Bea Borromeo, Little Whispers

Self-care

First Reading
2 Maccabees 6:18-31

Eleazar, one of the foremost scribes,
a man of advanced age and noble appearance,
was being forced to open his mouth to eat pork.
But preferring a glorious death to a life of defilement,
he spat out the meat,
and went forward of his own accord to the instrument of torture,
as people ought to do who have the courage to reject the food
which it is unlawful to taste even for love of life.
Those in charge of that unlawful ritual meal took the man aside privately,
because of their long acquaintance with him,
and urged him to bring meat of his own providing,
such as he could legitimately eat,
and to pretend to be eating some of the meat of the sacrifice
prescribed by the king;
in this way he would escape the death penalty,
and be treated kindly because of their old friendship with him.
But Eleazar made up his mind in a noble manner,
worthy of his years, the dignity of his advanced age,
the merited distinction of his gray hair,
and of the admirable life he had lived from childhood;
and so he declared that above all
he would be loyal to the holy laws given by God.

He told them to send him at once
to the abode of the dead, explaining:
“At our age it would be unbecoming to make such a pretense;
many young people would think the ninety-year-old Eleazar
had gone over to an alien religion.
Should I thus pretend for the sake of a brief moment of life,
they would be led astray by me,
while I would bring shame and dishonor on my old age.
Even if, for the time being, I avoid the punishment of men,
I shall never, whether alive or dead,
escape the hands of the Almighty.
Therefore, by manfully giving up my life now,
I will prove myself worthy of my old age,
and I will leave to the young a noble example
of how to die willingly and generously
for the revered and holy laws.”

Eleazar spoke thus,
and went immediately to the instrument of torture.
Those who shortly before had been kindly disposed,
now became hostile toward him because what he had said
seemed to them utter madness.
When he was about to die under the blows,
he groaned and said:
“The Lord in his holy knowledge knows full well that,
although I could have escaped death,
I am not only enduring terrible pain in my body from this scourging,
but also suffering it with joy in my soul
because of my devotion to him.”
This is how he died,
leaving in his death a model of courage
and an unforgettable example of virtue
not only for the young but for the whole nation.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 3:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

R. (6b) The Lord upholds me.
O LORD, how many are my adversaries!
Many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me,
“There is no salvation for him in God.”
R. The Lord upholds me.
But you, O LORD, are my shield;
my glory, you lift up my head!
When I call out to the LORD,
he answers me from his holy mountain.
R. The Lord upholds me.
When I lie down in sleep,
I wake again, for the LORD sustains me.
I fear not the myriads of people
arrayed against me on every side.
R. The Lord upholds me.

Gospel
Luke 19:1-10

At that time Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town.
Now a man there named Zacchaeus,
who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man,
was seeking to see who Jesus was;
but he could not see him because of the crowd,
for he was short in stature.
So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus,
who was about to pass that way.
When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said,
“Zacchaeus, come down quickly,
for today I must stay at your house.”
And he came down quickly and received him with joy.
When they saw this, they began to grumble, saying,
“He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.”
But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord,
“Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor,
and if I have extorted anything from anyone
I shall repay it four times over.”
And Jesus said to him,
“Today salvation has come to this house
because this man too is a descendant of Abraham.
For the Son of Man has come to seek
and to save what was lost.”


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“And Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house because this man too is a descendant of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.’” (Luke 19:9-10)

REFLECTION
Just last week, I attended a training entitled “Presentation Skills Workshop”. As participants, we were required to think of a topic and present it to the whole class. The first thing that came to my mind was to share something personal so that I can discuss it well. 

Self-care — that’s what I presented. I shared my journey on how I learned to love myself just the way I am. From my physical, emotional and spiritual self. 

Almost everyone knew how low my self-esteem was before despite being a happy person and not just because of my physical appearance but how I see myself as a whole and my capabilities. But with the help of the people around me, I learned not to marginalize myself from others. Experiencing all the struggles, judgements and feeling of rejection from others gave me an opportunity to love myself more. 

Just like Zacchaeus, once in this lifetime, we were or we will be socially marginalized. But at the end of the day, it is how we will humble ourselves and believe that we are created in God’s own image and likeness. In that way, Jesus will choose to look into our hearts over and over again. He will choose to look beyond our sins and see us perfectly the way He planned us to be.

