Clarissa Asilo, Little Whispers

Game Destination

First Reading
1 MC 6:1-13
As King Antiochus was traversing the inland provinces,
he heard that in Persia there was a city called Elymais,
famous for its wealth in silver and gold,
and that its temple was very rich,
containing gold helmets, breastplates, and weapons
left there by Alexander, son of Philip,
king of Macedon, the first king of the Greeks.
He went therefore and tried to capture and pillage the city.
But he could not do so,
because his plan became known to the people of the city
who rose up in battle against him.
So he retreated and in great dismay withdrew from there
to return to Babylon.

While he was in Persia, a messenger brought him news
that the armies sent into the land of Judah had been put to flight;
that Lysias had gone at first with a strong army
and been driven back by the children of Israel;
that they had grown strong
by reason of the arms, men, and abundant possessions
taken from the armies they had destroyed;
that they had pulled down the Abomination
which he had built upon the altar in Jerusalem;
and that they had surrounded with high walls
both the sanctuary, as it had been before,
and his city of Beth-zur.

When the king heard this news,
he was struck with fear and very much shaken.
Sick with grief because his designs had failed, he took to his bed.
There he remained many days, overwhelmed with sorrow,
for he knew he was going to die.

So he called in all his Friends and said to them:
“Sleep has departed from my eyes,
for my heart is sinking with anxiety.
I said to myself: ‘Into what tribulation have I come,
and in what floods of sorrow am I now!
Yet I was kindly and beloved in my rule.’
But I now recall the evils I did in Jerusalem,
when I carried away all the vessels of gold and silver
that were in it, and for no cause
gave orders that the inhabitants of Judah be destroyed.
I know that this is why these evils have overtaken me;
and now I am dying, in bitter grief, in a foreign land.”

Responsorial Psalm
PS 9:2-3, 4 AND 6, 16 AND 19
R. (see 16a) I will rejoice in your salvation, O Lord.
I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart;
I will declare all your wondrous deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, Most High.
R. I will rejoice in your salvation, O Lord.
Because my enemies are turned back,
overthrown and destroyed before you.
You rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
their name you blotted out forever and ever.
R. I will rejoice in your salvation, O Lord.
The nations are sunk in the pit they have made;
in the snare they set, their foot is caught.
For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
nor shall the hope of the afflicted forever perish.
R. I will rejoice in your salvation, O Lord.

LK 20:27-40
Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection,
came forward and put this question to Jesus, saying,
“Teacher, Moses wrote for us,
If someone’s brother dies leaving a wife but no child,
his brother must take the wife
and raise up descendants for his brother.
Now there were seven brothers;
the first married a woman but died childless.
Then the second and the third married her,
and likewise all the seven died childless.
Finally the woman also died.
Now at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be?
For all seven had been married to her.”
Jesus said to them,
“The children of this age marry and remarry;
but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age
and to the resurrection of the dead
neither marry nor are given in marriage.
They can no longer die,
for they are like angels;
and they are the children of God
because they are the ones who will rise.
That the dead will rise
even Moses made known in the passage about the bush,
when he called ‘Lord’
the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob;
and he is not God of the dead, but of the living,
for to him all are alive.”
Some of the scribes said in reply,
“Teacher, you have answered well.”
And they no longer dared to ask him anything.

“They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise.” (Luke 20:36)


I remember how I used to play video games when I was a kid. I would always get excited moving from one level to another, and equipping my character with experience points and life bonuses. But whenever I would encounter the Boss and the other huge rivals, I would easily give up and shut down my Gameboy — especially when I run out of life bonuses and I have to come back later when I’m already relieved from my defeat.

Today, God wants you to know that it doesn’t matter how many times you fail as long as you keep on trying and doing your best to reach Jesus-zone as many times as possible. He wants us to accept the mission He gives us for each level and every day of our lives.

For in every level in this life, we must fight and be strong whenever we encounter obstacles along our way because God is always there watching us, having our back and guiding us all through our journey until we reach our destination, in God’s Kingdom.

Plus, one thing’s for sure: Our pain and hurt will be nothing compared to the joy in-store for us in Heaven. We may not have the full understanding of it right now, but Jesus promised us that we’ll be safe, secured and at peace — it will all be wonderful. As long as we live according to Jesus’ mission for us: praying, serving, and showing each living creation love, care and respect; detached from worldly possessions; failure or unworthiness will never hinder Him from welcoming us, His children, back to His loving arms.

