Kai Del Mundo, Little Whispers

Faith > Doubt

First Reading
MAL 3:1-4, 23-24

Thus says the Lord GOD:
Lo, I am sending my messenger
to prepare the way before me;
And suddenly there will come to the temple
the LORD whom you seek,
And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire.
Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.
But who will endure the day of his coming?
And who can stand when he appears?
For he is like the refiner’s fire,
or like the fuller’s lye.
He will sit refining and purifying silver,
and he will purify the sons of Levi,
Refining them like gold or like silver
that they may offer due sacrifice to the LORD.
Then the sacrifice of Judah and Jerusalem
will please the LORD,
as in the days of old, as in years gone by.

Lo, I will send you
Elijah, the prophet,
Before the day of the LORD comes,
the great and terrible day,
To turn the hearts of the fathers to their children,
and the hearts of the children to their fathers,
Lest I come and strike
the land with doom.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 25:4-5AB, 8-9, 10 AND 14
R. (see Luke 21:28) Lift up your heads and see; your redemption is near at hand.

Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior.
R. Lift up your heads and see; your redemption is near at hand.
Good and upright is the LORD;
thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice,
he teaches the humble his way.
R. Lift up your heads and see; your redemption is near at hand.
All the paths of the LORD are kindness and constancy
toward those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
The friendship of the LORD is with those who fear him,
and his covenant, for their instruction.
R. Lift up your heads and see; your redemption is near at hand.

Gospel
LK 1:57-66

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child
she gave birth to a son.
Her neighbors and relatives heard
that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her,
and they rejoiced with her.
When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child,
they were going to call him Zechariah after his father,
but his mother said in reply,
“No. He will be called John.”
But they answered her,
“There is no one among your relatives who has this name.”
So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called.
He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,”
and all were amazed.
Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed,
and he spoke blessing God.
Then fear came upon all their neighbors,
and all these matters were discussed
throughout the hill country of Judea.
All who heard these things took them to heart, saying,
“What, then, will this child be?
For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.”


 

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So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God. (Luke 1:62-64)

REFLECTION

My name is Ericka. All of us have different stories to tell about our names – it’s meaning and why our parents chose them. As for me, my mom told me that she named me after her “pogi” nurse in the hospital named Eric. Out of curiosity, I googled the definition of my name. It says there that Ericka means ever kingly, splendid or regal.

In the previous Gospel, it tells us the great story of Elizabeth, a barren woman, and her husband Zechariah. They are both old so they thought that they will not bear a child anymore. But then an angel named Gabriel talked to Zechariah and told him that their prayers are answered and that Elizabeth will bear a son and they shall call him John. For doubting the power of the Lord to perform wonders, he was silenced. The angel told him that he will be unable to talk until the day all these things will take place.

At the time they were about to give name to their newborn, all of their friends thought that the baby’s name will be Zechariah Jr, of course after his father. But Elizabeth said that the child will be named John. Zechariah also wrote it in a tablet “John is his name”. He immediately opened his mouth and spoke blessing God.

2 days to go before Christmas and our reading today reminds us the importance of submitting to the Lord and following His ways. Sometimes we want our own ways – what’s more comfortable or what’s convenient. When we are hesitant or arrogant to lift up everything to Him, it is more difficult for us to praise Him. It will be more difficult for us to worship Him and share His greatness to the people around us. Friends, God is telling us to have a faith like Zechariah. He may not know what is about to happen but he was sure that God will work miracles in his life, so he surrendered everything to Him. Elizabeth and Zechariah didn’t know what to name their child and were once in a state of doubt also like some of us. You may have worries right now like what to do after graduation, where to apply for school or work, how to be a more effective church leader, etc., always remember to pause and surrender everything in faith.

Prayer

Lord, thank You for your amazing grace. It may be difficult for some of us to let go of our worldly possessions, pride or fear, but help us to open our hearts to You and to fully allow You to have control of our lives.

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You’re Invited

First Reading
ROM 12:5-16AB

Brothers and sisters:
We, though many, are one Body in Christ
and individually parts of one another.
Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us,
let us exercise them:
if prophecy, in proportion to the faith;
if ministry, in ministering;
if one is a teacher, in teaching;
if one exhorts, in exhortation;
if one contributes, in generosity;
if one is over others, with diligence;
if one does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Let love be sincere;
hate what is evil,
hold on to what is good;
love one another with mutual affection;
anticipate one another in showing honor.
Do not grow slack in zeal,
be fervent in spirit,
serve the Lord.
Rejoice in hope,
endure in affliction,
persevere in prayer.
Contribute to the needs of the holy ones,
exercise hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you,
bless and do not curse them.
Rejoice with those who rejoice,
weep with those who weep.
Have the same regard for one another;
do not be haughty but associate with the lowly.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 131:1BCDE, 2, 3
R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.

