Little Whispers, TJ Dizon

The Bigger Picture

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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“For this reason, it depends on faith, so that it may be a gift, and the promise may be guaranteed to all his descendants…” (Romans 4:16)

REFLECTION
I love to reminisce.

If there’s one thing that only a few people know about me, it’s that I love recalling the precious memories of my life. Before I sleep, I would find myself looking at pictures and videos of my past memories, most especially the happy ones. It would always remind me of that wonderful feeling or that laughter I had in a moment. I remember these memories especially when I feel down or bad about myself. I recall the times when I did good; the moments when I felt that I’m a better person.

I believe that God sees what we don’t always see. This is how God works when we sin or lack faith in Him. He looks at the bigger picture. He looks at the full version of us, and not bit by bit. In fact, He sees everything about you and sees hope in the big picture. God does not need to reminisce. He always finds something beautiful in us.

You are more beautiful than you think.

Prayer
Lord, I am sorry for all of my sins. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for always lifting me and giving me the hope that I need. Amen.

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Little Whispers, TJ Dizon

Gotta Love Mondays

First Reading
JGS 2:11-19

The children of Israel offended the LORD by serving the Baals.
Abandoning the LORD, the God of their fathers,
who led them out of the land of Egypt,
they followed the other gods of the various nations around them,
and by their worship of these gods provoked the LORD.

Because they had thus abandoned him and served Baal and the Ashtaroth,
the anger of the LORD flared up against Israel,
and he delivered them over to plunderers who despoiled them.
He allowed them to fall into the power of their enemies round about
whom they were no longer able to withstand.
Whatever they undertook, the LORD turned into disaster for them,
as in his warning he had sworn he would do,
till they were in great distress.
Even when the LORD raised up judges to deliver them
from the power of their despoilers,
they did not listen to their judges,
but abandoned themselves to the worship of other gods.
They were quick to stray from the way their fathers had taken,
and did not follow their example of obedience
to the commandments of the LORD.
Whenever the LORD raised up judges for them, he would be with the judge
and save them from the power of their enemies
as long as the judge lived;
it was thus the LORD took pity on their distressful cries
of affliction under their oppressors.
But when the judge died,
they would relapse and do worse than their ancestors,
following other gods in service and worship,
relinquishing none of their evil practices or stubborn conduct.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 106:34-35, 36-37, 39-40, 43AB AND 44
R. (4a) Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.

They did not exterminate the peoples,
as the LORD had commanded them,
But mingled with the nations
and learned their works.
R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
They served their idols,
which became a snare for them.
They sacrificed their sons
and their daughters to demons.
R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
They became defiled by their works,
and wanton in their crimes.
And the LORD grew angry with his people,
and abhorred his inheritance.
R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
Many times did he rescue them,
but they embittered him with their counsels.
Yet he had regard for their affliction
when he heard their cry.
R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.

Gospel
MT 19:16-22

A young man approached Jesus and said,
“Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?”
He answered him, “Why do you ask me about the good?
There is only One who is good.
If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
He asked him, “Which ones?”
And Jesus replied, “You shall not kill;
you shall not commit adultery;
you shall not steal;
you shall not bear false witness;
honor your father and your mother;
and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
The young man said to him,
“All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?”
Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go,
sell what you have and give to the poor,
and you will have treasure in heaven.
Then come, follow me.”
When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad,
for he had many possessions.


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“Jesus said to him, ‘If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.'” (Matthew 19: 21)

REFLECTION
I used to hate Mondays.

I hated having a Sunday movie night with my family, then realizing that I would have to wake up early in the morning just to face reality in school. I would always remember all the times that I had to skip family dinners because I had lots of things due for the week. (If you are still wondering what kind of website this is, let me remind you that it is an inspirational website of sorts.)

However, as time passed, I realized the importance of Monday. Monday is the start of something new. I realized that I am too negative about Monday. Mondays can be good or bad, depending on how I viewed it.

Remember that bad week you had? All the piled up school works and projects? No matter how bad it may have been, remember that every Monday, you get a brand new start. It is the start of an opportunity to bless and be blessed. It is a chance to start a meaningful life. Don’t let your week start with negativity, rather, start it with joy, claiming that you will receive all of God’s blessings, and helping out those who are in need.

Claiming that you will be the best version of yourself! Start the best week of your life! May you have a meaningful Monday!

