Ella Andal, Little Whispers

Distractions

First Reading
Col 3:1-11

Brothers and sisters:
If you were raised with Christ, seek what is above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ your life appears,
then you too will appear with him in glory.

Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly:
immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire,
and the greed that is idolatry.
Because of these the wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient.
By these you too once conducted yourselves, when you lived in that way.
But now you must put them all away:
anger, fury, malice, slander,
and obscene language out of your mouths.
Stop lying to one another,
since you have taken off the old self with its practices
and have put on the new self,
which is being renewed, for knowledge,
in the image of its creator.
Here there is not Greek and Jew,
circumcision and uncircumcision,
barbarian, Scythian, slave, free;
but Christ is all and in all.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 145:2-3, 10-11, 12-13AB
R. (9) The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.

Every day will I bless you,
and I will praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD and highly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable.
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.
Making known to men your might
and the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Your Kingdom is a Kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
R. The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.

Gospel
Lk 6:20-26

Raising his eyes toward his disciples Jesus said:

“Blessed are you who are poor,
for the Kingdom of God is yours.
Blessed are you who are now hungry,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who are now weeping,
for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you,
and when they exclude and insult you,
and denounce your name as evil
on account of the Son of Man.

Rejoice and leap for joy on that day!
Behold, your reward will be great in heaven.
For their ancestors treated the prophets
in the same way.

But woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your consolation.
But woe to you who are filled now,
for you will be hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
for you will grieve and weep.
Woe to you when all speak well of you,
for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way.”

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REFLECTION

“Blessed are you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours.” -Lk 6: 20

I have this daily routine wherein the first thing I do in the morning is to get my phone, open Facebook, and keep scrolling down until I have to get up and get ready for school. My day ends this way too, as I wait for sleep to come over me.

It’s a monotonous and pointless routine that takes up the time I could spend doing something else. But more importantly, I am ashamed to admit that it has replaced my prayer time. Not even a simple “good morning, Father” or “thank You for giving me another day,” would cross my mind when I wake up. Already, my head is occupied with the things that I have to accomplish, and then I go through the day so completely focused on my classes and impending workload. How can I go through a day without acknowledging the Lord’s presence in my life? How is it that I have let such distractions get in the way of my relationship with the Father?

The call to be “poor” is the call to live a life of simplicity. It is the call to set aside worldly things, especially those that have become hindrances to our personal relationship with the Father. In a life of simplicity—of no distractions—we will grow in the Father. –Ella Andal (ella_andal@yahoo.com)

Prayer

Lord, help me let go of the unimportant things so that I may put my focus on You. Amen.

Reflection Question

What are the things that distract you from the Father?

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