Andreus Cosio, Little Whispers

Power Of Prayer

First Reading
Col 2:6-15

Brothers and sisters:
As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him,
rooted in him and built upon him
and established in the faith as you were taught,
abounding in thanksgiving.
See to it that no one captivate you with an empty, seductive philosophy
according to the tradition of men,
according to the elemental powers of the world
and not according to Christ.

For in him dwells the whole fullness of the deity bodily,
and you share in this fullness in him,
who is the head of every principality and power.
In him you were also circumcised
with a circumcision not administered by hand,
by stripping off the carnal body, with the circumcision of Christ.
You were buried with him in baptism,
in which you were also raised with him
through faith in the power of God,
who raised him from the dead.
And even when you were dead in transgressions
and the uncircumcision of your flesh,
he brought you to life along with him,
having forgiven us all our transgressions;
obliterating the bond against us, with its legal claims,
which was opposed to us,
he also removed it from our midst, nailing it to the cross;
despoiling the principalities and the powers,
he made a public spectacle of them,
leading them away in triumph by it.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 145:1B-2, 8-9, 10-11
R. (9) The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.

I will extol you, O my God and King,
and I will bless your name forever and ever.
Every day will I bless you,
and I will praise your name forever and ever.
R. The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.
The LORD is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and of great kindness.
The LORD is good to all
and compassionate toward all his works.
R. The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
and speak of your might.
R. The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.

Gospel
Lk 6:12-19

Jesus departed to the mountain to pray,
and he spent the night in prayer to God.
When day came, he called his disciples to himself,
and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles:
Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew,
James, John, Philip, Bartholomew,
Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus,
Simon who was called a Zealot,
and Judas the son of James,
and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

And he came down with them and stood on a stretch of level ground.
A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people
from all Judea and Jerusalem
and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon
came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases;
and even those who were tormented by unclean spirits were cured.
Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him
because power came forth from him and healed them all.

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REFLECTION

“Jesus departed to the mountain to pray” – Luke 6:12

Our savior King, our redeemer, restorer, rebuilder, rewarder…God the Son, prayed to God the Father. There is power in prayer. Before Jesus appointed the twelve disciples, he prayed, he sought.

Just as we need oxygen to live, so does prayer. Without it, something inside of us dies. But why do we need to ask? Can’t our all-knowing God give us what we need?

I would like to share three things I learned in life about prayer:

Prayer builds focus – Positive thinking was invented not by man but by God when Jesus said “Ask and you SHALL receive, seek and you WILL find, knock and the door WILL BE opened”

Prayer builds relationship – God knows everything what we need even without asking, but He is a gentleman. When we pray He desires confession not information. It is more than asking but spending time with Him.  He wants to show Himself more in prayer. He is more concerned about the dreamer than the dream.

(Abba means Father , Daddy, Papa)

Prayer provides wisdom – lesson from my coach: Don’t make promises when happy, don’t reply when angry, and don’t make decisions when sad. FEEL+PRAY=WISDOM.

Jesus did not just taught us how to pray, he showed us to whom we pray. To a loving, smiling and caring Father in heaven. Our Daddy, who art in heaven…–Dreus Cosio (andreus.cosio@gmail.com)

Prayer

Here I am Lord, love me today. Amen.

Reflection Question

Are you aware of God’s presence in your life 24/7? That is the start of prayer.

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Andreus Cosio, Little Whispers

The F4 Surprise

First Reading
2 Sm 12:7-10, 13

Nathan said to David:
“Thus says the LORD God of Israel:
‘I anointed you king of Israel.
I rescued you from the hand of Saul.
I gave you your lord’s house and your lord’s wives for your own.
I gave you the house of Israel and of Judah.
And if this were not enough, I could count up for you still more.
Why have you spurned the Lord and done evil in his sight?
You have cut down Uriah the Hittite with the sword;
you took his wife as your own,
and him you killed with the sword of the Ammonites.
Now, therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house,
because you have despised me
and have taken the wife of Uriah to be your wife.’
Then David said to Nathan,
“I have sinned against the LORD.”
Nathan answered David:
“The LORD on his part has forgiven your sin:
you shall not die.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 32:1-2, 5, 7, 11 

R. (cf. 5c) Lord, forgive the wrong I have done.
Blessed is the one whose fault is taken away,
whose sin is covered.
Blessed the man to whom the LORD imputes not guilt,
in whose spirit there is no guile.
R. Lord, forgive the wrong I have done.
I acknowledged my sin to you,
my guilt I covered not.
I said, “I confess my faults to the LORD,”
and you took away the guilt of my sin.
R. Lord, forgive the wrong I have done.
You are my shelter; from distress you will preserve me;
with glad cries of freedom you will ring me round.
R. Lord, forgive the wrong I have done.
Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you just;
exult, all you upright of heart.
R. Lord, forgive the wrong I have done.

