Jorel Borromeo, Little Whispers

Wow!

First Reading
IS 35:1-10

The desert and the parched land will exult;
the steppe will rejoice and bloom.
They will bloom with abundant flowers,
and rejoice with joyful song.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to them,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
They will see the glory of the LORD,
the splendor of our God.
Strengthen the hands that are feeble,
make firm the knees that are weak,
Say to those whose hearts are frightened:
Be strong, fear not!
Here is your God,
he comes with vindication;
With divine recompense
he comes to save you.
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened,
the ears of the deaf be cleared;
Then will the lame leap like a stag,
then the tongue of the mute will sing.

Streams will burst forth in the desert,
and rivers in the steppe.
The burning sands will become pools,
and the thirsty ground, springs of water;
The abode where jackals lurk
will be a marsh for the reed and papyrus.
A highway will be there,
called the holy way;
No one unclean may pass over it,
nor fools go astray on it.
No lion will be there,
nor beast of prey go up to be met upon it.
It is for those with a journey to make,
and on it the redeemed will walk.
Those whom the LORD has ransomed will return
and enter Zion singing,
crowned with everlasting joy;
They will meet with joy and gladness,
sorrow and mourning will flee.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 85:9AB AND 10, 11-12, 13-14
R. (Isaiah 35:4f) Our God will come to save us!

I will hear what God proclaims;
the LORD –for he proclaims peace to his people.
Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
glory dwelling in our land.
R. Our God will come to save us!
Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven.
R. Our God will come to save us!
The LORD himself will give his benefits;
our land shall yield its increase.
Justice shall walk before him,
and salvation, along the way of his steps.
R. Our God will come to save us!

Gospel
LK 5:17-26

One day as Jesus was teaching,
Pharisees and teachers of the law,
who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem,
were sitting there,
and the power of the Lord was with him for healing.
And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed;
they were trying to bring him in and set him in his presence.
But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd,
they went up on the roof
and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles
into the middle in front of Jesus.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said,
“As for you, your sins are forgiven.”

Then the scribes and Pharisees began to ask themselves,
“Who is this who speaks blasphemies?
Who but God alone can forgive sins?”
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them in reply,
“What are you thinking in your hearts?
Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’
or to say, ‘Rise and walk’?
But that you may know
that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”–
he said to the one who was paralyzed,
“I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.”

He stood up immediately before them,
picked up what he had been lying on,
and went home, glorifying God.
Then astonishment seized them all and they glorified God,
and, struck with awe, they said,
“We have seen incredible things today.”


little

“We have seen remarkable things today.” (Luke 5:26b)

REFLECTION
This might sound literal but I swear, this happened back when I was 16.

Back when I was auditioning for the Youth Band, I remember sharing something, I told my friends that I can’t see anything good in everything I do. I can’t seem to appreciate the music I make, and even the art I do for school.

By the end of the paneling, I remember one of the panelists challenging me, “For the next 7 days, I challenge you to look for at least 1 amazing thing in each day.” Up to this day, I still practice that challenge. I look for something amazing in the smallest things.

Trust me when I say: God doesn’t fail when it comes to that; A smiling child, my crush, my favorite prof, old friends, new faces, you name it.

As Christmas approaches, Christ (and I) also challenges you with regards to His coming: Look for the amazing things that His glory brings. The Lord is good. All the time.

Prayer
Lord Jesus, let me see your glory. Open my eyes. Open my heart.

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Oy, Direk!

First Reading
ZEC 8:1-8

This word of the LORD of hosts came:

Thus says the LORD of hosts:

I am intensely jealous for Zion,
stirred to jealous wrath for her.
Thus says the LORD:
I will return to Zion,
and I will dwell within Jerusalem;
Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city,
and the mountain of the LORD of hosts,
the holy mountain.

