Kyla Bulabos, Little Whispers

Aspiring Artist

First Reading
Isaiah 11:1-10
On that day,
A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,
and from his roots a bud shall blossom.
The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:
a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
A Spirit of counsel and of strength,
a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD,
and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.
Not by appearance shall he judge,
nor by hearsay shall he decide,
But he shall judge the poor with justice,
and decide aright for the land’s afflicted.
He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
Justice shall be the band around his waist,
and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.

Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
The calf and the young lion shall browse together,
with a little child to guide them.
The cow and the bear shall be neighbors,
together their young shall rest;
the lion shall eat hay like the ox.
The baby shall play by the cobra’s den,
and the child lay his hand on the adder’s lair.
There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD,
as water covers the sea.

On that day,
The root of Jesse,
set up as a signal for the nations,
The Gentiles shall seek out,
for his dwelling shall be glorious.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
R.(see 7) Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
O God, with your judgment endow the king,
and with your justice, the king’s son;
He shall govern your people with justice
and your afflicted ones with judgment.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
Justice shall flower in his days,
and profound peace, till the moon be no more.
May he rule from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
He shall rescue the poor when he cries out,
and the afflicted when he has no one to help him.
He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor;
the lives of the poor he shall save.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
May his name be blessed forever;
as long as the sun his name shall remain.
In him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed;
all the nations shall proclaim his happiness.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

Gospel
Luke 10:21-24
Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,
“I give you praise, 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 who the Son is except the Father,
and who the Father is except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

Turning to the disciples in private he said,
“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.
For I say to you,
many prophets and kings desired to see what you see,
but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”


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“… ‘Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.'” (Luke 10:23-24)

REFLECTION
I’ve always wanted to learn how to draw and be creative, but I guess fate doesn’t want me to. During my 15 years of studying, from nursery to present, art classes never excited me because I know to myself that I don’t know how to excel in this area of learning.  I was so desperate to pass this subject that I had to seek help from my father during my younger years and my younger brother who was gifted with this talent. Imagine, a high school student asking help from her grade school sibling!

As a young kid, I would always ask my parents to buy me the 64 crayon set from Crayola, a complete set of watercolor, glitter pens, a drawing book, stencils, and all the artsy stuff that I would want to have but will just leave it slightly used because I would just get frustrated of my artworks. There was a time when I cried because my friends laughed at my artwork jokingly. Of course, I got hurt even though it was a joke because I know I did my best and gave effort in doing that. But then and again, it does not look like an artwork of a senior high school student.

I would always say “Sana magaling nalang ako magdrawing” (“How I wish I am a good artist”) or “Lord, pahingi naman talent sa drawing” (“Lord, please give me a talent in drawing”) but later on realized that God has given me a different talent wherein I excel and which I can use to bless other people. Like me, others would most likely ask and pray to have a talent like mine. But my dear friends, let us keep in mind that we need to learn how to appreciate what God has given us in whatever form it is.

Like in today’s gospel, Jesus said Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it. We as humans cannot have everything we hope and desire of, but Jesus wants us to remain humble and just be thankful and grateful of what He has given us.

Prayer
Dear Jesus, I thank You for all the blessings that You have given me. Lord, teach me how to appreciate everything that I may know how to use them and in order to be Jesus to other people, Amen.

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Glossophobia

First Reading
2 Maccabees 7:1, 20-31
It happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrested
and tortured with whips and scourges by the king,
to force them to eat pork in violation of God’s law.

Most admirable and worthy of everlasting remembrance was the mother,
who saw her seven sons perish in a single day,
yet bore it courageously because of her hope in the Lord.
Filled with a noble spirit that stirred her womanly heart with manly courage,
she exhorted each of them
in the language of their ancestors with these words:
“I do not know how you came into existence in my womb;
it was not I who gave you the breath of life,
nor was it I who set in order
the elements of which each of you is composed.
Therefore, since it is the Creator of the universe
who shapes each man’s beginning,
as he brings about the origin of everything,
he, in his mercy,
will give you back both breath and life,
because you now disregard yourselves for the sake of his law.”

Antiochus, suspecting insult in her words,
thought he was being ridiculed.
As the youngest brother was still alive, the king appealed to him,
not with mere words, but with promises on oath,
to make him rich and happy if he would abandon his ancestral customs:
he would make him his Friend
and entrust him with high office.
When the youth paid no attention to him at all,
the king appealed to the mother,
urging her to advise her boy to save his life.
After he had urged her for a long time,
she went through the motions of persuading her son.
In derision of the cruel tyrant,
she leaned over close to her son and said in their native language:
“Son, have pity on me, who carried you in my womb for nine months,
nursed you for three years, brought you up,
educated and supported you to your present age.
I beg you, child, to look at the heavens and the earth
and see all that is in them;
then you will know that God did not make them out of existing things;
and in the same way the human race came into existence.
Do not be afraid of this executioner,
but be worthy of your brothers and accept death,
so that in the time of mercy I may receive you again with them.”

