Little Whispers, Luke Miranda

Uncertain Futures; One God

First Reading
Amos 3:1-8; 4:11-12
Hear this word, O children of Israel, that the LORD pronounces over you,
over the whole family that I brought up from the land of Egypt:

You alone have I favored,
more than all the families of the earth;
Therefore I will punish you
for all your crimes.

Do two walk together
unless they have agreed?
Does a lion roar in the forest
when it has no prey?
Does a young lion cry out from its den
unless it has seized something?
Is a bird brought to earth by a snare
when there is no lure for it?
Does a snare spring up from the ground
without catching anything?
If the trumpet sounds in a city,
will the people not be frightened?
If evil befalls a city,
has not the LORD caused it?
Indeed, the Lord GOD does nothing
without revealing his plan
to his servants, the prophets.

The lion roars–
who will not be afraid!
The Lord GOD speaks–
who will not prophesy!

I brought upon you such upheaval
as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah:
you were like a brand plucked from the fire;
Yet you returned not to me,
says the LORD.

So now I will deal with you in my own way, O Israel!
and since I will deal thus with you,
prepare to meet your God, O Israel.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 5:4B-6A, 6B-7, 8
R.    (9a)  Lead me in your justice, Lord.
At dawn I bring my plea expectantly before you.
For you, O God, delight not in wickedness;
no evil man remains with you;
the arrogant may not stand in your sight.
R.    Lead me in your justice, Lord.
You hate all evildoers;
you destroy all who speak falsehood;
The bloodthirsty and the deceitful
the LORD abhors.
R.    Lead me in your justice, Lord.
But I, because of your abundant mercy,
will enter your house;
I will worship at your holy temple
in fear of you, O LORD.
R.    Lead me in your justice, Lord.

Gospel
Matthew 8:23-27
As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him.
Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea,
so that the boat was being swamped by waves;
but he was asleep.
They came and woke him, saying,
“Lord, save us!  We are perishing!”
He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?”
Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea,
and there was great calm.
The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this,
whom even the winds and the sea obey?”


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“What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?” (Matthew 8:27)

REFLECTION
I’m known as the smart kid in the family—being the most adept with modern technology, the biggest nerd, and also objectively has the highest grades. I am somewhat proud of these achievements, but it wasn’t always like this.

Back when I was graduating grade school I was very uncertain about my future since I had already grown fond of my old school and to switch schools felt extremely scary. I actually, at one point, wanted to object going to my current school because I thought that I couldn’t handle it. I didn’t, however, since I knew that it would help with our finances. My first year was my biggest struggle as I had to change my lifestyle, sleep schedule, and study habits. Halfway through, I thought about leaving since I couldn’t take it. Turned out was wrong because by the end of the school year I received an award.

Looking back, I know I shouldn’t have been worried in any way. In the heat of the moment, I always thought of giving up and losing faith. I always asked why God wasn’t there, even though He really was with me. I’m realizing now that Jesus is not there to carry us through our storms but to give us strength so we can get through them together.

Nowadays, it may appear like all hope is lost since 2020 feels like the end of the world. After every problem sprouts a new one and it just seems to get worse and worse. All of these problems make you just want to quit and give up, but just like I didn’t give up halfway through my first year in high school, I’m sure that I’m not giving up halfway through this year. This is because I learned that Jesus is always there for us. His Presence never leaves us. We just need to have faith and hold on to that faith for as long as we can, for He will never leave us during our darkest moments.

Reflection Song

When The Fight Calls by Hillsong Young & Free

Author

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