Thus says the LORD of hosts: Old men and old women,
each with staff in hand because of old age,
shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem.
The city shall be filled with boys and girls playing in its streets.
Thus says the LORD of hosts:
Even if this should seem impossible
in the eyes of the remnant of this people,
shall it in those days be impossible in my eyes also,
says the LORD of hosts?
Thus says the LORD of hosts:
Lo, I will rescue my people from the land of the rising sun,
and from the land of the setting sun.
I will bring them back to dwell within Jerusalem.
They shall be my people, and I will be their God,
with faithfulness and justice.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 102:16-18, 19-21, 29 AND 22-23
R. (17) The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.

The nations shall revere your name, O LORD,
and all the kings of the earth your glory,
When the LORD has rebuilt Zion
and appeared in his glory;
When he has regarded the prayer of the destitute,
and not despised their prayer.
R. The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.
Let this be written for the generation to come,
and let his future creatures praise the LORD:
“The LORD looked down from his holy height,
from heaven he beheld the earth,
To hear the groaning of the prisoners,
to release those doomed to die.”
R. The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.
The children of your servants shall abide,
and their posterity shall continue in your presence.
That the name of the LORD may be declared in Zion;
and his praise, in Jerusalem,
When the peoples gather together,
and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.
R. The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.

Gospel
LK 9:46-50

An argument arose among the disciples
about which of them was the greatest.
Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child
and placed it by his side and said to them,
“Whoever receives this child in my name receives me,
and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.
For the one who is least among all of you
is the one who is the greatest.”

Then John said in reply,
“Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name
and we tried to prevent him
because he does not follow in our company.”
Jesus said to him,
“Do not prevent him, for whoever is not against you is for you.”


A yellow person with the symbolic smiley face stands out in a crowd

For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest. (Luke 9:45)

REFLECTION

Recently, my friends and I have been given an indie movie trailer project. I expected myself to be some sort of a grip (one who works on stands and scaffolds in a production), or lighting assistant (one who works on… uh…. Lights), since my friends are more experienced than I am, and I am the least confident among us when it comes to these kinds of work.

To my surprise, I was assigned to a bigger role: Assistant Director.

That means that I have to talk directly to the director, talk to the actors, talk to the crew, manage the time we have, and make sure that every shot is well coordinated. I was overwhelmed by the role, but at the same time, it was a humbling experience.

I had the “pros” guiding me on what to do, on how to manage the people I’m working with, and most of all, to get the job done.

My dear friends, this experience reminds me of today’s little whisper. Being the least doesn’t mean you’re the weakest or worst! It simply means that the Lord sees more room in you to fill with His gifts! So don’t be afraid to embrace your weakness, or being labeled the “least”. Offer it up to the Lord, and surely He will turn you from the least to the greatest.
Prayer

Lord, today, I embrace the fact that I am weak. I offer this weakness in your name, and pray that you turn it around, all for your glory. I claim that in my weakness, your power is made perfect. Amen.

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Iritaaaaa!

First Reading
JOS 3:7-10A, 11, 13-17

The LORD said to Joshua,
“Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel,
that they may know I am with you, as I was with Moses.
Now command the priests carrying the ark of the covenant
to come to a halt in the Jordan
when you reach the edge of the waters.”

So Joshua said to the children of Israel,
“Come here and listen to the words of the LORD, your God.
This is how you will know that there is a living God in your midst,
who at your approach will dispossess the Canaanites.
The ark of the covenant of the LORD of the whole earth
will precede you into the Jordan.
When the soles of the feet of the priests carrying the ark of the LORD,
the Lord of the whole earth,
touch the water of the Jordan, it will cease to flow;
for the water flowing down from upstream will halt in a solid bank.”