O LORD, my heart is not proud,
nor are my eyes haughty;
I busy not myself with great things,
nor with things too sublime for me.
R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.
Nay rather, I have stilled and quieted
my soul like a weaned child.
Like a weaned child on its mother’s lap,
so is my soul within me.
R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.
O Israel, hope in the LORD,
both now and forever.
R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.

Gospel
LK 14:15-24

One of those at table with Jesus said to him,
“Blessed is the one who will dine in the Kingdom of God.”
He replied to him,
“A man gave a great dinner to which he invited many.
When the time for the dinner came,
he dispatched his servant to say to those invited,
‘Come, everything is now ready.’
But one by one, they all began to excuse themselves.
The first said to him,
‘I have purchased a field and must go to examine it;
I ask you, consider me excused.’
And another said, ‘I have purchased five yoke of oxen
and am on my way to evaluate them;
I ask you, consider me excused.’
And another said, ‘I have just married a woman,
and therefore I cannot come.’
The servant went and reported this to his master.
Then the master of the house in a rage commanded his servant,
‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town
and bring in here the poor and the crippled,
the blind and the lame.’
The servant reported, ‘Sir, your orders have been carried out
and still there is room.’
The master then ordered the servant,
‘Go out to the highways and hedgerows
and make people come in that my home may be filled.
For, I tell you, none of those men who were invited will taste my dinner.'”


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“He replied to him, ‘A man gave a great dinner to which he invited many. When the time for the dinner came, he dispatched his servant to say to those invited, ‘Come, everything is now ready.’” (Luke 14:16-17)

REFLECTION
Have you ever been invited to a birthday celebration, a party or a date but you weren’t in the mood for anything and all you want to do is stay home? That’s when you start giving random excuses to your friends, hoping that they will believe you.

1) I have a lot of work to do!
2) I’m not feeling well!
3) Mahirap magcommute/magdrive! (It’s difficult to commute or drive!)

And the list of “excuses” goes on.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus speaks about one of the greatest stories in the Bible. It’s about the Parable of the Great Banquet, where a man prepared an extravagant feast and invited many guests but they began to make excuses and ended up avoiding the celebration. This story reminds us of how Christ invites us into His kingdom. Many times we forget that Jesus always reaches out to us, giving us everything we need and still we choose to ignore and reject Him. You have a choice to accept His invitation or simply refuse it with your excuses.

Friends, let’s always remember that Christ’s invitation and promise of an eternal life is free for all. It is a gift, and a privilege, and all the blessings that come with it is available to all who will come to Him by faith. All you have to do is accept Him in your life. He has prepared everything for you already. Christ may be knocking on your hearts today. Accept His invitation and get ready for His surprises and get ready to be soaked in His grace!

Prayer
Thank you Lord for this great reminder of Your amazing love for us. Thank you for making us feel that we are special for You invited us into Your kingdom. Help us Lord and give us grace that we may accept Your call with a whole heart and with no hesitation. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Question & Answer

First Reading
HG 2:1-9

In the second year of King Darius,
on the twenty-first day of the seventh month,
the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai:
Tell this to the governor of Judah,
Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel,
and to the high priest Joshua, son of Jehozadak,
and to the remnant of the people:

Who is left among you
that saw this house in its former glory?
And how do you see it now?
Does it not seem like nothing in your eyes?
But now take courage, Zerubbabel, says the LORD,
and take courage, Joshua, high priest, son of Jehozadak,
And take courage, all you people of the land,
says the LORD, and work!
For I am with you, says the LORD of hosts.
This is the pact that I made with you
when you came out of Egypt,
And my spirit continues in your midst;
do not fear!
For thus says the LORD of hosts:
One moment yet, a little while,
and I will shake the heavens and the earth,
the sea and the dry land.
I will shake all the nations,
and the treasures of all the nations will come in,
And I will fill this house with glory,
says the LORD of hosts.
Mine is the silver and mine the gold,
says the LORD of hosts.
Greater will be the future glory of this house
than the former, says the LORD of hosts;
And in this place I will give you peace,
says the LORD of hosts!