Reflection Song

So Will I (100 Billion X) by Hillsong Worship

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Bea Borromeo, Little Whispers

Perfectly Imperfect

First Reading
Romans 8:26-30
Brothers and sisters:
The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.
And the one who searches hearts
knows what is the intention of the Spirit,
because he intercedes for the holy ones
according to God’s will.

We know that all things work for good for those who love God,
who are called according to his purpose.
For those he foreknew he also predestined
to be conformed to the image of his Son,
so that he might be the firstborn
among many brothers.
And those he predestined he also called;
and those he called he also justified;
and those he justified he also glorified.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 13:4-5, 6
R.(6a) My hope, O Lord, is in your mercy.
Look, answer me, O LORD, my God!
Give light to my eyes that I may not sleep in death
lest my enemy say, “I have overcome him”;
lest my foes rejoice at my downfall.
R. My hope, O Lord, is in your mercy.
Though I trusted in your mercy,
Let my heart rejoice in your salvation;
let me sing of the LORD, “He has been good to me.”
R. My hope, O Lord, is in your mercy.

Gospel
Luke 13:22-30
Jesus passed through towns and villages,
teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem.
Someone asked him,
“Lord, will only a few people be saved?”
He answered them,
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate,
for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter
but will not be strong enough.
After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door,
then will you stand outside knocking and saying,
‘Lord, open the door for us.’
He will say to you in reply,
‘I do not know where you are from.’
And you will say,
‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’
Then he will say to you,
‘I do not know where you are from.
Depart from me, all you evildoers!’
And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth
when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God
and you yourselves cast out.
And people will come from the east and the west
and from the north and the south
and will recline at table in the Kingdom of God.
For behold, some are last who will be first,
and some are first who will be last.”


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“Someone asked him, ‘Lord, will only a few people be saved?'” (Luke 13:23)

REFLECTION
It’s been 8 years since I joined the Youth Ministry. During those years, I’ve experienced mixed feelings and emotions that leads me to different thoughts of how a ministry really works.

Being with people who have different qualities and personalities has not been easy — and I guess, it will never be. But one thing I realized is as time goes by with Youth Ministry, no matter how hard it is to get along with everyone, it’s always been a joy for me getting to know them in different circumstances.

Just this last weekend, we had our Youth Encounter #30. It was also my first time being the head facilitator since this is under the evangelization apostolate.

During the weekend, God made me realize so much things. One of these was that no ministry is perfect. Everyone has their own shortcomings and frailty. We all have our own imperfections but what makes a ministry perfect is the love, patience and understanding that people have for each other.

God made me realize that being saved doesn’t mean that we have to be perfect. Being a leader doesn’t mean I have to do everything—it’s about trusting everyone in the ministry and letting them shine on their own. Those 40 newly graduated candidates are the best representation and inspiration of God to us, His servants.

My friends, Jesus knows that at times we will hurt other people, make poor choices, or we even may turn away from Him. But at the end of the day, Jesus continues to love us unconditionally. He never stops inviting us to come back home. But most of all, He will always save us from our sins.

Reflection Song

 

Whole Heart (Hold Me Now) by Hillsong UNITED

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Challenge Accepted

First Reading
1 Timothy 6:2C-12
Beloved:
Teach and urge these things.
Whoever teaches something different
and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ
and the religious teaching
is conceited, understanding nothing,
and has a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes.
From these come envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions,
and mutual friction among people with corrupted minds,
who are deprived of the truth,
supposing religion to be a means of gain.
Indeed, religion with contentment is a great gain.
For we brought nothing into the world,
just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it.
If we have food and clothing, we shall be content with that.
Those who want to be rich are falling into temptation and into a trap
and into many foolish and harmful desires,
which plunge them into ruin and destruction.
For the love of money is the root of all evils,
and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith
and have pierced themselves with many pains.