The people struck their tents to cross the Jordan,
with the priests carrying the ark of the covenant ahead of them.
No sooner had these priestly bearers of the ark
waded into the waters at the edge of the Jordan,
which overflows all its banks
during the entire season of the harvest,
than the waters flowing from upstream halted,
backing up in a solid mass for a very great distance indeed,
from Adam, a city in the direction of Zarethan;
while those flowing downstream toward the Salt Sea of the Arabah
disappeared entirely.
Thus the people crossed over opposite Jericho.
While all Israel crossed over on dry ground,
the priests carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD
remained motionless on dry ground in the bed of the Jordan
until the whole nation had completed the passage.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 114:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
R. Alleluia!

When Israel came forth from Egypt,
the house of Jacob from a people of alien tongue,
Judah became his sanctuary,
Israel his domain.
R. Alleluia!
The sea beheld and fled;
Jordan turned back.
The mountains skipped like rams,
the hills like the lambs of the flock.
R. Alleluia!
Why is it, O sea, that you flee?
O Jordan, that you turn back?
You mountains, that you skip like rams?
You hills, like the lambs of the flock?
R. Alleluia!

Gospel
MT 18:21–19:1

Peter approached Jesus and asked him,
“Lord, if my brother sins against me,
how often must I forgive him?
As many as seven times?”
Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.
That is why the Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who decided to settle accounts with his servants.
When he began the accounting,
a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount.
Since he had no way of paying it back,
his master ordered him to be sold,
along with his wife, his children, and all his property,
in payment of the debt.
At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said,
‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’
Moved with compassion the master of that servant
let him go and forgave him the loan.
When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants
who owed him a much smaller amount.
He seized him and started to choke him, demanding,
‘Pay back what you owe.’
Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him,
‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’
But he refused.
Instead, he had the fellow servant put in prison
until he paid back the debt.
Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened,
they were deeply disturbed,
and went to their master and reported the whole affair.
His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant!
I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to.
Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant,
as I had pity on you?’
Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers
until he should pay back the whole debt.
So will my heavenly Father do to you,
unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart.”

When Jesus finished these words, he left Galilee
and went to the district of Judea across the Jordan.


annoy

“Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. That is why the Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his servants.” (Matthew 18: 21 -23)

REFLECTION
Everyone has an annoying trait.

I have a friend who picks his nose like it’s nobody’s business. The worst part? He’ll pretend to stick it on you just for laughs! And I swear, it’s freaky especially when done by surprise.

I also have another good friend whose face turns red when she’s happy or kinikilig, and then denies what she’s feeling when it’s so obvious.

My sister’s voice really annoys me when it gets too loud; even if we’re literally 3 feet away from each other. It feels like she’s shouting.

These are just some of those annoying things that people do, and I am sure, I have one (or more) too. But the thing is, you learn how to live with it. It grows on you and somehow, when it’s gone, you’ll miss it.

Love of the Lord goes the same for us. We have all these flaws and shortcomings, but He sees us past that. He remembers that when He created His people, they were created good.

Friends, if you’re having trouble letting the small things that annoy you today, pray for love and forgiveness. If you love people enough, it all becomes easy to let go.

Prayer
Father God, thank you for your patience. Teach me to love just like you.

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Heartbreaks

First Reading
2 COR 4:7-15

Brothers and sisters:
We hold this treasure in earthen vessels,
that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us.
We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained;
perplexed, but not driven to despair;
persecuted, but not abandoned;
struck down, but not destroyed;
always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus,
so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.
For we who live are constantly being given up to death
for the sake of Jesus,
so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

So death is at work in us, but life in you.
Since, then, we have the same spirit of faith,
according to what is written, I believed, therefore I spoke,
we too believe and therefore speak,
knowing that the one who raised the Lord Jesus
will raise us also with Jesus
and place us with you in his presence.
Everything indeed is for you,
so that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people
may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 126:1BC-2AB, 2CD-3, 4-5, 6
R. (5) Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.

When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
we were like men dreaming.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with rejoicing.
R. Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.
Then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us;
we are glad indeed.
R. Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like the torrents in the southern desert.
Those that sow in tears
shall reap rejoicing.
R. Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.
Although they go forth weeping,
carrying the seed to be sown,
They shall come back rejoicing,
carrying their sheaves.
R. Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.