Responsorial Psalm
PS 43:1, 2, 3, 4
R. (5) Hope in God; I will praise him, my savior and my God.

Do me justice, O God, and fight my fight
against a faithless people;
from the deceitful and impious man rescue me.
R. Hope in God; I will praise him, my savior and my God.
For you, O God, are my strength.
Why do you keep me so far away?
Why must I go about in mourning,
with the enemy oppressing me?
R. Hope in God; I will praise him, my savior and my God.
Send forth your light and your fidelity;
they shall lead me on
And bring me to your holy mountain,
to your dwelling place.
R. Hope in God; I will praise him, my savior and my God.
Then will I go in to the altar of God,
the God of my gladness and joy;
Then will I give you thanks upon the harp,
O God, my God!
R. Hope in God; I will praise him, my savior and my God.

Gospel
LK 9:18-22

Once when Jesus was praying in solitude,
and the disciples were with him,
he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”
They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah;
still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.’”
Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Peter said in reply, “The Christ of God.”
He rebuked them and directed them not to tell this to anyone.

He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.”


answer

“And he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, ‘The Christ of God.'” (Luke 9:20)

REFLECTION
Have you ever experienced looking away from your professor for fear that he might call you during graded recitation? Have you ever experienced being put on the spot? Well, I experienced this few years ago when my teacher unexpectedly called me in front of the class to answer a question and my thoughts were totally scattered. I was speechless and wasn’t able to answer correctly. I felt terrible and I hated that feeling.

In our Gospel today, Jesus was talking to His disciples and asked them what do they think of Him. They had different opinions, different answers. But Peter, quickly answered that “Jesus is the Christ of God.”

Now I ask you, if you were in their position, what would your answer be? Crucial question, isn’t it? Some of you, like me, may be once again, speechless.

Who is Jesus for you? Knowing Jesus is a process of personal discovery. To get to know someone, you must spend time with him/her. Just like with our relationship with Jesus, we also need to spend time with Him through daily prayer time and to get to know Him more through reading the Word. Friends, today’s Gospel is a reminder of who Jesus is in our life. We can experience Jesus daily, through our victories and through our weaknesses. And it is through these encounters that we get to know Him more deeply and be able to answer His question just like Peter did.

Prayer
Thank You Jesus for this great reminder to never stop building our relationship with You. Help us also and use us as Your instruments so we can bring more people closer to You, especially who don’t know You yet. Amen.

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Stop. Look. Listen.

First Reading
RV 11:19A; 12:1-6A, 10AB

God’s temple in heaven was opened,
and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple.

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun,
with the moon under her feet,
and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.
Then another sign appeared in the sky;
it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns,
and on its heads were seven diadems.
Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky
and hurled them down to the earth.
Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth,
to devour her child when she gave birth.
She gave birth to a son, a male child,
destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.
Her child was caught up to God and his throne.
The woman herself fled into the desert
where she had a place prepared by God.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have salvation and power come,
and the Kingdom of our God
and the authority of his Anointed One.”

Responsorial Psalm
PS 45:10, 11, 12, 16
R. (10bc) The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.

The queen takes her place at your right hand in gold of Ophir.
R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
Hear, O daughter, and see; turn your ear,
forget your people and your father’s house.
R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
So shall the king desire your beauty;
for he is your lord.
R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
They are borne in with gladness and joy;
they enter the palace of the king.
R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.

Second Reading
1 COR 15:20-27

Brothers and sisters:
Christ has been raised from the dead,
the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since death came through man,
the resurrection of the dead came also through man.
For just as in Adam all die,
so too in Christ shall all be brought to life,
but each one in proper order:
Christ the firstfruits;
then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ;
then comes the end,
when he hands over the Kingdom to his God and Father,
when he has destroyed every sovereignty
and every authority and power.
For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
The last enemy to be destroyed is death,
for “he subjected everything under his feet.”

Gospel
LK 1:39-56

Mary set out
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
“Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.”

And Mary said:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.”

Mary remained with her about three months
and then returned to her home.


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“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” (Luke 1:45)

REFLECTION
Four days ago I received one of the biggest news of my life. I passed my licensure exam! It was the best feeling ever because finally after several years of studying and hard work, I now have that PTRP (Physical Therapist Registered, Philippines) after my name.

