without spot or blemish before him, at peace.
And consider the patience of our Lord as salvation.

Therefore, beloved, since you are forewarned,
be on your guard not to be led into the error of the unprincipled
and to fall from your own stability.
But grow in grace
and in the knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
To him be glory now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 90:2, 3-4, 10, 14 AND 16
R.    (1)  In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
Before the mountains were begotten
and the earth and the world were brought forth,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
R.    In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
You turn man back to dust,
saying, “Return, O children of men.”
For a thousand years in your sight
are as yesterday, now that it is past,
or as a watch of the night.
R.    In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
Seventy is the sum of our years,
or eighty, if we are strong,
And most of them are fruitless toil,
for they pass quickly and we drift away.
R.    In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
Fill us at daybreak with your kindness,
that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days.
Let your work be seen by your servants
and your glory by their children.
R.    In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.

Gospel
Mark 12:13-17
Some Pharisees and Herodians were sent
to Jesus to ensnare him in his speech.
They came and said to him,
“Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man
and that you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion.
You do not regard a person’s status
but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.
Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?
Should we pay or should we not pay?”
Knowing their hypocrisy he said to them,
“Why are you testing me?
Bring me a denarius to look at.”
They brought one to him and he said to them,
“Whose image and inscription is this?”
They replied to him, “Caesar’s.”
So Jesus said to them,
“Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
and to God what belongs to God.”
They were utterly amazed at him.


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“Therefore, beloved, since you await these things, be eager to be found without spot or blemish before him, at peace. And consider the patience of our Lord as salvation.” (2 Peter 3:14-15)

REFLECTION
What is your favorite holiday? I bet all of us would answer Christmas! It is the time of the year where houses are fully decorated and you can hear Christmas songs playing at the malls starting November. This season is always full of warmth, joy, and love which makes me look forward to it every year.

As a kid, I would always count down on how many days are left. My parents would ask me and my siblings what we want as gifts and they would buy it ahead of time. No matter how exciting it is to open these, it has been a tradition for us to wait until the 25th. Because of this, I learned that there is joy in waiting. It made me understand the value of patience and how to savor moments.

Just like in the readings, Jesus is inviting us to be patient. During this time, it may seem difficult to do but He is reminding us that waiting is a form of trusting. He is also reassuring us today that He is in control and is a God of promises. It may seem forever to wait but His plans are never delayed. Keep in mind that for Jesus, anything worth having is worth waiting for.

Reflection Song

In God We Trust by Hillsong Worship

Author

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