Little Whispers, Martina De Guzman

The Value

First Reading
Haggai 1:1-8

On the first day of the sixth month in the second year of King Darius,
The word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai
to the governor of Judah, Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel,
and to the high priest Joshua, son of Jehozadak:

Thus says the LORD of hosts:
This people says:
“The time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the LORD.”
(Then this word of the LORD came through Haggai, the prophet:)
Is it time for you to dwell in your own paneled houses,
while this house lies in ruins?

Now thus says the LORD of hosts:
Consider your ways!
You have sown much, but have brought in little;
you have eaten, but have not been satisfied;
You have drunk, but have not been exhilarated;
have clothed yourselves, but not been warmed;
And whoever earned wages
earned them for a bag with holes in it.

Thus says the LORD of hosts:
Consider your ways!
Go up into the hill country;
bring timber, and build the house
That I may take pleasure in it
and receive my glory, says the LORD.

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

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.
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.
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.

Luke 9:7-9

Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening,
and he was greatly perplexed because some were saying,
“John has been raised from the dead”;
others were saying, “Elijah has appeared”;
still others, “One of the ancient prophets has arisen.”
But Herod said, “John I beheaded.
Who then is this about whom I hear such things?”
And he kept trying to see him.


“Now thus says the LORD of hosts: Reflect on your experience! You have sown much, but have brought in little; you have eaten, but have not been satisfied; You have drunk, but have not become intoxicated; you have clothed yourselves, but have not been warmed; And the hired worker labors for a bag full of holes.” (Haggai 1: 5-6)

“Uy, gusto ko nun!” (I want that!)
“Ma, pwedeng pabili please? Hehe” (Mom, can you buy this for me? Hehe)

These are the words I would always say when I want something, mostly when I don’t have enough money!

I learned the long and hard way on how to save money. I usually spend too much on stuff I don’t need without regard for the things I really need. One day, my mom just snapped and got really mad at me for buying too many things. This is when I started to tell myself that I have to learn how to be happy with the things I already have. It was such a struggle for me to contain my impulsive side; it was hard for me not to buy the things I see and want. I decided to sell baked goodies so I can have money on my own. However, I still didn’t see the value of money. I spent some of it on school things or my expenses with my hang outs and when I go to church, but most of it on things that were just my wants like food, some make up or whatever. After graduation, I decided to take a break from school because I just got tired and the spark of my passion wasn’t there anymore, so I decided to go and explore. I tried working. I tried working. I applied at Concentrix, a call center, thinking that while I was earning, I will learn the value of money. I tried it out and now I currently work and earn my own money.

Through this learning experience, God made me see how valuable things are. He used my mom to inspire me to work hard for the things I want and need. Now that I earn my own money, I have learned how to be content with what I have. It took me a while to be content, but He never gave up on me. Earning and having money is not a bad thing, but when we allow it to control our lives, then it becomes a problem. We must place our value not in material wealth, but in the treasure He has in store for us!

I may not have the best make-up or the yummiest food, as long as I have God by my side, everything will be alright!

Father God, thank you for blessing me with a happy heart mind and soul, thank you for giving me a satisfied heart.



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Little Whispers, Martina De Guzman

Why? Because.

First Reading
Colossians 1:24–2:3

Brothers and sisters:
I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake,
and in my flesh I am filling up
what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ
on behalf of his Body, which is the Church,
of which I am a minister
in accordance with God’s stewardship given to me
to bring to completion for you the word of God,
the mystery hidden from ages and from generations past.
But now it has been manifested to his holy ones,
to whom God chose to make known the riches of the glory
of this mystery among the Gentiles;
it is Christ in you, the hope for glory.
It is he whom we proclaim,
admonishing everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom,
that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.
For this I labor and struggle,
in accord with the exercise of his power working within me.

For I want you to know how great a struggle I am having for you
and for those in Laodicea
and all who have not seen me face to face,
that their hearts may be encouraged
as they are brought together in love,
to have all the richness of assured understanding,
for the knowledge of the mystery of God, Christ,
in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 62:6-7, 9
R.(8) In God is my safety and my glory.

Only in God be at rest, my soul,
for from him comes my hope.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed.
R. In God is my safety and my glory.
Trust in him at all times, O my people!
Pour out your hearts before him;
God is our refuge!
R. In God is my safety and my glory.

Luke 6:6-11

On a certain sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and taught,
and there was a man there whose right hand was withered.
The scribes and the Pharisees watched him closely
to see if he would cure on the sabbath
so that they might discover a reason to accuse him.
But he realized their intentions
and said to the man with the withered hand,
“Come up and stand before us.”
And he rose and stood there.
Then Jesus said to them,
“I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the sabbath
rather than to do evil,
to save life rather than to destroy it?”
Looking around at them all, he then said to him,
“Stretch out your hand.”
He did so and his hand was restored.
But they became enraged
and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.


“For this I labor and struggle, in accord with the exercise of his power working within me.” (Colossians 1:29)

I grew up having a wall between me and the world. I show the people around me that I am okay, but little did my family and friends know that I was depressed. I say “I’m okay”, but I mean the opposite.

I never had the guts to tell anyone because of the fear of judgement and rejection. I felt that they would never understand what I am going through. But it felt lonely to fight depression by myself, so I tried to open up somewhat to my family. It didn’t go well because my family and I just misunderstood each other. We all said words that made my situation worse. I started to question Him, to the point of asking, “Bakit, Lord? Ano nagawa ko para mangyari ‘tong mga nangyayari sa akin?” (Why, Lord? What did I do to deserve all these horrible things?)

After a few months, my cousin, Mik, invited me to join her in a prayer meeting with BLD Youth Manila! I said yes and this was where it all changed for me. My first year in BLD was spent in experiencing the Youth Life In The Spirit Seminar, Youth Camp and the Youth Encounter — these helped me see that all along, Jesus was beside me. All the things I learned in BLD helped me build up the courage to seek professional help, and I did. I was able to go to a therapist, and for my last session, I felt the need to have my family there. This helped them see the situation I am in, and for me to understand them as well.

God was preparing me for the ending of a sad chapter in my life, as He open a new one. Before I turned to God, I was hurting because I believed I was alone, but Jesus showed me that I never was; that He was always with me. The pains of my past weren’t there to hurt me, rather they helped me see that Jesus is the only person that can save me.

All the obstacles and trials I had to go through made me stronger, made me who I am today, and I could never have done it without Him.

Reflection Song

Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace) by Hillsong UNITED



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