Looking back to three months ago, I was definitely feeling the opposite. Preparing for the boards was not easy. Everything we studied for in our five year course was condensed into four months of intensive review. Sometime during those months, I felt really tired. Extremely exhausted. I kept questioning myself whether I can do it or not. I was so scared to fall short and let down my family and friends. I was very frightened to fail. At that exact moment, I started praying. That lead me to realize that my God is bigger than all my worries. Since that moment, I made a commitment not to let self-doubt take over my life but instead allow God to have full control of what’s going to happen. One morning, as I was reading my Bible, I came across a verse from Romans 8:31 that says “With God on our side like this, how can we lose?”

I got goose bumps. It was the perfect assurance I needed. Not the assurance that I will pass, but the assurance that God will be with me every step of the way. God spoke to me very clearly that He will not abandon me and I continued to cling to that promise. That promise has now led me to passing this licensure exam. When He says it is done, it is done.

Friends, there are times when we get lost somewhere in the middle of a difficult storm in our lives. But sometimes all we have to do is to stop worrying, look at all His blessings around you and listen to Him. In the midst of chaos, we can choose to be silent and allow Him to speak to us. God cares about what’s going in your life. Invite Him into your life and open up the ears of your heart. Listen to Him, maybe He has something to tell you today. ☺

Prayer
Lord thank You for all the blessings you’ve given us. Help us to worry less and pray more. Speak to us and reveal Your message for us today. Amen.

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Equipped

First Reading

DN 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28

King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his lords,
with whom he drank.
Under the influence of the wine,
he ordered the gold and silver vessels
which Nebuchadnezzar, his father,
had taken from the temple in Jerusalem,
to be brought in so that the king, his lords,
his wives and his entertainers might drink from them.
When the gold and silver vessels
taken from the house of God in Jerusalem had been brought in,
and while the king, his lords, his wives and his entertainers
were drinking wine from them,
they praised their gods of gold and silver,
bronze and iron, wood and stone.

Suddenly, opposite the lampstand,
the fingers of a human hand appeared,
writing on the plaster of the wall in the king’s palace.
When the king saw the wrist and hand that wrote, his face blanched;
his thoughts terrified him, his hip joints shook,
and his knees knocked.

Then Daniel was brought into the presence of the king.
The king asked him, “Are you the Daniel, the Jewish exile,
whom my father, the king, brought from Judah?
I have heard that the Spirit of God is in you,
that you possess brilliant knowledge and extraordinary wisdom.
I have heard that you can interpret dreams and solve difficulties;
if you are able to read the writing and tell me what it means,
you shall be clothed in purple,
wear a gold collar about your neck,
and be third in the government of the kingdom.”

Daniel answered the king:
“You may keep your gifts, or give your presents to someone else;
but the writing I will read for you, O king,
and tell you what it means.
You have rebelled against the Lord of heaven.
You had the vessels of his temple brought before you,
so that you and your nobles, your wives and your entertainers,
might drink wine from them;
and you praised the gods of silver and gold,
bronze and iron, wood and stone,
that neither see nor hear nor have intelligence.
But the God in whose hand is your life breath
and the whole course of your life, you did not glorify.
By him were the wrist and hand sent, and the writing set down.

“This is the writing that was inscribed:
MENE, TEKEL, and PERES.
These words mean:
MENE, God has numbered your kingdom and put an end to it;
TEKEL, you have been weighed on the scales and found wanting;
PERES, your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”

Responsorial Psalm

DN 3:62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67

R. (59b) Give glory and eternal praise to him.
“Sun and moon, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
“Stars of heaven, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
“Every shower and dew, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
“All you winds, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
“Fire and heat, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
“Cold and chill, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.

Gospel

LK 21:12-19

Jesus said to the crowd:
“They will seize and persecute you,
they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons,
and they will have you led before kings and governors
because of my name.
It will lead to your giving testimony.
Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand,
for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking
that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.
You will even be handed over by parents,
brothers, relatives, and friends,
and they will put some of you to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.
By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”

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REFLECTION 

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“Everyone will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life.” – Luke 21:17-19
 
 
Have you ever been in an argument with your parents or your best friend? Hard, right? Now, imagine yourself in a middle of an argument with 20 strangers and they’re all against you. Even tougher, right? Honestly, I don’t like quarreling with other people. I used to be (and sometimes I’m still) very impatient and close-minded. I’d rather stay quiet than express and prove my thoughts. But there’s always a better way how God wants us to respond to these kind of situations.
 