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Clarissa Asilo, Little Whispers

Greatest Reward

First Reading
HG 1:1-8

On the first day of the sixth month in the second year of King Darius,
The word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai
to the governor of Judah, Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel,
and to the high priest Joshua, son of Jehozadak:

Thus says the LORD of hosts:
This people says:
“The time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the LORD.”
(Then this word of the LORD came through Haggai, the prophet:)
Is it time for you to dwell in your own paneled houses,
while this house lies in ruins?

Now thus says the LORD of hosts:
Consider your ways!
You have sown much, but have brought in little;
you have eaten, but have not been satisfied;
You have drunk, but have not been exhilarated;
have clothed yourselves, but not been warmed;
And whoever earned wages
earned them for a bag with holes in it.

Thus says the LORD of hosts:
Consider your ways!
Go up into the hill country;
bring timber, and build the house
That I may take pleasure in it
and receive my glory, says the LORD.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 149:1B-2, 3-4, 5-6A AND 9B
R. (see 4a) The Lord takes delight in his people.

Sing to the LORD a new song
of praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel be glad in their maker,
let the children of Zion rejoice in their king.
R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
Let them praise his name in the festive dance,
let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.
For the LORD loves his people,
and he adorns the lowly with victory.
R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
Let the faithful exult in glory;
let them sing for joy upon their couches;
Let the high praises of God be in their throats.
This is the glory of all his faithful. Alleluia.
R. The Lord takes delight in his people.

LK 9:7-9

Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening,
and he was greatly perplexed because some were saying,
“John has been raised from the dead”;
others were saying, “Elijah has appeared”;
still others, “One of the ancient prophets has arisen.”
But Herod said, “John I beheaded.
Who then is this about whom I hear such things?”
And he kept trying to see him.


“For the LORD loves his people, and he adorns the lowly with victory.” (Psalm 149:4)

I was in my lowest point in life when I was in high school. Problems in family, relationships and school came out from here and there. There was no break from the hurt I’m experiencing. It caused me to do things just to get over the heaviness I feel inside.

One day, I found myself stop by at a church where I spent an hour or two crying and staring the cross in front of me. Before, I never was a person who prays nor one who seek peace to God when troubled. But right there, I felt the comfort and serenity that I’ve been longing for.

Several weeks later, I got invited to attend Youth Life in the Spirit Seminar. One of the lines that struck me most was, “Let Go and Let God.” It was perfect, I knew that I needed to hear as the speaker in front told us to surrender all our hurt, pain and burdens for He will take care of it and leads us to salvation.

As I surrendered everything, I whispered in prayer, “Ikaw na bahala Lord. Sobrang sakit na talaga.” (I surrender everything to You, Lord. I can’t take the hurt anymore.)

After my YLSS, I started to attend youth prayer meetings, have daily prayer time and read God’s word. Little did I know, I was able let go of my frustrations and deal with life easily as I rely on God’s work for me.

Now I can say, the trials I had in life were now a living testimony that God will always be there to catch me. Despite the trials that come my way, I’m already victorious because the greatest reward I have is Jesus. Today, the Lord wants to remind us that He will meet us halfway as we run to Him for comfort. He tells us that we shouldn’t be fed up with our struggles because He will make something beautiful out of it. For God blessed us and loved us so much to have Him as our greatest reward and we, as His ultimate champion!

Lord Jesus, thank You for giving me trials in life. Trials that are made to be as a testimony of Your great love for me. Be with me as I let go of these frustrations and focus on Your marvelous plan for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


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What Now?

First Reading
JOS 24:1-13

Joshua gathered together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem,
summoning their elders, their leaders,
their judges and their officers.
When they stood in ranks before God, Joshua addressed all the people:
“Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel:
In times past your fathers, down to Terah,
father of Abraham and Nahor,
dwelt beyond the River and served other gods.
But I brought your father Abraham from the region beyond the River
and led him through the entire land of Canaan.
I made his descendants numerous, and gave him Isaac.
To Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau.
To Esau I assigned the mountain region of Seir in which to settle,
while Jacob and his children went down to Egypt.

“Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and smote Egypt with the prodigies
which I wrought in her midst.
Afterward I led you out of Egypt, and when you reached the sea,
the Egyptians pursued your fathers to the Red Sea
with chariots and horsemen.
Because they cried out to the LORD,
he put darkness between your people and the Egyptians,
upon whom he brought the sea so that it engulfed them.
After you witnessed what I did to Egypt,
and dwelt a long time in the desert,
I brought you into the land of the Amorites
who lived east of the Jordan.
They fought against you, but I delivered them into your power.
You took possession of their land, and I destroyed them,
the two kings of the Amorites, before you.
Then Balak, son of Zippor, king of Moab,
prepared to war against Israel.
He summoned Balaam, son of Beor, to curse you;
but I would not listen to Balaam.
On the contrary, he had to bless you, and I saved you from him.
Once you crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho,
the men of Jericho fought against you,
but I delivered them also into your power.
And I sent the hornets ahead of you that drove them
(the Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites,
Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites and Jebusites)
out of your way; it was not your sword or your bow.

“I gave you a land that you had not tilled
and cities that you had not built, to dwell in;
you have eaten of vineyards and olive groves
which you did not plant.”

Responsorial Psalm
PS 136:1-3, 16-18, 21-22 AND 24
R. His mercy endures forever.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever;
Give thanks to the God of gods,
for his mercy endures forever;
Give thanks to the LORD of lords,
for his mercy endures forever.
R. His mercy endures forever.
Who led his people through the wilderness,
for his mercy endures forever;
Who smote great kings,
for his mercy endures forever;
And slew powerful kings,
for his mercy endures forever.
R. His mercy endures forever.
And made their land a heritage,
for his mercy endures forever;
The heritage of Israel his servant,
for his mercy endures forever;
And freed us from our foes,
for his mercy endures forever.
R. His mercy endures forever.

MT 19:3-12

Some Pharisees approached Jesus, and tested him, saying,
“Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?”
He said in reply, “Have you not read that from the beginning
the Creator made them male and female and said,
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?
So they are no longer two, but one flesh.
Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate.”
They said to him, “Then why did Moses command
that the man give the woman a bill of divorce and dismiss her?”
He said to them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts
Moses allowed you to divorce your wives,
but from the beginning it was not so.
I say to you, whoever divorces his wife
(unless the marriage is unlawful)
and marries another commits adultery.”
His disciples said to him,
“If that is the case of a man with his wife,
it is better not to marry.”
He answered, “Not all can accept this word,
but only those to whom that is granted.
Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so;
some, because they were made so by others;
some, because they have renounced marriage
for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven.
Whoever can accept this ought to accept it.”


He answered, “Not all can accept this word, but only those to whom that is granted…” (Matthew 19:11)

It has been two and a half months since I graduated from college.

But I’ve been through a tough time during my last semester that I started to doubt myself if I should still pursue my career path. One time, I got an opportunity to try a different profession, but turns out, it wasn’t for me. So I decided to go back on my degree field and started to submit my CVs to my three top choice of companies. I got a shot on my second and third choice. Unluckily, my preparations and efforts wasn’t enough. I got rejected.

I am now left with my first choice. But some say they take months to call and others say they won’t even give you a call. So as a backup, I tried two other companies but ended rejected again. I cried myself to sleep for many nights because of frustrations – questioning myself, “Am I not enough?” “What now?”  “I’m such a failure.” It was a struggle for me to keep going and move on to other opportunities.

One night, I felt really tired. It felt like my tank is empty. All I’ve got was nothing but these frustrations and worries. I talked to my college bestfriend because I can’t handle it anymore. She comforted me as she said, “Siguro tinetest lang ni Lord kung ga’no ka katatag. May plan siya satin, all in God’s perfect timing.” (Maybe the Lord is testing me. I know He has a plan for me, all in His perfect timing.)

Sometimes, we become impatient when God doesn’t answers our prayers instantly. We tend to rely on our capabilities and forget to have faith on His promise because we are too eager to find out the result. Being impatient turns us to become fearful, anxious, and even angry. But God has good reasons for making us wait. Patience involves seeking the Lord and resting in His perfect timing. So let go, be patient and trust in Him. You will not be disappointed. Remember that He is always in control and our future is as bright as God’s promise for us.

Lord Jesus, thank You for Your perfect plan. Teach me to be patient as I fully trust You with all my heart, with all my mind and with all my soul. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.


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Mission Sent

First Reading
GN 32:23-33
In the course of the night, Jacob arose, took his two wives,
with the two maidservants and his eleven children,
and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.
After he had taken them across the stream
and had brought over all his possessions,
Jacob was left there alone.
Then some man wrestled with him until the break of dawn.
When the man saw that he could not prevail over him,
he struck Jacob’s hip at its socket,
so that the hip socket was wrenched as they wrestled.
The man then said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”
But Jacob said, “I will not let you go until you bless me.”
The man asked, “What is your name?”
He answered, “Jacob.”
Then the man said,
“You shall no longer be spoken of as Jacob, but as Israel,
because you have contended with divine and human beings
and have prevailed.”
Jacob then asked him, “Do tell me your name, please.”
He answered, “Why should you want to know my name?”
With that, he bade him farewell.
Jacob named the place Peniel,
“Because I have seen God face to face,” he said,
“yet my life has been spared.”

