Isay Borromeo, Little Whispers

Labor of Love

First Reading
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5, 8B-10

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy to the Church of the Thessalonians
in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
grace to you and peace.

We give thanks to God always for all of you,
remembering you in our prayers,
unceasingly calling to mind your work of faith and labor of love
and endurance in hope of our Lord Jesus Christ,
before our God and Father,
knowing, brothers and sisters loved by God, how you were chosen.
For our Gospel did not come to you in word alone,
but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with much conviction.
You know what sort of people we were among you for your sake.
In every place your faith in God has gone forth,
so that we have no need to say anything.
For they themselves openly declare about us
what sort of reception we had among you,
and how you turned to God from idols
to serve the living and true God and to await his Son from heaven,
whom he raised from the dead, Jesus,
who delivers us from the coming wrath.

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

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.
or:
R. Alleluia.

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.
or:
R. Alleluia.

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.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Gospel
Matthew 23:13-22

Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You lock the Kingdom of heaven before men.
You do not enter yourselves,
nor do you allow entrance to those trying to enter.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You traverse sea and land to make one convert,
and when that happens you make him a child of Gehenna
twice as much as yourselves.

“Woe to you, blind guides, who say,
‘If one swears by the temple, it means nothing,
but if one swears by the gold of the temple, one is obligated.’
Blind fools, which is greater, the gold,
or the temple that made the gold sacred?
And you say, ‘If one swears by the altar, it means nothing,
but if one swears by the gift on the altar, one is obligated.’
You blind ones, which is greater, the gift,
or the altar that makes the gift sacred?
One who swears by the altar swears by it and all that is upon it;
one who swears by the temple swears by it
and by him who dwells in it;
one who swears by heaven swears by the throne of God
and by him who is seated on it.”


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“We give thanks to God always for all of you, remembering you in our prayers, unceasingly calling to mind your work of faith and labor of love and endurance in hope of our Lord Jesus Christ…” (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3)

REFLECTION
Ever since I was a kid, it had always been my dream to help others. It was also my dream to be doctor. I just really loved helping others that time.

Way back when I entered college, I also started my career in doing voluntary work. I was introduced to this well known humanitarian organization, Philippine Red Cross. I have been an active volunteer since 2014. When people talk to me about what I do, I would only answer “Salamat po,” or “Thank you po.” Some would ask me of what I get, and say “yun lang?” (“only that?”) and I would answer “oo naman” (“Yes”).

Years have passed by, and I ask myself again, “What do I get from this?” It was answered by one of the things I experienced in my work. I was called in to a trauma emergency. I arrived at scene and did the usual things we had to do. Little did I know, the patient was in a life and death situation. The next thing I remember was that I was performing a Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation. I recall myself whispering a prayer. 

When we arrived at the hospital, me and my colleague still put the best that we can. Later on, the doctor asked us to stop performing CPR as the patient has been revived.

Brothers and sisters, today we are reminded that we are all chosen by the Lord. We are endlessly called by Him through the labor of our love. Sometimes we may not receive anything in exchange of what we do, and we may not be able to see what is in store for us, but surely the God has already blessed the work of our hands.

Reflection Song

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