She had scarcely finished speaking when the youth said:
“What are you waiting for?
I will not obey the king’s command.
I obey the command of the law given to our fathers through Moses.
But you, who have contrived every kind of affliction for the Hebrews,
will not escape the hands of God.”

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 17:1BCD, 5-6, 8B AND 15
R.(15b) Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.
Hear, O LORD, a just suit;
attend to my outcry;
hearken to my prayer from lips without deceit.
R. Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.
My steps have been steadfast in your paths,
my feet have not faltered.
I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
incline your ear to me; hear my word.
R. Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.
Keep me as the apple of your eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings.
But I in justice shall behold your face;
on waking, I shall be content in your presence.
R. Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.

Gospel
Luke 19:11-28
While people were listening to Jesus speak,
he proceeded to tell a parable because he was near Jerusalem
and they thought that the Kingdom of God
would appear there immediately.
So he said,
“A nobleman went off to a distant country
to obtain the kingship for himself and then to return.
He called ten of his servants and gave them ten gold coins
and told them, ‘Engage in trade with these until I return.’
His fellow citizens, however, despised him
and sent a delegation after him to announce,
‘We do not want this man to be our king.’
But when he returned after obtaining the kingship,
he had the servants called, to whom he had given the money,
to learn what they had gained by trading.
The first came forward and said,
‘Sir, your gold coin has earned ten additional ones.’
He replied, ‘Well done, good servant!
You have been faithful in this very small matter;
take charge of ten cities.’
Then the second came and reported,
‘Your gold coin, sir, has earned five more.’
And to this servant too he said,
‘You, take charge of five cities.’
Then the other servant came and said,
‘Sir, here is your gold coin;
I kept it stored away in a handkerchief,
for I was afraid of you, because you are a demanding man;
you take up what you did not lay down
and you harvest what you did not plant.’
He said to him,
‘With your own words I shall condemn you,
you wicked servant.
You knew I was a demanding man,
taking up what I did not lay down
and harvesting what I did not plant;
why did you not put my money in a bank?
Then on my return I would have collected it with interest.’
And to those standing by he said,
‘Take the gold coin from him
and give it to the servant who has ten.’
But they said to him,
‘Sir, he has ten gold coins.’
He replied, ‘I tell you,
to everyone who has, more will be given,
but from the one who has not,
even what he has will be taken away.
Now as for those enemies of mine who did not want me as their king,
bring them here and slay them before me.'”

After he had said this,
he proceeded on his journey up to Jerusalem.


Glossophobia

“He replied, ‘I tell you, to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.’” (Luke 19:26)

REFLECTION
Being the shy person that I am, I never thought that I would be able to lead worship, sing, and speak in front of many people. Glossophobia is defined as the fear of public speaking. I always hated speaking in front because it makes me weak, tremble, and anxious at all times. Whenever I am in front, I just feel like my mind stops and I cannot think of anything right. As a kid, my parents would always get mad at me every time I tell them that I don’t want to sing alone and speak in front of people because I’m too shy to do it.

As I grew older, circumstances came wherein I had no choice but to do the things that I don’t usually do. I had school performance tasks which included extemporaneous speeches, memorized speeches, graded recitation, and many more and I really can’t understand why I am too scared to do things like these.

When I was tapped to be the worship leader in BLD Youth for the first time, my first question in mind was “Kaya ko ba? Baka matulala lang ako sa harap.” (“Can I do it? I might just space out in front.”) but God whispered to me and said that I’ll never know unless I try. To cut it short, I said yes and lead worship for the first time. Right after that, more opportunities came. I became part of the student council, I was asked to lead worship in our school, and more. One day, a schoolmate approached me and told me that I am actually a good speaker and she wants to hear more of me soon. Right at that moment, I realized that I can actually bless other people with my greatest fear.

I did not know that the thing that I’ve always been insecure of will serve as a blessing to other people. My greatest fear turned out to be my greatest weapon—my strength. Similarly in today’s readings, God only asks us to utilize and spread what we have in order to bless ourselves and other people more.

Prayer
Dear Lord, teach me how to be more like You. Continue to guide me as I use Your gifts in order to be a blessing to other people. This we ask in Your most holy name, Amen.

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Passion

First Reading
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

You yourselves know, brothers and sisters,
that our reception among you was not without effect.
Rather, after we had suffered and been insolently treated,
as you know, in Philippi,
we drew courage through our God
to speak to you the Gospel of God with much struggle.
Our exhortation was not from delusion or impure motives,
nor did it work through deception.
But as we were judged worthy by God to be entrusted with the Gospel,
that is how we speak,
not as trying to please men,
but rather God, who judges our hearts.
Nor, indeed, did we ever appear with flattering speech, as you know,
or with a pretext for greed–God is witness–
nor did we seek praise from men,
either from you or from others,
although we were able to impose our weight as Apostles of Christ.
Rather, we were gentle among you,
as a nursing mother cares for her children.
With such affection for you, we were determined to share with you
not only the Gospel of God, but our very selves as well,
so dearly beloved had you become to us.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 139:1-3, 4-6
R.(1) You have searched me and you know me, Lord.