But you, man of God, avoid all this.
Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion,
faith, love, patience, and gentleness.
Compete well for the faith.
Lay hold of eternal life,
to which you were called when you made the noble confession
in the presence of many witnesses.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 49:6-7, 8-10, 17-18, 19-20
R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
Why should I fear in evil days
when my wicked ensnarers ring me round?
They trust in their wealth;
the abundance of their riches is their boast.
R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
Yet in no way can a man redeem himself,
or pay his own ransom to God;
Too high is the price to redeem one’s life; he would never have enough
to remain alive always and not see destruction.
R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
Fear not when a man grows rich,
when the wealth of his house becomes great,
For when he dies, he shall take none of it;
his wealth shall not follow him down.
R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
Though in his lifetime he counted himself blessed,
“They will praise you for doing well for yourself,”
He shall join the circle of his forebears
who shall never more see light.
R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!

Gospel
Luke 8:1-3
Jesus 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.


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“But you, man of God, avoid all this. Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. Compete well for the faith…” (1 Timothy 6: 11-12)

REFLECTION
A year ago, I started a job in a very good company who offered so much more than what I expected, knowing that it’s just my second job since I graduated. 

The company not just offered me financial security, but also newfound relationships in a new environment. I was so happy to finally have a new place where I can be my new self again. However, as the days went by, I became too focused on my worldly needs. Travelling, new clothes, expensive meals and more. I felt entitled to everything the world had to offer, all because I achieved something. 

Inevitably, I hit the point where it got too tiring. I realized that I had forgotten to be grateful for everything that I have been receiving. I stopped putting my heart into service because I failed to realize that there is so much more beyond having all the things that I want in life. I became too busy focusing on the world that I actually failed to pursue where everything came from. 

My friends, the Lord is telling us to focus on Him, even after we have succeeded in life. 

We must be reminded to nourish our life–not falling into the trap of materialism and life in this world, but falling more in love with Jesus and the gift of eternal life with Him. While it is hard to acknowledge God when we are down in defeat, sometimes it is harder to acknowledge God when we are on top. When we win in life, we often forget who brought us there. So, wherever you are in life, whether you are winning or losing, always know that you will always have Jesus beside you! 

In every challenge, obstacle and mountain you face, Jesus is with you in every step. 

Reflection Song

As You Find Me by Hillsong UNITED

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Believer

First Reading
1 Thessalonians 2:9-13

You recall, brothers and sisters, our toil and drudgery.
Working night and day in order not to burden any of you,
we proclaimed to you the Gospel of God.
You are witnesses, and so is God,
how devoutly and justly and blamelessly
we behaved toward you believers.
As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his children,
exhorting and encouraging you and insisting
that you walk in a manner worthy of the God
who calls you into his Kingdom and glory.

And for this reason we too give thanks to God unceasingly,
that, in receiving the word of God from hearing us,
you received it not as the word of men, but as it truly is, the word of God,
which is now at work in you who believe.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 139:7-8, 9-10, 11-12AB

R.(1) You have searched me and you know me, Lord.
Where can I go from your spirit?
From your presence where can I flee?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I sink to the nether world, you are present there.
R. You have searched me and you know me, Lord.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
if I settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
Even there your hand shall guide me,
and your right hand hold me fast.
R. You have searched me and you know me, Lord.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall hide me,
and night shall be my light”–
For you darkness itself is not dark,
and night shines as the day.
R. You have searched me and you know me, Lord.

Gospel
Matthew 23:27-32

Jesus said,
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside,
but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of filth.
Even so, on the outside you appear righteous,
but inside you are filled with hypocrisy and evildoing.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You build the tombs of the prophets
and adorn the memorials of the righteous,
and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors,
we would not have joined them in shedding the prophets’ blood.’
Thus you bear witness against yourselves
that you are the children of those who murdered the prophets;
now fill up what your ancestors measured out!”


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“And for this reason we too give thanks to God unceasingly, that, in receiving the word of God from hearing us, you received it not as the word of men, but as it truly is, the word of God, which is now at work in you who believe.” (1 Thessalonians 2:13)

REFLECTION
I’ve always been this jolly, makulit and cheerful Bea that everyone knows. Someone who can easily talk to and laugh with the people around me.

That is why Satudays with BLD Youth Ministry has always been my source of energy after a tiring week at school — not until I joined the Praise Vocals Ministry. It registered that I won’t be the usual attendee who can talk and walk around, someone who has nothing to do but to simply sit and while waiting for the worship to start.

After almost 2 years of being a member of the Praise Ministry, I kept myself in the dark where all doubts and feeling of unworthiness sink in. I started making up excuses of having Saturday classes just to avoid singing in front, as I was too scared because I didn’t believe in myself. I stood away from the light that Jesus has been trying to show me.

