Diego Reyes, Little Whispers

Game Over

First Reading
2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16A
One day Elisha came to Shunem,
where there was a woman of influence, who urged him to dine with her.
Afterward, whenever he passed by, he used to stop there to dine.
So she said to her husband, “I know that Elisha is a holy man of God.
Since he visits us often, let us arrange a little room on the roof
and furnish it for him with a bed, table, chair, and lamp,
so that when he comes to us he can stay there.”
Sometime later Elisha arrived and stayed in the room overnight.

Later Elisha asked, “Can something be done for her?”
His servant Gehazi answered, “Yes!
She has no son, and her husband is getting on in years.”
Elisha said, “Call her.”
When the woman had been called and stood at the door,
Elisha promised, “This time next year
you will be fondling a baby son.”

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 89:2-3, 16-17, 18-19
R. (2a) For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
The promises of the LORD I will sing forever,
through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.
For you have said, “My kindness is established forever;”
in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
Blessed the people who know the joyful shout;
in the light of your countenance, O LORD, they walk.
At your name they rejoice all the day,
and through your justice they are exalted.
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
You are the splendor of their strength,
and by your favor our horn is exalted.
For to the LORD belongs our shield,
and the Holy One of Israel, our king.
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

Second Reading
Romans 6:3-4, 8-11
Brothers and sisters:
Are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus
were baptized into his death?
We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death,
so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead
by the glory of the Father,
we too might live in newness of life.

If, then, we have died with Christ,
we believe that we shall also live with him.
We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more;
death no longer has power over him.
As to his death, he died to sin once and for all;
as to his life, he lives for God.
Consequently, you too must think of yourselves as dead to sin
and living for God in Christ Jesus.

Gospel
Matthew 10:37-42
Jesus said to his apostles:
“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me,
and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;
and whoever does not take up his cross
and follow after me is not worthy of me.
Whoever finds his life will lose it,
and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

“Whoever receives you receives me,
and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.
Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet
will receive a prophet’s reward,
and whoever receives a righteous man
because he is a righteous man
will receive a righteous man’s reward.
And whoever gives only a cup of cold water
to one of these little ones to drink
because the little one is a disciple—
amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.”


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“… just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4)

REFLECTION
Anyone who knows me knows that my passion is video games. I play them all the time, and they have become an important part of who I am and what I do.

My love for video games started when I was 9 years old, when my parents bought me a PSP for my birthday! Unlike now where I would spend a lot of time learning a game, nine-year-old me would just load up the game and not care about the mechanics at all—I’ll start getting into the action without ever learning about the controls or how things work in that game!

I remembered playing a game that revolved around a party of adventurers off to save the world from evil. I loved that game and I thought I was doing a rather good job at it, however there was one thing I didn’t know while I was playing it. Every time I lost a battle, I thought that I had no chance to go back and fix my mistake, so I would start from the beginning! After all, the words GAME OVER would flash on the screen, so I thought the game was truly over and my only choice was to restart. 

Fortunately, in real life, there is no GAME OVER! Whenever we feel drained or overwhelmed by our past mistakes, Jesus reminds us that in his power, no sin can ever prevent us from starting anew. If He raised Himself up from the grave, He can surely raise us up from the dark. 

So, if you feel burdened by your past or you feel like it is already game over for you, always turn to the strength of Jesus’ unending mercy and unyielding love, and you will find the fresh start you have been looking for.

Prayer
Jesus, I feel burdened over my past. It has been long and tiring, but I know that rest is within You. Allow me to rest in Your arms and let me feel Your love in my life. Amen.

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