At sunrise, as he left Penuel,
Jacob limped along because of his hip.
That is why, to this day, the children of Israel do not eat
the sciatic muscle that is on the hip socket,
inasmuch as Jacob’s hip socket was struck at the sciatic muscle.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 17:1B, 2-3, 6-7AB, 8B AND 15
R. (15a) In justice, I shall behold your face, O Lord.
Hear, O LORD, a just suit;
attend to my outcry;
hearken to my prayer from lips without deceit.
R. In justice, I shall behold your face, O Lord.
From you let my judgment come;
your eyes behold what is right.
Though you test my heart, searching it in the night,
though you try me with fire, you shall find no malice in me.
R. In justice, I shall behold your face, O Lord.
I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
incline your ear to me; hear my word.
Show your wondrous mercies,
O savior of those who flee from their foes.
R. In justice, I shall behold your face, O Lord.
Hide me in the shadow of your wings.
I in justice shall behold your face;
on waking, I shall be content in your presence.
R. In justice, I shall behold your face, O Lord.

MT 9:32-38
A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus,
and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke.
The crowds were amazed and said,
“Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”
But the Pharisees said,
“He drives out demons by the prince of demons.”

Jesus went around to all the towns and villages,
teaching in their synagogues,
proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom,
and curing every disease and illness.
At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them
because they were troubled and abandoned,
like sheep without a shepherd.
Then he said to his disciples,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.”


“Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.’” – Matthew 9:37-38


The last semester of my college was the toughest time for me because of my thesis. It was supposed to be a group project but my groupmates didn’t cooperate well. They told me that they couldn’t do it anymore and that passing would be impossible. I encouraged them several times to focus on our goals. I told them that everything would be worth it as long as we have teamwork. Still, they didn’t bother listening to me.

That time, I really felt alone especially when I saw other groups working together. But one night, as I went out of our building, one of my blockmates saw me and asked, “Clar! Kamusta? Anong part na kayo sa thesis?” As I was about to answer, tears fell from eyes and all I could say was, “Hindi ko na talaga kaya.” My blockmate immediately stood up and said, “gusto mo ipagpray kita?” then I nodded. My blockmate whispered a long beautiful prayer about God’s healing, plans and promises. At that moment, I really felt God’s presence as He revealed to me that He loves me and He will take control as I continue with what I am doing.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus calls out the disciples to ask the Lord for more harvest workers. We too can be harvest workers in our daily lives. Just like my blockmate, we can be Jesus to the people we meet in school, work, community or even in our own families.

The Lord calls each one of us to reach out to those who may have forgotten His love. All we need to do is to be brave enough to leave our comfort zone – to be His instrument in drawing people closer to Him and turn their doubts into faith. He gave us His word so that we may have life in Him. He wills to work in each one of us for His glory. Live out the purpose that God has planted within you! Be His instrument, be His harvest worker! – Clarissa Asilo (


Father God, thank you for calling us as Your instruments. Continue to inspire us. Protect us from all the things that is not of You as we continue living out the purpose that You have for us. This we pray, in Jesus Holy Name. Amen.

Reflection Question

Am I ready to be Jesus to somebody?

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Prayer Partner

First Reading
1 Tm 2:1-8

First of all, I ask that supplications, prayers,
petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone,
for kings and for all in authority,
that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life
in all devotion and dignity.
This is good and pleasing to God our savior,
who wills everyone to be saved
and to come to knowledge of the truth.

For there is one God.
There is also one mediator between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus,
who gave himself as ransom for all.

This was the testimony at the proper time.
For this I was appointed preacher and Apostle
(I am speaking the truth, I am not lying),
teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

It is my wish, then, that in every place the men should pray,
lifting up holy hands, without anger or argument.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 28:2, 7, 8-9
R. (6) Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my prayer.

Hear the sound of my pleading, when I cry to you,
lifting up my hands toward your holy shrine.
R. Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my prayer.
The LORD is my strength and my shield.
In him my heart trusts, and I find help;
then my heart exults, and with my song I give him thanks.
R. Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my prayer.
The LORD is the strength of his people,
the saving refuge of his anointed.
Save your people, and bless your inheritance;
feed them, and carry them forever!
R. Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my prayer.