Gospel
MT 20:20-28

The mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons
and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something.
He said to her,
“What do you wish?”
She answered him,
“Command that these two sons of mine sit,
one at your right and the other at your left, in your Kingdom.”
Jesus said in reply,
“You do not know what you are asking.
Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?”
They said to him, “We can.”
He replied,
“My chalice you will indeed drink,
but to sit at my right and at my left, this is not mine to give
but is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”
When the ten heard this,
they became indignant at the two brothers.
But Jesus summoned them and said,
“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them,
and the great ones make their authority over them felt.
But it shall not be so among you.
Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.
Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served
but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”


heartbreak

“For we who live are constantly being given up to death for the sake of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.” (2 Corinthians 4:11)

REFLECTION
We all have our own heartbreak stories, right? Let me tell you my first heartbreak. (it’ll be cheesy and sad, so brace yourself.)

Back in high school, I fell in love with my best friend. We were good together. We felt the same towards each other. We helped each other in keeping our place at the top rank of our section, excelled as a team during school work and activities. We pushed each other to get better until August of 2008. I went to Hong Kong for a week. And to my surprise, she already had a boyfriend when I came back.

Now, from that point, I never stopped asking God these questions:
Why do we experience heartbreaks? Brokenness? Sadness?
Kelangan ba talaga ‘to? Di na kita ma-gets, Lord.

In today’s readings, the Lord is reminding us of the reason why: For we are meant to share and be shared.  We glorify the Lord through sharing our lives with others. We bless others by letting them know that they’re not alone. We experience pain and “death” (figuratively) to grow and have a story to tell.

Friends, if you’re going through something right now, a figurative “death” like sickness, heartbreak, frustration, or questions that you can’t answer, remember that God has a greater purpose for your life. He’s surely getting you through that just as He did with me. By the end of it all, you’ll see that your story is way better than it was in your head.

See yourself as bread; Bread itself is good, but it’s better when it’s broken and shared. – Jorel Borromeo (jorel.borromeo@gmail.com)

Reflection Song

Even If It Hurts (Praise Song) by Hillsong United

Jorel Borromeo, Little Whispers

Turning Pages

First Reading
EX 3:1-6, 9-12

Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian.
Leading the flock across the desert, he came to Horeb,
the mountain of God.
There an angel of the LORD appeared to him in fire
flaming out of a bush.
As he looked on, he was surprised to see that the bush,
though on fire, was not consumed.
So Moses decided,
“I must go over to look at this remarkable sight,
and see why the bush is not burned.”

When the LORD saw him coming over to look at it more closely,
God called out to him from the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
He answered, “Here I am.”
God said, “Come no nearer!
Remove the sandals from your feet,
for the place where you stand is holy ground.
I am the God of your father,” he continued,
“the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.
The cry of the children of Israel has reached me,
and I have truly noted that the Egyptians are oppressing them.
Come, now! I will send you to Pharaoh to lead my people,
the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”

But Moses said to God,
“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh
and lead the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
He answered, “I will be with you;
and this shall be your proof that it is I who have sent you:
when you bring my people out of Egypt,
you will worship God on this very mountain.”

Responsorial Psalm
PS 103:1B-2, 3-4, 6-7
R. (8a) The Lord is kind and merciful.

Bless the LORD, O my soul;
and all my being, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
He pardons all your iniquities,
he heals all your ills.
He redeems your life from destruction,
he crowns you with kindness and compassion.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
The LORD secures justice
and the rights of all the oppressed.
He has made known his ways to Moses,
and his deeds to the children of Israel.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.


Gospel
MT 11:25-27

At that time Jesus exclaimed:
“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”


A collection of Marvel comics

“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, you have revealed them to the childlike.” (Matthew 11:25)

REFLECTION
I love reading comics.

