Elyse Enciso, Little Whispers

Life’s Cross

First Reading
ROM 13:8-10

Brothers and sisters:
Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another;
for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
The commandments, You shall not commit adultery;
you shall not kill;
you shall not steal;
you shall not covet,
and whatever other commandment there may be,
are summed up in this saying, namely,
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Love does no evil to the neighbor;
hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 112:1B-2, 4-5, 9
R. ( 5a) Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Blessed the man who fears the LORD,
who greatly delights in his commands.
His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth;
the upright generation shall be blessed.
R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.
or:
R. Alleluia.

He dawns through the darkness, a light for the upright;
he is gracious and merciful and just.
Well for the man who is gracious and lends,
who conducts his affairs with justice.
R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Lavishly he gives to the poor;
his generosity shall endure forever;
his horn shall be exalted in glory.
R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Gospel
LK 14:25-33

Great crowds were traveling with Jesus,
and he turned and addressed them,
“If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother,
wife and children, brothers and sisters,
and even his own life,
he cannot be my disciple.
Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me
cannot be my disciple.
Which of you wishing to construct a tower
does not first sit down and calculate the cost
to see if there is enough for its completion?
Otherwise, after laying the foundation
and finding himself unable to finish the work
the onlookers should laugh at him and say,
‘This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.’
Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down
and decide whether with ten thousand troops
he can successfully oppose another king
advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops?
But if not, while he is still far away,
he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms.
In the same way,
everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions
cannot be my disciple.”


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“Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:27)

REFLECTION
My barkada has been best friends for almost 4 years now. A few weeks ago, we had to face what was, for us, the hardest thing to accept. One of us was migrating to Canada. Iya’s family had been filing their papers for quite some time already and finally, they got accepted. There is no doubt when I say that distance may tend to make people drift apart and we were so scared that that would happen to us. Buckets of tears were shed and a ton of questions were asked during our small despedida for her. We just couldn’t completely understand why she had to leave and why we were all being left behind. Despite all these, Iya reassured us that everything would be okay, that we wouldn’t let anything get in the way of our friendship, and that it’s never goodbye.

As far as I know, Iya’s family was more than okay here in the Philippines. However, they sacrificed their life here for a better future in Canada. It was hard for us, but I am sure that it was a whole lot harder for her and her family. They sacrificed what was familiar, what their comfort zone was, for something entirely new and different.

Most of us look at our “crosses” as something heavy and as a hassle. Contrary to common belief though, the cross that we carry for the rest of our lives, for me, are the sacrifices we make for what is good and what is better. Yes, it cannot be denied that these sacrifices bring huge amounts of pain, doubt and worries. But we need to look past them and see the goodness that comes from them.

Jesus carried His heavy cross, and even if He is 100% Divine, He is still 100% human. It was difficult for Him but He did it anyway. Jesus knew that by carrying and by being nailed to that cross meant saving us from all our sins and bringing glory to the Father. That is what the gospel is telling us today. We need to carry our own cross, no matter how heavy and difficult it is. As long as we draw our strength from the Father, we can endure and get past anything and everything will be worth it. It is through this that we truly become His disciples and become more like Him.

Prayer
Almighty Father, bestow on us the strength and courage to continue carrying our crosses each day in order to bring more praise and glory to You. Amen.

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Elyse Enciso, Little Whispers

Inked Mission

First Reading
1 TM 6:13-16

Beloved:
I charge you before God, who gives life to all things,
and before Christ Jesus,
who gave testimony under Pontius Pilate
for the noble confession,
to keep the commandment without stain or reproach
until the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ
that the blessed and only ruler
will make manifest at the proper time,
the King of kings and Lord of lords,
who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light,
and whom no human being has seen or can see.
To him be honor and eternal power. Amen.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 100:1B-2, 3, 4, 5
R. (2) Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.

Sing joyfully to the LORD all you lands;
serve the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful song.
R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.
Know that the LORD is God;
he made us, his we are;
his people, the flock he tends.
R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
his courts with praise;
Give thanks to him; bless his name.
R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.
For he is good:
the LORD, whose kindness endures forever,
and his faithfulness, to all generations.
R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.

Gospel
LK 8:4-15

When a large crowd gathered, with people from one town after another
journeying to Jesus, he spoke in a parable.
“A sower went out to sow his seed.
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path and was trampled,
and the birds of the sky ate it up.
Some seed fell on rocky ground, and when it grew,
it withered for lack of moisture.
Some seed fell among thorns,
and the thorns grew with it and choked it.
And some seed fell on good soil, and when it grew,
it produced fruit a hundredfold.”
After saying this, he called out,
“Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.”

Then his disciples asked him
what the meaning of this parable might be.
He answered,
“Knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God
has been granted to you;
but to the rest, they are made known through parables
so that they may look but not see, and hear but not understand.

“This is the meaning of the parable.
The seed is the word of God.
Those on the path are the ones who have heard,
but the Devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts
that they may not believe and be saved.
Those on rocky ground are the ones who, when they hear,
receive the word with joy, but they have no root;
they believe only for a time and fall away in time of temptation.
As for the seed that fell among thorns,
they are the ones who have heard, but as they go along,
they are choked by the anxieties and riches and pleasures of life,
and they fail to produce mature fruit.
But as for the seed that fell on rich soil,
they are the ones who, when they have heard the word,
embrace it with a generous and good heart,
and bear fruit through perseverance.”


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“But as for the seed that fell on rich soil, they are the ones who, when they have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance.” (Luke 8:15)

REFLECTION

I have always been fond of tattoos.  Not those big, colourful, torso-covering ones but rather, those that are hidden and small.  There has always been something about the tiny ones with big meanings that struck me. It amazes me how something so small could have such great power.  How something so small could influence people so much.  How such little amount of ink could stand for something so important and enlightening.

Today, the Father is reminding us that our actions need not be so extravagant for people to know how big our faith is.  Sometimes, it is the littlest things that make the most extraordinary impacts, changes, and transformations.  Just like the seed, we only need to make sure that the soil that will nurture our faith is rich in love, wisdom, and values.  That way we will be able to bear fruit; A fruit that will allow others to be seeds, ready to serve and fulfill His word as well.  Let us be open and allow God to tattoo our mission and our purpose onto our hearts and embrace the responsibilities that come with it.  Let us be inked with courage, strength, understanding, and so much more.  By letting Him do this, we will always have something to believe in and to stand for.  He will be our guardian and our beacon of light in the darkest times of our lives.

Let the meaning of our little tattoos radiate His love and care for us, his sons and daughters.  It is not only for us to open others to His unending grace but for us too, when we feel unworthy of His saving power.  Through God’s little marks on our hearts, we will be reminded to put Him in the center of our lives, to share His goodness in the way we live our faith and to bless the world with His eternal love.


Reflection Song

Say The Word by Hillsong United

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