Lk 7:1-10

When Jesus had finished all his words to the people,
he entered Capernaum.
A centurion there had a slave who was ill and about to die,
and he was valuable to him.
When he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to him,
asking him to come and save the life of his slave.
They approached Jesus and strongly urged him to come, saying,
“He deserves to have you do this for him,
for he loves our nation and he built the synagogue for us.”
And Jesus went with them,
but when he was only a short distance from the house,
the centurion sent friends to tell him,
“Lord, do not trouble yourself,
for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof.
Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you;
but say the word and let my servant be healed.
For I too am a person subject to authority,
with soldiers subject to me.
And I say to one, Go, and he goes;
and to another, Come here, and he comes;
and to my slave, Do this, and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him
and, turning, said to the crowd following him,
“I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”
When the messengers returned to the house,
they found the slave in good health.



“Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you; but say the word and let my servant be healed.” – Luke 7:7

Before, I used to pray to God only when I need something. Never did I thanked Him for the blessings I received or ask forgiveness for the sins I’ve committed. But when I entered the youth community and became a member of the intercessory ministry, not only I began to say thank you and sorry but I also learned how to pray for others.

Now, every after prayer meeting, I always look forward to the prayer partner activity. For me, it was always a privilege to help others with their concerns by simply praying for them. “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” (Mt. 18:20)

In the gospel, the centurion shows us the true meaning of faith, both humble and charitable. Even though he’s unworthy to come to Jesus, with humble heart, he asks for the healing for his servant expecting nothing for return. And Jesus was amazed of this.

Friends, today God want us never to limit our prayers. Even if we have tons of concerns in our life situation, we should reach out to those people who also might need our help especially in prayer, and along with this of course is claiming in faith that God is with us no matter what and all our petitions will be granted in His own time. – Clarissa Asilo (


Father God, thank You for granting all our prayers. May You strengthen our faith as we continue to intercede for the people around us. Amen.

Reflection Question

Do I pray for others?

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Clarissa Asilo, Little Whispers


First Reading
Col 1:21-23

Brothers and sisters:
You once were alienated and hostile in mind because of evil deeds;
God has now reconciled you
in the fleshly Body of Christ through his death,
to present you holy, without blemish,
and irreproachable before him,
provided that you persevere in the faith,
firmly grounded, stable,
and not shifting from the hope of the Gospel that you heard,
which has been preached to every creature under heaven,
of which I, Paul, am a minister.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 54:3-4, 6 AND 8
R. (6) God himself is my help.

O God, by your name save me,
and by your might defend my cause.
O God, hear my prayer;
hearken to the words of my mouth.
R. God himself is my help.
Behold, God is my helper;
the Lord sustains my life.
Freely will I offer you sacrifice;
I will praise your name, O LORD, for its goodness.
R. God himself is my help.

Lk 6:1-5

While Jesus was going through a field of grain on a sabbath,
his disciples were picking the heads of grain,
rubbing them in their hands, and eating them.
Some Pharisees said,
“Why are you doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?”
Jesus said to them in reply,
“Have you not read what David did
when he and those who were with him were hungry?
How he went into the house of God, took the bread of offering,
which only the priests could lawfully eat,
ate of it, and shared it with his companions?”
Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”




“You once were alienated and hostile in mind because of evil deeds; God has now reconciled you, in the fleshly Body of Christ through his death”-Col 1: 21

At our home, we have dog named Mateo. He has a warm attitude. We love how he is loyal to us, listens to our commands and jumps for joy whenever we got home from a day in school/work. As a house dog, we don’t allow him to go outside the house unless it’s time for him to go pee or do his business. Sometimes, we forget to close the gate and because he is playful, he takes the chance to sneak out and run as fast as he can. Luckily, when we call him, he will return inside the house immediately.

There are a lot of dangers that may harm Mateo outside and he almost fell for that. Friends, the Word tells us today to go back to the Lord and remain faithful to Him. There are a lot of temptations outside God’s presence that can lead us to harm. When you are lost, seek His voice, turn back, ask forgiveness and He will welcome you right away! I assure you that He will give you the most beautiful home that you can’t imagine! –Clar Asilo (


Father God, forgive me for turning my back against You. Continue to help me be still and remain in Your presence. Amen.

Reflection Question

How can I seek God in my everyday life?

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