Joshua Hernandez, Little Whispers

Faith Ka Lang Diyan

First Reading
Exodus 34:4B-6, 8-9
Early in the morning Moses went up Mount Sinai
as the LORD had commanded him,
taking along the two stone tablets.

Having come down in a cloud, the LORD stood with Moses there
and proclaimed his name, “LORD.”
Thus the LORD passed before him and cried out,
“The LORD, the LORD, a merciful and gracious God,
slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity.”
Moses at once bowed down to the ground in worship.
Then he said, “If I find favor with you, O Lord,
do come along in our company.
This is indeed a stiff-necked people; yet pardon our wickedness and sins,
and receive us as your own.”

Responsorial Psalm
Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56
R. (52b) Glory and praise for ever!
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever;
And blessed is your holy and glorious name,
praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages.
R. Glory and praise for ever!
Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory,
praiseworthy and glorious above all forever.
R. Glory and praise for ever!
Blessed are you on the throne of your kingdom,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.
R. Glory and praise for ever!
Blessed are you who look into the depths
from your throne upon the cherubim,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.
R. Glory and praise for ever!

Second Reading
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Brothers and sisters, rejoice.
Mend your ways, encourage one another,
agree with one another, live in peace,
and the God of love and peace will be with you.
Greet one another with a holy kiss.
All the holy ones greet you.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ
and the love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

John 3:16-18
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,
but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,
because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

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Mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you. (2 Corinthians 13:11)

Today, we are still in the same condition as we were on the fifteenth of March this year. 85 days of locking ourselves in our homes. Personally, it is quite unbelievable that the country has not progressed significantly in terms of lowering the number of COVID-19 cases, so we still quarantine ourselves from everyone.

It makes me feel such pain that I wasn’t able to graduate and enjoy a five-month summer, although I know that it is for our safety. Everyday, I just try to do something fun and lead myself to a positive day.  I try my best to comply with the rules of the quarantine and be safe.

We all just want to live in peace and get to that day where we all just go out and enjoy the fresh air amongst our friends and families. I imagine a future where Katipunan Avenue is filled with people and just rejoice that all the social distancing and self-isolation is over. Yes, we’re still at the lockdown phase and we have to be patient.

My quarantine has been okay regardless of the issues currently happening. I managed to grow in all aspects of my life. I became more mature, healthier, and fulfilled my first dream job. I strengthened my relationships with my family and friends even if we’re far apart. We get to talk more through social media and see how people perceive the current issues and all. These things I learned and achieved during quarantine all lead to the reading I want to put emphasis on.

Friends, let us encourage one another to stay positive and be better. Also, let us live in peace by staying at home for safety. By doing these, it will come along with the love and peace of God through the friends and family around us. I want to end by saying that in life, the darkest times lead to the brightest futures.

Lord, it has been 85 days and yet I am still here. I know that you have plans for us and you continue leading us to the right path. I surrender all my faith and trust to You. I pray that one day we get to the end of this pandemic and see how much worth it was to keep everyone safe. Amen.



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