Second Reading
Gal 2:16, 19-21

Brothers and sisters:
We who know that a person is not justified by works of the law
but through faith in Jesus Christ,
even we have believed in Christ Jesus
that we may be justified by faith in Christ
and not by works of the law,
because by works of the law no one will be justified.
For through the law I died to the law,
that I might live for God.
I have been crucified with Christ;
yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me;
insofar as I now live in the flesh,
I live by faith in the Son of God
who has loved me and given himself up for me.
I do not nullify the grace of God;
for if justification comes through the law,
then Christ died for nothing.

Gospel
Lk 7:36—8:3

A Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him,
and he entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table.
Now there was a sinful woman in the city
who learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee.
Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment,
she stood behind him at his feet weeping
and began to bathe his feet with her tears.
Then she wiped them with her hair,
kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment.
When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this he said to himself,
“If this man were a prophet,
he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him,
that she is a sinner.”
Jesus said to him in reply,
“Simon, I have something to say to you.”
“Tell me, teacher, ” he said.
“Two people were in debt to a certain creditor;
one owed five hundred days’ wages and the other owed fifty.
Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both.
Which of them will love him more?”
Simon said in reply,
“The one, I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven.”
He said to him, “You have judged rightly.”

Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon,
“Do you see this woman?
When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet,
but she has bathed them with her tears
and wiped them with her hair.
You did not give me a kiss,
but she has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered.
You did not anoint my head with oil,
but she anointed my feet with ointment.
So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven
because she has shown great love.
But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”
He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
The others at table said to themselves,
“Who is this who even forgives sins?”
But he said to the woman,
“Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Afterward he journeyed from one town and village to another,
preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God.
Accompanying him were the Twelve
and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities,
Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,
Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza,
Susanna, and many others who provided for them
out of their resources.

Or
Lk 7:36-50

A Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him,
and he entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table.
Now there was a sinful woman in the city
who learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee.
Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment,
she stood behind him at his feet weeping
and began to bathe his feet with her tears.
Then she wiped them with her hair,
kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment.
When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this he said to himself,
“If this man were a prophet,
he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him,
that she is a sinner.”
Jesus said to him in reply,
“Simon, I have something to say to you.”
“Tell me, teacher, ” he said.
“Two people were in debt to a certain creditor;
one owed five hundred day’s wages and the other owed fifty.
Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both.
Which of them will love him more?”
Simon said in reply,
“The one, I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven.”
He said to him, “You have judged rightly.”

Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon,
“Do you see this woman?
When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet,
but she has bathed them with her tears
and wiped them with her hair.
You did not give me a kiss,
but she has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered.
You did not anoint my head with oil,
but she anointed my feet with ointment.
So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven
because she has shown great love.
But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”
He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
The others at table said to themselves,
“Who is this who even forgives sins?”
But he said to the woman,
“Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
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REFLECTION

“The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.” 2 Sm 12:13

There was a time when a Taiwanese group known as the “F4” became so popular. My Sister and Mom borrowed a 24 disc series, just to watch the marathon at home and catch up with the T.V. replays. They were so into it that they were watching from afternoon until 1am.

Tasked to replace the cd after every episode, I did this crazy, momentum breaker thing. Instead of playing cd no.12, I inserted and played the last episode to show how it will end! You can hear them shouting from their lungs “Stop it! Stop it! We don’t want to see the ending yet!” so I laughed and reasoned that “at least you know that even there is conflict, in the end, everything will be ok.”

Ok, it’s not a good joke, but in reality, knowing the end result matters to us. What if you knew that despite your weaknesses, God prepared a place for you in heaven? Today’s readings keep on reminding us that we are forgiven, we are loved. It was given even before you were born, as a gift and not a reward. Jesus died on the cross so that we may live and not die.

Living in this truth is enough to draw us closer to His ways, teachings and love. No wonder that in the gospel, the woman followed Jesus after hearing the words “your sins are forgiven”.   – Dreus (andreus.cosio@gmail.com)

PRAYER

May I live life to the fullest, knowing and serving the Lord. Amen.

REFLECTION QUESTION

Did you accept God’s forgiveness lately? What did it made you?

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God’s Priority

First Reading
Prv 8:22-31

Thus says the wisdom of God:
“The LORD possessed me, the beginning of his ways,
the forerunner of his prodigies of long ago;
from of old I was poured forth,
at the first, before the earth.
When there were no depths I was brought forth,
when there were no fountains or springs of water;
before the mountains were settled into place,
before the hills, I was brought forth;
while as yet the earth and fields were not made,
nor the first clods of the world.