In the Gospel, Jesus is teaching us that following Him will not be easy. In this world, no matter how great, smart or rich you are, for some reasons, people will contempt you. You can’t push people to always agree with you. Our ways and beliefs will be mocked over and over and our love for Christ will be ridiculed. The evil will use all means just to keep us away from God and even tempt us to renounce our faith. Dear friends, God gave us the gifts of love, forgiveness, peace and perseverance. Only these things can defeat persecution, hatred and envy. God’s love assures us that there’s no need to fear when people treat us harshly for following His Son for He will always equip us with sufficient strength, grace and courage to take a stand for our faith. It was written in 2 Corinthians 12:19 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Jesus had already won the victory for us for dying on the cross. All we have to do now is to take up our cross each day to follow Him. – Kai Del Mundo (kaidelmundo@yahoo.com)
 
 
 
Listen and Reflect
 
 
 
 
 
 
Prayer
 
Father God, we ask You to equip us with Your strength, courage and wisdom as we continue to proclaim our unyielding faith in You. Amen.
 
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Loud & Proud

First Reading
Rom 4:13, 16-18

Brothers and sisters:
It was not through the law
that the promise was made to Abraham and his descendants
that he would inherit the world,
but through the righteousness that comes from faith.
For this reason, it depends on faith,
so that it may be a gift,
and the promise may be guaranteed to all his descendants,
not to those who only adhere to the law
but to those who follow the faith of Abraham,
who is the father of all of us, as it is written,
I have made you father of many nations.
He is our father in the sight of God,
in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead
and calls into being what does not exist.
He believed, hoping against hope,
that he would become the father of many nations,
according to what was said, Thus shall your descendants be.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 105:6-7, 8-9, 42-43
R. (8a) The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

You descendants of Abraham, his servants,
sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
He, the LORD, is our God;
throughout the earth his judgments prevail.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
He remembers forever his covenant
which he made binding for a thousand generations –
Which he entered into with Abraham
and by his oath to Isaac.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
For he remembered his holy word
to his servant Abraham.
And he led forth his people with joy;
with shouts of joy, his chosen ones.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

Gospel
Lk 12:8-12

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I tell you,
everyone who acknowledges me before others
the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God.
But whoever denies me before others
will be denied before the angels of God.

“Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven,
but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit
will not be forgiven.
When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities,
do not worry about how or what your defense will be
or about what you are to say.
For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.”
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loud REFLECTION

Jesus said to his disciples: “I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God.”

Friend 1: Uy, tara alis tayo sa Saturday!
Me: Uhmm…. Di ako pwede eh. May pupuntahan kasi ako.
Friend 1: Saan?
Me: Ah… Basta somewhere in Makati.

This was a typical conversation I had with some of my friends 4 years ago, back when I was still a new member of my community. My Saturday afternoons are usually spent for worship and fellowship and every time my friends ask me to go out, I was usually hesitant to tell them that I will actually attend a youth prayer meeting. I’m afraid that they will judge me and tease me “Ang banal mo naman!” or “Naks, ikaw ba talaga yan.” Later on, as my relationship with God grew deeper and stronger, I realized that there’s no reason for me not to be proud of acknowledging Him in my life.

There will be times that our faith and beliefs will be ridiculed by some. Just like me, I was tempted to hide and conceal my true Christian identity. But what I learned with my journey with God is that we must never be ashamed to let all people know that we serve, believe and love Christ. We should be proud of Him and His works in our lives in any day and in everything that we do.

My friends, today’s gospel teaches us that we should be bold in our faith, stand firm with what believe in and be ready with the judgment that we will receive from God. He’s not trying to paralyze us with fear but instead, He is motivating us to action. If you’re afraid people will judge your faith, or even the small things like how you dress or talk, then that is not a good kind of fear. Just like what I read recently in a blog post, “The right kind of fear is a fear of God, of what He thinks, of what He commands, of what He expects.” -Kai Del Mundo (kaidelmundo@yahoo.com)

Prayer

Forgive me Father for the times I chose to conceal my true Christian identity and for not acknowledging You in my life. Help me to always listen to Your truth and not to what others will say to me. Amen.

Reflection Question
Are you proud that you are a follower of Christ? If yes, how do you show it?

