Little Whispers, Paul Habitan

It Starts With You

First Reading
1 Kings 17:7-16
The brook near where Elijah was hiding ran dry,
because no rain had fallen in the land.
So the LORD said to Elijah:
“Move on to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there.
I have designated a widow there to provide for you.”
He left and went to Zarephath.
As he arrived at the entrance of the city,
a widow was gathering sticks there; he called out to her,
“Please bring me a small cupful of water to drink.”
She left to get it, and he called out after her,
“Please bring along a bit of bread.”
She answered, “As the LORD, your God, lives,
I have nothing baked;
there is only a handful of flour in my jar
and a little oil in my jug.
Just now I was collecting a couple of sticks,
to go in and prepare something for myself and my son;
when we have eaten it, we shall die.”
Elijah said to her, “Do not be afraid.
Go and do as you propose.
But first make me a little cake and bring it to me.
Then you can prepare something for yourself and your son.
For the LORD, the God of Israel, says,
‘The jar of flour shall not go empty,
nor the jug of oil run dry,
until the day when the LORD sends rain upon the earth.’”
She left and did as Elijah had said.
She was able to eat for a year, and Elijah and her son as well;
the jar of flour did not go empty,
nor the jug of oil run dry,
as the LORD had foretold through Elijah.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 4:2-3, 4-5, 7B-8

R. (7a) Lord, let your face shine on us.
When I call, answer me, O my just God,
you who relieve me when I am in distress;
Have pity on me, and hear my prayer!
Men of rank, how long will you be dull of heart?
Why do you love what is vain and seek after falsehood?
R. Lord, let your face shine on us.
Know that the LORD does wonders for his faithful one;
the LORD will hear me when I call upon him.
Tremble, and sin not;
reflect, upon your beds, in silence.
R. Lord, let your face shine on us.
O LORD, let the light of your countenance shine upon us!
You put gladness into my heart,
more than when grain and wine abound.
R. Lord, let your face shine on us.

Matthew 5:13-16
Jesus said to his disciples:
“You are the salt of the earth.
But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?
It is no longer good for anything
but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
You are the light of the world.
A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.
Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket;
it is set on a lampstand,
where it gives light to all in the house.
Just so, your light must shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds
and glorify your heavenly Father.”

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“You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.” (Matthew 5:13-14)

It’s been 4 months since a tragic event took Kobe Bryant’s life. The whole world was in shock, not just basketball fans but the people who admire him outside basketball too. It was a sudden death that made us feel emotional.

The late Kobe Bryant has been influential in the world of basketball. He was a part of growing up at my age with most of the sport fan and had a great impact. I was a Celtics fan when they had to face Kobe and the Lakers in the NBA finals twice. I hated the fact that Kobe was strong and hardworking—beating the Celtics in NBA finals. Kobe was an outstanding basketball player.

He’s known to be great in every aspect of his life. Kobe’s work ethic is inspiring athletes, to work harder and to be greater. He was remembered the best person that he could ever be in sports, in work, as a father and a husband. I had the chance to know him more and it inspired me to be great at what I do.

Friends, the Gospel is reminding us to be the salt and light to the people around us. Being a follower of Christ is tough especially in this worldly and innovative life. But being Jesus-like influences the people around you. A peace that you want, a love that you want to receive, a happiness that you want to experience starts within yourself by immersing to the Christian life. 

Just like the inspiring Kobe, He wants you to be Jesus-like so that the people around you will be influenced and make Jesus known. By living a Christian life, you are allowing yourself to be used by God—changing the lives of the people around you by glorifying Him and following Him.

Father God, help me to be the salt and light in this life. Use me as an instrument of your love and peace so that You would be known through me. In Jesus name, Amen.



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