Angela Quinto, Little Whispers

More Than Words

First Reading
2 Kings 24:8-17
Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to reign,
and he reigned three months in Jerusalem.
His mother’s name was Nehushta,
daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem.
He did evil in the sight of the LORD,
just as his forebears had done.

At that time the officials of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon,
attacked Jerusalem, and the city came under siege.
Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon,
himself arrived at the city
while his servants were besieging it.
Then Jehoiachin, king of Judah, together with his mother,
his ministers, officers, and functionaries,
surrendered to the king of Babylon, who,
in the eighth year of his reign, took him captive.
And he carried off all the treasures
of the temple of the LORD and those of the palace,
and broke up all the gold utensils that Solomon, king of Israel,
had provided in the temple of the LORD, as the LORD had foretold.
He deported all Jerusalem:
all the officers and men of the army, ten thousand in number,
and all the craftsmen and smiths.
None were left among the people of the land except the poor.
He deported Jehoiachin to Babylon,
and also led captive from Jerusalem to Babylon
the king’s mother and wives,
his functionaries, and the chief men of the land.
The king of Babylon also led captive to Babylon
all seven thousand men of the army,
and a thousand craftsmen and smiths,
all of them trained soldiers.
In place of Jehoiachin,
the king of Babylon appointed his uncle Mattaniah king,
and changed his name to Zedekiah.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 79:1B-2, 3-5, 8, 9
R. (9) For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
O God, the nations have come into your inheritance;
they have defiled your holy temple,
they have laid Jerusalem in ruins.
They have given the corpses of your servants
as food to the birds of heaven,
the flesh of your faithful ones to the beasts of the earth.
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
They have poured out their blood like water
round about Jerusalem,
and there is no one to bury them.
We have become the reproach of our neighbors,
the scorn and derision of those around us.
O LORD, how long? Will you be angry forever?
Will your jealousy burn like fire?
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
Remember not against us the iniquities of the past;
may your compassion quickly come to us,
for we are brought very low.
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
Help us, O God our savior,
because of the glory of your name;
Deliver us and pardon our sins
for your name’s sake.
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.

Gospel
Matthew 7:21-29
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’
will enter the Kingdom of heaven,
but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.
Many will say to me on that day,
‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name?
Did we not drive out demons in your name?
Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’
Then I will declare to them solemnly,
‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them
will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.
The rain fell, the floods came,
and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.
And everyone who listens to these words of mine
but does not act on them
will be like a fool who built his house on sand.
The rain fell, the floods came,
and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”

When Jesus finished these words,
the crowds were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority,
and not as their scribes.


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REFLECTION
In the gospel, Jesus told His disciples how critical it was to apply His teachings in their actions. We call ourselves followers of Christ, but some of us just listen to His words. There’s this old Filipino saying that is extremely relevant to the Gospel—“Pasok sa isang tenga, labas sa kabila.” (“In one ear, but out the other.”). Jesus stated that His words are just a guide for us. It is up to us how we would understand and absorb His teachings then eventually apply it to our actions. His example in the Gospel was a house built on a rock and the other on sand. Those who have a solid foundation would be welcomed in heaven and those whose foundation were sand would be unknown to Jesus.

I’ve been watching the show “The Good Place” lately and I realized how frivolous it was to do deeds out of morally corrupt intentions. It doesn’t matter how many people you helped if your intentions weren’t pure. Our lives may be mundane at times, but what truly matters is how we build our foundation.

You could be rich and help a million people in the world or you could be poor and help one person in your life. As long as your intentions are pure and from your heart, these actions are equal and are both forming a solid rock foundation for us. However, if we help others just because we feel “morally responsible” or Heaven is our reward then our foundation is loose and weak like sand because this isn’t really what Jesus is teaching us. So we must look within ourselves if we truly understood what Jesus was saying all throughout the bible. We shouldn’t do good because we are obliged to do so rather, we should do good because we are good.

Our foundation is a reflection of our actions.

Reflection Song

Build My Life by Housefires

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