I see magic every time I turn from page to page – like when the Joker totally messed with Superman in Injustice: Gods Among Us. or how the city of New York reacted when they finally knew who Spiderman was or when Wolverine faced the incredible Hulk.

Aside from these characters’ awesome traits and stories, there’s another thing that keeps me excited about comics – the thought of having no idea of what’s on the next page.

It’s the suspense that lets the reader go forward. It keeps you wanting to know more. It makes you excited and terrified at the same time, having a thousand questions of where the story might go or probably leaving you clueless of what’s next.

That’s the beauty of mystery.

Today, you could be in front of a mystery too. An interview? A presentation? A date? Anything could happen in each passing moment. Just as when you’re reading a book, any word or sentence could’ve been written on the other side.

As you turn the page, keep in mind that God’s helping you write a great story. In the current page of your life, enjoy each word. Read slowly. Just as Christ did, thank the Lord for the mysteries in your life.  —Jorel Borromeo (jorel.borromeo@gmail.com)

Prayer
Lord God, I thank you for the mysteries in my life. Grant me faith in your promises that though I may not understand these mysteries, I remember that it is for good. Amen.

Reflection Question
What are mysteries in my life?

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Jorel Borromeo, Little Whispers

Slow Dance

First Reading
2 COR 3:4-11

Brothers and sisters:
Such confidence we have through Christ toward God.
Not that of ourselves we are qualified to take credit
for anything as coming from us;
rather, our qualification comes from God,
who has indeed qualified us as ministers of a new covenant,
not of letter but of spirit;
for the letter brings death, but the Spirit gives life.

Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, was so glorious
that the children of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses
because of its glory that was going to fade,
how much more will the ministry of the Spirit be glorious?
For if the ministry of condemnation was glorious,
the ministry of righteousness will abound much more in glory.
Indeed, what was endowed with glory
has come to have no glory in this respect
because of the glory that surpasses it.
For if what was going to fade was glorious,
how much more will what endures be glorious.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 99:5, 6, 7, 8, 9
R. (see 9c) Holy is the Lord our God.

Extol the LORD, our God,
and worship at his footstool;
holy is he!
R. Holy is the Lord our God.
Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
and Samuel, among those who called upon his name;
they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.
R. Holy is the Lord our God.
From the pillar of cloud he spoke to them;
they heard his decrees and the law he gave them.
R. Holy is the Lord our God.
O LORD, our God, you answered them;
a forgiving God you were to them,
though requiting their misdeeds.
R. Holy is the Lord our God.
Extol the LORD, our God,
and worship at his holy mountain;
for holy is the LORD, our God.
R. Holy is the Lord our God.

Gospel
MT 5:17-19

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,
not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter
will pass from the law,
until all things have taken place.
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments
and teaches others to do so
will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.
But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”


Spirit

“For if what was going to fade was glorious, how much more will what endures be glorious.” (2 Corinthians 3:11)

REFLECTION

I’ve been in the BLD community for more or less than 6 years.

I think it is safe to say that I’ve seen, learned, and experienced lot of things, in and out of it: Knowing people and the Lord, teaching, sharing, learning things in life. I’ve also experienced success, joy, and the greatest of all, falling in love (with the Lord… and others too. *wink*).

What I didn’t expect were heartbreaks and failures.

I’ve seen my heart break in front of me: Failing to graduate on time, losing people and relationships, burning out myself in service. When all of this happened, I thought of quitting.

Based on experience, another thing to expect is to get back on track. It’s neither too late, nor impossible. I did it. I have friends who did it.  I thought those heartbreaks were points of no return. I was wrong.

Remember that life in the Spirit is not easy. It’s a bumpy ride, but it’s guaranteed that you’ll never be alone. That is the reason why the Lord gave us the Holy Spirit. It’s there to see you at your highest points and hug you at your lowest. It’s always there to fix you and remind you that someone will always see you with loving eyes. As said in the first reading, it’s an INSTALLMENT. Life in the Spirit is a progress. Not a single stop.