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Kai Del Mundo, Little Whispers

Flying Solo

First Reading
Ex 2:1-15A

A certain man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman,
who conceived and bore a son.
Seeing that he was a goodly child, she hid him for three months.
When she could hide him no longer, she took a papyrus basket,
daubed it with bitumen and pitch,
and putting the child in it,
placed it among the reeds on the river bank.
His sister stationed herself at a distance
to find out what would happen to him.

Pharaoh’s daughter came down to the river to bathe,
while her maids walked along the river bank.
Noticing the basket among the reeds, she sent her handmaid to fetch it.
On opening it, she looked, and lo, there was a baby boy, crying!
She was moved with pity for him and said,
“It is one of the Hebrews’ children.”
Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter,
“Shall I go and call one of the Hebrew women
to nurse the child for you?”
“Yes, do so,” she answered.
So the maiden went and called the child’s own mother.
Pharaoh’s daughter said to her,
“Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will repay you.”
The woman therefore took the child and nursed it.
When the child grew, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter,
who adopted him as her son and called him Moses;
for she said, “I drew him out of the water.”

On one occasion, after Moses had grown up,
when he visited his kinsmen and witnessed their forced labor,
he saw an Egyptian striking a Hebrew, one of his own kinsmen.
Looking about and seeing no one,
he slew the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
The next day he went out again, and now two Hebrews were fighting!
So he asked the culprit,
“Why are you striking your fellow Hebrew?”
But the culprit replied,
“Who has appointed you ruler and judge over us?
Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?”
Then Moses became afraid and thought,
“The affair must certainly be known.”

Pharaoh, too, heard of the affair and sought to put Moses to death.
But Moses fled from him and stayed in the land of Midian.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 69:3, 14, 30-31, 33-34
R. (see 33) Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.

I am sunk in the abysmal swamp
where there is no foothold;
I have reached the watery depths;
the flood overwhelms me.
R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
But I pray to you, O LORD,
for the time of your favor, O God!
In your great kindness answer me
with your constant help.
R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
But I am afflicted and in pain;
let your saving help, O God, protect me;
I will praise the name of God in song,
and I will glorify him with thanksgiving.
R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
“See, you lowly ones, and be glad;
you who seek God, may your hearts revive!
For the LORD hears the poor,
and his own who are in bonds he spurns not.”
R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.

Gospel
Mt 11:20-24

Jesus began to reproach the towns
where most of his mighty deeds had been done,
since they had not repented.
“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!
For if the mighty deeds done in your midst
had been done in Tyre and Sidon,
they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes.
But I tell you, it will be more tolerable
for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.
And as for you, Capernaum:

Will you be exalted to heaven?
You will go down to the netherworld.

For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Sodom,
it would have remained until this day.
But I tell you, it will be more tolerable
for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”

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July 16

REFLECTION

“Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.” 

Let’s face it. There are times when we feel so burned out we just want to jump off a cliff and shout. There are times when life just keeps punching us and stressing us out. Yes, life is not always easy and pleasant. We have problems in school, work, family, friends, community, finances that suck the life out of us. Our problem list just gets longer and longer; and sometimes we just sit there and do nothing about it. We waste our time thinking of what to do or what problem to solve first. We get so anxious and over-think. Sometimes, I wonder why do we always wait ‘til we’re at the end of our rope before asking for God’s help. Sometimes, we wait ‘til we get our bruises and wounds from a great fall before turning to Him. Maybe some of us doubt God and His abilities of doing the impossible. Maybe some rely too much on their abilities thinking that they know what’s best for them. Or maybe, some forget about His promises of a beautiful future for them. No matter what reasons you have there, bottom-line is, we get too busy and self-centered to see how God is always in every situation we encounter. We get too busy solving problems on our own missing out God’s willingness to help us.

My dear friends, you don’t have to carry and face all your problems alone. Flying solo should never be an option. God is always there beside you, waiting for you to seek Him. Turn to God and surrender everything to Him because if you take one step towards God, He will take twenty steps towards you. He will answer your prayers, help you with your problems and provide for all Your needs. – Kai Del Mundo (kaidelmundo@yahoo.com)

PRAYER

Lord, thank You because despite how busy I am now, You still made me a way for me to realize that I’m not supposed to carry all my problems alone. Thank You for Your never-ending assurance of helping me and providing my needs. Amen.

Reflection Question

What are the things that hinder you from asking God’s help?