Carl Ortega, Little Whispers

Worrier To Warrior

First Reading
2 Kings 19:9B-11, 14-21, 31-35A, 36
Sennacherib, king of Assyria, sent envoys to Hezekiah
with this message:
“Thus shall you say to Hezekiah, king of Judah:
‘Do not let your God on whom you rely deceive you
by saying that Jerusalem will not be handed over
to the king of Assyria.
You have heard what the kings of Assyria have done
to all other countries: they doomed them!
Will you, then, be saved?’”

Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it;
then he went up to the temple of the LORD,
and spreading it out before him,
he prayed in the LORD’s presence:
“O LORD, God of Israel, enthroned upon the cherubim!
You alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth.
You have made the heavens and the earth.
Incline your ear, O LORD, and listen!
Open your eyes, O LORD, and see!
Hear the words of Sennacherib which he sent to taunt the living God.
Truly, O LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations
and their lands, and cast their gods into the fire;
they destroyed them because they were not gods,
but the work of human hands, wood and stone.
Therefore, O LORD, our God, save us from the power of this man,
that all the kingdoms of the earth may know
that you alone, O LORD, are God.”

Then Isaiah, son of Amoz, sent this message to Hezekiah:
“Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel,
in answer to your prayer for help against Sennacherib, king of Assyria:
I have listened!
This is the word the LORD has spoken concerning him:

“‘She despises you, laughs you to scorn,
the virgin daughter Zion!
Behind you she wags her head,
daughter Jerusalem.

“‘For out of Jerusalem shall come a remnant,
and from Mount Zion, survivors.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this.’

“Therefore, thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria:
‘He shall not reach this city, nor shoot an arrow at it,
nor come before it with a shield,
nor cast up siege-works against it.
He shall return by the same way he came,
without entering the city, says the LORD.
I will shield and save this city for my own sake,
and for the sake of my servant David.’”

That night the angel of the LORD went forth and struck down
one hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp.
So Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, broke camp,
and went back home to Nineveh.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 43:2-3AB, 3CD-4, 10-11
R. (see 9d) God upholds his city for ever.
Great is the LORD and wholly to be praised
in the city of our God.
His holy mountain, fairest of heights,
is the joy of all the earth.
R. God upholds his city for ever.
Mount Zion, “the recesses of the North,”
is the city of the great King.
God is with her castles;
renowned is he as a stronghold.
R. God upholds his city for ever.
O God, we ponder your mercy
within your temple.
As your name, O God, so also your praise
reaches to the ends of the earth.
Of justice your right hand is full.
R. God upholds his city for ever.

Gospel
Matthew 7:6, 12-14
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine,
lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.
This is the Law and the Prophets.

“Enter through the narrow gate;
for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction,
and those who enter through it are many.
How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.
And those who find it are few.”


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“He shall not reach this city, nor shoot an arrow at it, nor come before it with a shield, nor cast up siege-works against it. He shall return by the same way he came, without entering the city, says the LORD. I will shield and save this city for my own sake, and for the sake of my servant David.” (2 Kings 19:32-34)

REFLECTION
I think I’m the kind of person who doesn’t let stress stay for long in my body. I do not consider myself as a worrier and because of this, I have the tendency to feel no emotion at all as if everything is going to be smooth. For example, I don’t let exams be things I stress about. My mind says that everything will come to an end that’s why I know that exams will be over too. I would spend my days studying, still keeping a balance between my academic and social life.

However, I feel bad about feeling no worries at all. That’s why I come to pray to God to give me storms and to touch me in whatever way He wants. By doing this, I feel like I become more human. I realized that feeling nothing is also one way of God telling me to pray, and that He is just waiting. A way of telling me that He will protect me, always.

As for the pandemic that still continues to bring a huge change in the world, I never get too worried that I would catch the virus and I would say that it’s not because I don’t feel anything about it, but it’s because I have learned to trust everything to the Lord. I’ve put in my heart and mind that He would cover every family with his power and love. As His Word says, He will be our shield and He will never fail to be.

I pray the rosary with my family every night. We ask the Lord to stop this pandemic whenever He wants to or whenever its purpose had been served. I believe that praying every night has really helped us in keeping our faith and trust in God. 

I want to remind everyone that fear and challenges will always come. It’s a surprise that nobody likes. The real thing is not the fear or the challenge itself, but how we treat it with our never-ending faith and belief that God has been with us since the beginning. Like what God did to one hundred eighty five thousand men of Assyria, He will never let us and our homes be touched by these raging fears. He will always come to our rescue. As long as we continue to hold onto His promise and we make Him our source of life and happiness, no distress and anxiety will stay with us for too long because we have this armor that God has given us.

Reflection Song

Came to My Rescue by Hillsong UNITED

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