Just like a slow dance, it has its own twists and turns. There will be times when you’ll stumble and fall. There will be times that music will fade. But a slow dance never loses its spark. – Jorel Borromeo (jorel.borromeo@gmail.com)

Reflection Song

We Dance by Bethel Music

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That Thing Called Tadhana

First Reading
SIR 42:15-25

Now will I recall God’s works;
what I have seen, I will describe.
At God’s word were his works brought into being;
they do his will as he has ordained for them.
As the rising sun is clear to all,
so the glory of the LORD fills all his works;
Yet even God’s holy ones must fail
in recounting the wonders of the LORD,
Though God has given these, his hosts, the strength
to stand firm before his glory.
He plumbs the depths and penetrates the heart;
their innermost being he understands.
The Most High possesses all knowledge,
and sees from of old the things that are to come:
He makes known the past and the future,
and reveals the deepest secrets.
No understanding does he lack;
no single thing escapes him.
Perennial is his almighty wisdom;
he is from all eternity one and the same,
With nothing added, nothing taken away;
no need of a counselor for him!
How beautiful are all his works!
even to the spark and fleeting vision!
The universe lives and abides forever;
to meet each need, each creature is preserved.
All of them differ, one from another,
yet none of them has he made in vain,
For each in turn, as it comes, is good;
can one ever see enough of their splendor?

Responsorial Psalm
PS 33:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
R. (6a) By the word of the Lord the heavens were made.

Give thanks to the LORD on the harp;
with the ten-stringed lyre chant his praises.
Sing to him a new song;
pluck the strings skillfully, with shouts of gladness.
R. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made.
For upright is the word of the LORD
and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full.
R. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made.
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made;
by the breath of his mouth all their host.
He gathers the waters of the sea as in a flask;
in cellars he confines the deep.
R. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made.
Let all the earth fear the LORD;
let all who dwell in the world revere him.
For he spoke, and it was made;
he commanded, and it stood forth.
R. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made.

Gospel
MK 10:46-52

As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd,
Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus,
sat by the roadside begging.
On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth,
he began to cry out and say,
“Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.”
And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent.
But he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me.”
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called the blind man, saying to him,
“Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.”
He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.
Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?”
The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.”
Jesus told him, ‘Go your way; your faith has saved you.”
Immediately he received his sight
and followed him on the way.


different teams

“All of them differ, one from another, yet none of them has He made in vain, for each in turn, as it comes is good; can one ever see enough of their splendor?” (Sirach 42:25)

REFLECTION

Akala ko magaling na ako eh. Marunong lang pala.”  – a line from the hit movie, That Thing Called Tadhana. The lead character said this in reference to his experience upon entering college.

Also, one of the hugot lines I was able to relate with. Back in my freshman years, I always thought that I was, at least, one of the best when it came to sketching and designing. Then I met new friends who drew like professionals and real artists. I felt that my talent has met its end. It felt like there was no more need for it.

Months later, we knew each other better.

Some were good at design and drawing.

Some stepped up at videography and photography.

Some excelled at conceptualization and ideas.

We realized that we were a bunch of people who are gifted differently, and the best part is when we learned how to fill one’s deficiency with another’s specialty.  It also reminded me that the gift I had when I started wasn’t given for nothing. Everything fell right into place within the group. Tadhana nga naman.

As the years have passed, we’ve done several projects combining our talents in and out of school.

People are full of surprises. Some are wise. Some are very smart. Some are incredibly strong. God might have created the person beside you looking for what you can do. Maybe he or she is the person you need right now. You’ll never know what God has in store for you.

See, that’s where we find the purpose of life; with each other. Share what you have. Gifts are better out of a box. – Jorel Borromeo (jorel.borromeo@gmail.com)

Prayer

Father, thank you for blessing me with talents. Please guide me where it is needed. Let it be my instrument to glorify You. Amen.

Reflection Question

Do you know someone who needs you?