Being with the youth for 8 years now made me realize that Jesus has been with me even in the absence of light in my life. I never knew that I’d  now be able to do solos whenever the prayer leader asks me to. I didn’t even think that He would discern me to be the Assistant head of Praise Vocals Ministry for 3 years now. What’s even bigger and surprising was, I couldn’t have imagined that Jesus would choose me to be the Pentacord for Evangelization, who guides both the Praise Band and Vocals, with Himself leading us to be the ministry He planned us to be.

Friends, the readings today tells us that no matter what, Jesus sees us even in the dark. He wants us to see Him in the absence of light in our life. He wants us to believe Him no matter how impossible we think it can be. And most of all, He wants us to believe that in the darkness, He will be our light.

Reflection Song

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Bea Borromeo, Little Whispers

Bruh

First Reading
ROM 10:9-18

Brothers and sisters:
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
you will be saved.
For one believes with the heart and so is justified,
and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.
The Scripture says,
No one who believes in him will be put to shame.
There is no distinction between Jew and Greek;
the same Lord is Lord of all,
enriching all who call upon him.
For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed?
And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard?
And how can they hear without someone to preach?
And how can people preach unless they are sent?
As it is written,
How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!
But not everyone has heeded the good news;
for Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed what was heard from us?
Thus faith comes from what is heard,
and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.
But I ask, did they not hear?
Certainly they did; for

Their voice has gone forth to all the earth,
and their words to the ends of the world.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 19:8, 9, 10, 11
R. (10) The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
or:
R. (John 6:63) Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul;
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
or:
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

The precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
The command of the LORD is clear,
enlightening the eye.
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
or:
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever;
The ordinances of the LORD are true,
all of them just.
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
or:
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

They are more precious than gold,
than a heap of purest gold;
Sweeter also than syrup
or honey from the comb.
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
or:
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

Gospel
MT 4:18-22

As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers,
Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew,
casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.
He said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
At once they left their nets and followed him.
He walked along from there and saw two other brothers,
James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets.
He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father
and followed him.


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“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

REFLECTION
Having a brother was never an easy job. Everyday, I had to deal with my very own biological enemy. Every. Single. Day.

I can still remember the times when my kuya and I would fight over the silliest of things. He would always annoy me by hiding the remote control of the TV, by not letting me borrow his Playstation and his Gameboy despite knowing the fact that I don’t have those things because I only have my Barbie dolls which I don’t like playing some times.

Time really flies very fast and before I even noticed it, the one I hated the most is now the person right next to me. He is with me through thick and thin; my brother and my partner in crime. He knows everything about me up to the point that he would help me sneak under our parents’ noses and cover up for everything I have done before. But most importantly, he made a way for me to join the BLD community, letting me meet awesome people whom we consider as our second family.

Regardless of how disrespectful I am towards him sometimes, no matter how many times we fight, no matter how many times we have hurt each other, no matter how confusing he is, I always remind myself that he is my brother; the one I will find right next to me whenever I feel sad and alone.

We may be confused, uncertain or even doubtful about how we will get to the exact place where the Lord wants us to be. But bear in mind that He will never let you be alone in your journey. You just have to trust and wait for His perfect time for you. Just like in my situation, I have found my buddy-slash-brother-in-Christ that will surely be with me until I reach His beautiful destination.

Reflection Song

Oceans by Hillsong United

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After All

First Reading
BAR 1:15-22

During the Babylonian captivity, the exiles prayed:
“Justice is with the Lord, our God;
and we today are flushed with shame,
we men of Judah and citizens of Jerusalem,
that we, with our kings and rulers
and priests and prophets, and with our ancestors,
have sinned in the Lord’s sight and disobeyed him.
We have neither heeded the voice of the Lord, our God,
nor followed the precepts which the Lord set before us.
From the time the Lord led our ancestors out of the land of Egypt
until the present day,
we have been disobedient to the Lord, our God,
and only too ready to disregard his voice.
And the evils and the curse that the Lord enjoined upon Moses, his servant,
at the time he led our ancestors forth from the land of Egypt
to give us the land flowing with milk and honey,
cling to us even today.
For we did not heed the voice of the Lord, our God,
in all the words of the prophets whom he sent us,
but each one of us went off
after the devices of his own wicked heart,
served other gods,
and did evil in the sight of the Lord, our God.”

