Diego Reyes, Little Whispers

The Why

First Reading
2 Timothy 2:8-15
Beloved:
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David:
such is my Gospel, for which I am suffering,
even to the point of chains, like a criminal.
But the word of God is not chained.
Therefore, I bear with everything for the sake of those who are chosen,
so that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus,
together with eternal glory.
This saying is trustworthy:

If we have died with him
we shall also live with him;
if we persevere
we shall also reign with him.
But if we deny him
he will deny us.
If we are unfaithful
he remains faithful,
for he cannot deny himself.

Remind people of these things
and charge them before God to stop disputing about words.
This serves no useful purpose since it harms those who listen.
Be eager to present yourself as acceptable to God,
a workman who causes no disgrace,
imparting the word of truth without deviation.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 25:4-5AB, 8-9, 10 AND 14
R.    (4)  Teach me your ways, O Lord.
Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior.
R.    Teach me your ways, O Lord.
Good and upright is the LORD;
thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice,
he teaches the humble his way.
R.    Teach me your ways, O Lord.
All the paths of the LORD are kindness and constancy
toward those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
The friendship of the LORD is with those who fear him,
and his covenant, for their instruction.
R.    Teach me your ways, O Lord.

Gospel
Mark 12:28-34
One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him,
“Which is the first of all the commandments?”
Jesus replied, “The first is this:
Hear, O Israel!
The Lord our God is Lord alone!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind,
and with all your strength.
The second is this:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

There is no other commandment greater than these.”
The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher.
You are right in saying,
He is One and there is no other than he.
And to love him with all your heart,
with all your understanding,
with all your strength,
and to love your neighbor as yourself

is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding,
he said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.”
And no one dared to ask him any more questions.


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The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:31)

REFLECTION
As a long-time member of the BLD Youth Ministry, serving the Lord through the various events of the ministry has become second nature to me. Whenever they need someone to pray or to write or to carry something, I have always tried to be available to serve. 

However, last year, there came a time where I became dry, and I felt that service was no longer fulfilling. I searched for meaning that I could not find anywhere anymore. I was serving just for the sake of serving, and I did not care anymore about my service—I only cared that I served. 

I got tired easily because I no longer had the why to my service. Jesus, indeed, works in very mysterious ways. I was the outgoing shepherd for the YE weekend last year, which meant I had extra responsibilities and tasks. On the verge of crying because of exhaustion, my partner shepherd approached me and hugged me. She asked if I was okay, and if I needed to rest. In that moment, in my anxious and tired heart, God showed me that I was part of a church, a community of friends and believers! 

This is what Jesus is telling us today—YOU ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR COMMUNITY. Whatever you are doing, whatever talent He has given you, you are important… and you are loved! You are part of a church that believes and loves you, so that in turn you may believe and love the people around you.

He believes in what you can do—believe in yourself too!

Prayer
Lord, I know the talents and skills you have given me. May I use this in service of the church and my community. Amen.

Author

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