“When the Lord established the heavens I was there,
when he marked out the vault over the face of the deep;
when he made firm the skies above,
when he fixed fast the foundations of the earth;
when he set for the sea its limit,
so that the waters should not transgress his command;
then was I beside him as his craftsman,
and I was his delight day by day,
playing before him all the while,
playing on the surface of his earth;
and I found delight in the human race.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
R. (2a) O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!

When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars which you set in place —
What is man that you should be mindful of him,
or the son of man that you should care for him?
R. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
You have made him little less than the angels,
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him rule over the works of your hands,
putting all things under his feet:
R. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
All sheep and oxen,
yes, and the beasts of the field,
The birds of the air, the fishes of the sea,
and whatever swims the paths of the seas.
R. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!

Second Reading
Rom 5:1-5

Brothers and sisters:
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have gained access by faith
to this grace in which we stand,
and we boast in hope of the glory of God.
Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions,
knowing that affliction produces endurance,
and endurance, proven character,
and proven character, hope,
and hope does not disappoint,
because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Gospel
Jn 16:12-15

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
But when he comes, the Spirit of truth,
he will guide you to all truth.
He will not speak on his own,
but he will speak what he hears,
and will declare to you the things that are coming.
He will glorify me,
because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
Everything that the Father has is mine;
for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine
and declare it to you.”

 

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REFLECTION

 “but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope” Rom 5: 3-4

I remember this internet story about a man to whom Jesus appeared while inside his room. Jesus placed a big rock and gave him a task “Every day, I ask that you push this rock”, sounds easy, the man replied “sure!”

So every day, the man pushed and tried to move the rock. Days, weeks, months and years passed by but the big rock was still in its place. After years and years of trying, the man became frustrated and complained to Jesus “My Lord, I used all my strength, strategy and spirit to push this rock, but it seems impossible to move it. See, it is still in its place”, Jesus smiled and said “My Child, remember that I only asked you to push this rock, never did I expect you to move it. See that over the years, your hands, arms and muscles grew big, hard and strong, allowing you to lift heavy stuffs.”

In life, sufferings can be your friend or your foe; it can put you down or push you up. But one thing’s for sure. God’s priority is the dreamer and not the dream. What matters to him is the person you will become as you reach your dreams. So continue pushing, continue praying. The real miracle is you will turn out to be more loving, even before you achieve your dreams. – Dreus Cosio (andreus.cosio@gmail.com)

 

PRAYER

Lord, may I learn to embrace life struggles as stepping stones towards my dreams. May I be the person you want me to be. Amen.

REFLECTION QUESTION

What are your current struggles teaching you?

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My Calling

First Reading
Acts 14:5-18

There was an attempt in Iconium
by both the Gentiles and the Jews,
together with their leaders,
to attack and stone Paul and Barnabas.
They realized it,
and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe
and to the surrounding countryside,
where they continued to proclaim the Good News.

At Lystra there was a crippled man, lame from birth,
who had never walked.
He listened to Paul speaking, who looked intently at him,
saw that he had the faith to be healed,
and called out in a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet.”
He jumped up and began to walk about.
When the crowds saw what Paul had done,
they cried out in Lycaonian,
“The gods have come down to us in human form.”
They called Barnabas “Zeus” and Paul “Hermes,”
because he was the chief speaker.
And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was at the entrance to the city,
brought oxen and garlands to the gates,
for he together with the people intended to offer sacrifice.

The Apostles Barnabas and Paul tore their garments
when they heard this and rushed out into the crowd, shouting,
“Men, why are you doing this?
We are of the same nature as you, human beings.
We proclaim to you good news
that you should turn from these idols to the living God,
who made heaven and earth and sea and all that is in them.
In past generations he allowed all Gentiles to go their own ways;
yet, in bestowing his goodness,
he did not leave himself without witness,
for he gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons,
and filled you with nourishment and gladness for your hearts.”
Even with these words, they scarcely restrained the crowds
from offering sacrifice to them.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 115:1-2, 3-4, 15-16
R. (1ab) Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.

Not to us, O LORD, not to us
but to your name give glory
because of your mercy, because of your truth.
Why should the pagans say,
“Where is their God?”
R. Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.
Our God is in heaven;
whatever he wills, he does.
Their idols are silver and gold,
the handiwork of men.
R. Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.
May you be blessed by the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
Heaven is the heaven of the LORD,
but the earth he has given to the children of men.
R. Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.