O LORD, you have probed me and you know me;
you know when I sit and when I stand;
you understand my thoughts from afar.
My journeys and my rest you scrutinize,
with all my ways you are familiar.
R. You have searched me and you know me, Lord.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O LORD, you know the whole of it.
Behind me and before, you hem me in
and rest your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
too lofty for me to attain.
R. You have searched me and you know me, Lord.

Gospel
Matthew 23:23-26

Jesus said:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin,
and have neglected the weightier things of the law:
judgment and mercy and fidelity.
But these you should have done, without neglecting the others.
Blind guides, who strain out the gnat and swallow the camel!

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You cleanse the outside of cup and dish,
but inside they are full of plunder and self-indulgence.
Blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup,
so that the outside also may be clean.”


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“…we were determined to share with you not only the Gospel of God, but our very selves as well…” (1 Thessalonians 2:8)

REFLECTION
Growing up, I became exposed to the world of Performing Arts. I have been a member of our school’s chorale since 2010 and being a choir member requires going home late on school days because of rehearsals, being pulled out from classes, Saturday practices instead of staying at home or going out, missing a lot of gatherings, and having performances even on Sundays.

As a student-performer, hearing affirmations from people is not new to my ears. Not only that, I have also become prone to hearing hate comments. At first, it made me anxious and insecure of what I do. A lot of “why’s” were asked. I became very conscious about what other people would say about us whenever we perform.

As time went by, and by the grace of God, a lot of opportunities were given to us such as winning in international competitions, having our debut performance at CCP, singing OSTs with famous artists for teleseryes, and many more. With that, I was able to realize it doesn’t matter what others have to say as long as you keep that fire burning in your heart and you’re not stepping on others. “Sing, serve, inspire” as our choir motto says.

Like in our lives, we do things that cannot be seen by others and we call them our unguarded moments. We sometimes do things that might not please others, but friends, we must always keep in mind that everything that we do can be seen by God. Even if we feel that no one appreciates us and no one sees us, God does.

He gave us gifts and talents in order to become blessings to people around us, and we must use them in our own unique way. Passion is what we have, and God is witness. This is our service, and by sharing ourselves to others, we also share God’s message.

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Glitters

First Reading
IS 26:1-6
On that day they will sing this song in the land of Judah:

“A strong city have we;
he sets up walls and ramparts to protect us.
Open up the gates
to let in a nation that is just,
one that keeps faith.
A nation of firm purpose you keep in peace;
in peace, for its trust in you.”

Trust in the LORD forever!
For the LORD is an eternal Rock.
He humbles those in high places,
and the lofty city he brings down;
He tumbles it to the ground,
levels it with the dust.
It is trampled underfoot by the needy,
by the footsteps of the poor.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 118:1 AND 8-9, 19-21, 25-27A
R. (26a) Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in princes.
R. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Open to me the gates of justice;
I will enter them and give thanks to the LORD.
This gate is the LORD’s;
the just shall enter it.
I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me
and have been my savior.
R. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
O LORD, grant salvation!
O LORD, grant prosperity!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD;
we bless you from the house of the LORD.
The LORD is God, and he has given us light.
R. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Gospel
MT 7:21, 24-27
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’
will enter the Kingdom of heaven,
but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them
will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.
The rain fell, the floods came,
and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.
And everyone who listens to these words of mine
but does not act on them
will be like a fool who built his house on sand.
The rain fell, the floods came,
and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”


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“The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.”

REFLECTION

I have a friend who loves glitters. She is an angel in disguise and she made my life a shining, shimmering and a splendid one.

4 years ago, she was diagnosed with cancer but she defeated it. Last summer, I saw her pictures with her family in China. They were on a vacation because her sister graduated from grade school. When school began last June 29, I did not see her around St. Paul anymore, I thought that she transferred into another school but to my surprise, I saw her sister. At some time in August, we learned that her cancer was revived. I immediately messaged her and comforted her, after a few days she replied and said “thank you” & “mag-pray lang talaga palagi”. October came and unfortunately, she passed away. During her eulogy, her mom said a statement that strucked me the most. She said, “Frankie loves glitters so much and I think she saw it on God’s hands that’s why she followed Him.”

She grew up in St. Paul and I can say that she inherited the attitude our patron saint had. She had fought a good fight, she had kept the faith, and she had finished the race. Her faith, trust and courage made her the strongest one, that even though problems and trials come to her life, she won’t complain and just hold on instead.

In today’s Gospel, the rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house, but it did not collapse because it had been set solidly on rock. God is the rock and we are the house. In life, we should have God as our foundation. We should trust, be faithful and put Him at the center of our lives for he is our strength and He is the reason why we are living here on Earth.

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