Responsorial Psalm
PS 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
MT 18:1-5, 10

The disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?”
He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said,
“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Whoever humbles himself like this child
is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.
And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones,
for I say to you that their angels in heaven
always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.”

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“We have neither heeded the voice of the Lord, our God, nor followed the precepts which the Lord set before us.”

REFLECTION

I’m the type of person who loves planning and organizing everything.

Just like me, I know we often think of the plans and goals that we have in our lives. We are very excited and at the same time, curious about what is ahead of us – our dream schools or even our dream jobs. Being too focused on these things, we sometimes forget the fact that we have someone to talk to and to pray with. And during bad days, we may feel helpless and lost.

But every time, we witness how God works. Despite the fact that we fail to listen and follow Him, He stays. He never leaves. He assures us that all the things that we hope and dream of will be given in His perfect time. He will always be with us.

My dear friends, always remember that everything that He has in stored for us exceeds the plans we have for ourselves. After all, our God works all out of great love.

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Bea Borromeo, Little Whispers

Flesh And Blood

First Reading
1 THES 4:9-11

Brothers and sisters:
On the subject of fraternal charity
you have no need for anyone to write you,
for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.
Indeed, you do this for all the brothers throughout Macedonia.
Nevertheless we urge you, brothers and sisters, to progress even more,
and to aspire to live a tranquil life,
to mind your own affairs,
and to work with your own hands,
as we instructed you.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 98:1, 7-8, 9
R. (9) The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.

Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.
Let the sea and what fills it resound,
the world and those who dwell in it;
Let the rivers clap their hands,
the mountains shout with them for joy.
R. The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.
Before the LORD, for he comes,
for he comes to rule the earth;
He will rule the world with justice
and the peoples with equity.
R. The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.

Gospel
MK 6:17-29

Herod was the one who had John the Baptist arrested and bound in prison
on account of Herodias,
the wife of his brother Philip, whom he had married.
John had said to Herod,
“It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”
Herodias harbored a grudge against him
and wanted to kill him but was unable to do so.
Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man,
and kept him in custody.
When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed,
yet he liked to listen to him.
She had an opportunity one day when Herod, on his birthday,
gave a banquet for his courtiers,
his military officers, and the leading men of Galilee.
Herodias’ own daughter came in
and performed a dance that delighted Herod and his guests.
The king said to the girl,
“Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you.”
He even swore many things to her,
“I will grant you whatever you ask of me,
even to half of my kingdom.”
She went out and said to her mother,
“What shall I ask for?”
She replied, “The head of John the Baptist.”
The girl hurried back to the king’s presence and made her request,
“I want you to give me at once
on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”
The king was deeply distressed,
but because of his oaths and the guests
he did not wish to break his word to her.
So he promptly dispatched an executioner with orders
to bring back his head.
He went off and beheaded him in the prison.
He brought in the head on a platter and gave it to the girl.
The girl in turn gave it to her mother.
When his disciples heard about it,
they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.


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“…you have no need for anyone to write you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.” (1 Thessalonians 4:9)

REFLECTION
I always thank God for giving me a family with whom I can always rely on, filling me up with nothing but love and support. A family who will accept me no matter what, who will always cheer me up and who will never leave my side. I always tell myself that I wouldn’t trade my family for anything in this world.

My support system, my love tank, my food buddies, my travel buddies and last but not the least, my greatest blessing. I do not have a perfect family but one thing is for sure, they are the only people whom I love and am loved no matter what.

Like with our family, we take each other’s flaws and imperfections, but one thing remains, love and acceptance. We should love one another. Just like what God is doing right now, accepting and loving us despite everything and letting us feel that He wouldn’t trade us for anything in this world as well. We just need to put all our trust in Him. We may not notice the little blessings that He is giving us, but one thing is for sure, it is all planned and designed perfectly because He loves us.

Prayer
Lord, we thank You for blessing us with so much more than we deserve. Thank You for teaching us how to love and appreciate one another. May you continue to nourish us with Your word and let us see Your beautiful plans, Amen.

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