Gospel
Jn 14:21-26

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Whoever has my commandments and observes them
is the one who loves me.
Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”
Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him,
“Master, then what happened that you will reveal yourself to us
and not to the world?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
Whoever does not love me does not keep my words;
yet the word you hear is not mine
but that of the Father who sent me.

“I have told you this while I am with you.
The Advocate, the Holy Spirit
whom the Father will send in my name–
he will teach you everything
and remind you of all that I told you.”

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REFLECTION

“Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.” John 14:23

Many people think that to be holy is to be corny. That being in Christ is defined as raising hands in worship, memorizing Bible verses, dressing in white, walking with your knees inside the school hallway, lifting your Bible inside the mall, placing it in front of someone’s face and speaking in a very low voice… “Pray”.

They say it’s wise to learn from your mistakes but wiser to learn from other people’s mistakes, because you will have the idea which road to go or not to go. In my entire life of ministry work, never have I heard a real happy person sharing “I’m happy that I’m into drugs” or “I’m happy I didn’t finish school because of vices, early pregnancy or being sent to jail” all of them, shares the same thing… “I’m happy when I learned that Christ loves me, and that following His ways gives me peace despite of challenges”.

Friends, in following God, we always ask what our true calling is, and get lost in trying to save the entire world. Where you are is God’s calling for you at the moment. Are you a son? Then be a son. Are you a student? Then be a student. Are you a parent? Then be a parent. Are you a brother, a friend an employee? Then be one. And do it with great love. God’s law is Love. Remember it is He who loved us first. – Dreus Cosio (andreus.cosio@gmail.com)

PRAYER
Lord whatever is in my hands right now, wherever I am, I pray that I may do things with great love, following your ways. Amen

REFLECTION
What is your calling at the moment?

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Andreus Cosio, Little Whispers

Class President

First Reading
Jer 17: 5-10

Thus says the LORD:
Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings,
who seeks his strength in flesh,
whose heart turns away from the LORD.
He is like a barren bush in the desert
that enjoys no change of season,
But stands in a lava waste,
a salt and empty earth.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose hope is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted beside the waters
that stretches out its roots to the stream:
It fears not the heat when it comes,
its leaves stay green;
In the year of drought it shows no distress,
but still bears fruit.
More tortuous than all else is the human heart,
beyond remedy; who can understand it?
I, the LORD, alone probe the mind
and test the heart,
To reward everyone according to his ways,
according to the merit of his deeds.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 1:1-4, 6

R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Not so, the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

Gospel
Lk 16:19-31

Jesus said to the Pharisees:
“There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen
and dined sumptuously each day.
And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores,
who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps
that fell from the rich man’s table.
Dogs even used to come and lick his sores.
When the poor man died,
he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham.
The rich man also died and was buried,
and from the netherworld, where he was in torment,
he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off
and Lazarus at his side.
And he cried out, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me.
Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue,
for I am suffering torment in these flames.’
Abraham replied, ‘My child,
remember that you received what was good during your lifetime
while Lazarus likewise received what was bad;
but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented.
Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established
to prevent anyone from crossing
who might wish to go from our side to yours
or from your side to ours.’
He said, ‘Then I beg you, father, send him
to my father’s house,
for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them,
lest they too come to this place of torment.’
But Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets.
Let them listen to them.’
He said, ‘Oh no, father Abraham,
but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
Then Abraham said,
‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets,
neither will they be persuaded
if someone should rise from the dead.’“

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REFLECTION

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.” Jeremiah 17:7

I was one of the most confident second grade students in my time. In fact, when the teacher asked “Who wants to nominate for class president?” I raised my hand and said “Andreus Cosio.” I thought “who wants to nominate” meant “who wants to run for president.” But still, I won!

But one day while listing all the noisy students on the board, the class bully demanded that his name be erased from the list. I stood by my decision and as expected, he approached and gestured to hurt me with a pen in his hand. Before this cute, fragile and thin class president got hurt, one classmate jumped from his seat, punched and pushed the bully away and said, “Don’t you dare touch our class president!” If only you saw the way I walked after that incident.

What’s keeping you down? Prayers waiting for answers, family concerns, addictions, problems? My friend, God does the same, more than we can ever imagine. Everyday God defends us from problems that He knows we cannot handle. He tells them to back off and allow enough struggles that will help you to be a great person.

When God allows problems, He gives the solution. Trust in the Lord, use Christ’s confidence. All is well. – Dreus Cosio (andreus.cosio@gmail.com)

PRAYER
Lord Jesus, I will smile and know that it’s going to be a great day. I put my trust in you.

REFLECTION QUESTION
When faced with difficulties, am I using my own confidence or Christ’s confidence? You will know the answer not by the result but by the action.

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