Prayer
Lord, thank you for inspiring me to live the life that you have given me. I pray that this week will be better than my previous weeks. I claim that this is my brand new start and that I will receive all your blessings. And that I may be an answered prayer to somebody today. Amen.

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The People’s Champ

First Reading
2 COR 11:18, 21-30

Brothers and sisters:
Since many boast according to the flesh, I too will boast.
To my shame I say that we were too weak!

But what anyone dares to boast of
(I am speaking in foolishness)
I also dare.
Are they Hebrews? So am I.
Are they children of Israel? So am I.
Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I.
Are they ministers of Christ?
(I am talking like an insane person).
I am still more, with far greater labors,
far more imprisonments, far worse beatings,
and numerous brushes with death.
Five times at the hands of the Jews
I received forty lashes minus one.
Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned,
three times I was shipwrecked,
I passed a night and a day on the deep;
on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers,
dangers from robbers, dangers from my own race,
dangers from Gentiles, dangers in the city,
dangers in the wilderness, dangers at sea,
dangers among false brothers;
in toil and hardship, through many sleepless nights,
through hunger and thirst, through frequent fastings,
through cold and exposure.
And apart from these things, there is the daily pressure upon me
of my anxiety for all the churches.
Who is weak, and I am not weak?
Who is led to sin, and I am not indignant?

If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
R. (see 18b) From all their distress God rescues the just.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.
R. From all their distress God rescues the just.
Glorify the LORD with me,
let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
R. From all their distress God rescues the just.
Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him.
R. From all their distress God rescues the just.

Gospel
MT 6:19-23

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal.
But store up treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

“The lamp of the body is the eye.
If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light;
but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness.
And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.”


Manny

“If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.” (2 Corinthians 11:30)

REFLECTION

Yes, the ultimate boxing icon in the world! I just want to take this time and appreciate Manny. I must admit, I am a huge fan.  And in what I have seen, which I think is obvious to any fan, is that his greatest weakness is his size. Most of his opponents are twice his size and they look down on him as if they can just step on him. This is what made him special. It was his weakness. Instead of whining how small he is, he used that weakness as his advantage. Being small makes him faster than his opponents and gives him an easy target. His weakness became his strength.

Manny is always consistent about telling people how God turned him into what kind of person he is today. And just like him, we also have our own weaknesses. The weakest point of my life was when my mom passed away four years ago. I was so down, so weak. However, God did not let that to be the end of who I am. He even used the weakest point of my life to be my turning point. We became closer as a family and I learned to live life to the fullest.

You may have your own weaknesses but let me tell you that God knows you do. He knows exactly how He created you and where you may have your struggles. And what makes life great is that He accepts you for who you are and what you are. All because He knows He can bless you from where you are.

Be proud of whatever weaknesses you may have for in those weaknesses, Jesus will make you strong . –TJ Dizon (raphael.dizon77@gmail.com)

Prayer

Father, I surrender my weakness to Your wonderful plan. I know one day, this will be the source of my strength and this will make me love You more. Amen

Reflection Question

What were my weaknesses that made me a stronger person?

Little Whispers, TJ Dizon

Inspired. Moved. Loved.

First Reading
Acts 18:23-28

After staying in Antioch some time,
Paul left and traveled in orderly sequence
through the Galatian country and Phrygia,
bringing strength to all the disciples.

A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria,
an eloquent speaker, arrived in Ephesus.
He was an authority on the Scriptures.
He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and,
with ardent spirit, spoke and taught accurately about Jesus,
although he knew only the baptism of John.
He began to speak boldly in the synagogue;
but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him,
they took him aside
and explained to him the Way of God more accurately.
And when he wanted to cross to Achaia,
the brothers encouraged him
and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him.
After his arrival he gave great assistance
to those who had come to believe through grace.
He vigorously refuted the Jews in public,
establishing from the Scriptures that the Christ is Jesus.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 47:2-3, 8-9, 10
R. (8a) God is king of all the earth.
or:
R. Alleluia.

All you peoples, clap your hands;
shout to God with cries of gladness.
For the LORD, the Most High, the awesome,
is the great king over all the earth.
R. God is king of all the earth.
or:
R. Alleluia.

For king of all the earth is God;
sing hymns of praise.
God reigns over the nations,
God sits upon his holy throne.
R. God is king of all the earth.
or:
R. Alleluia.

The princes of the peoples are gathered together
with the people of the God of Abraham.
For God’s are the guardians of the earth;
he is supreme.
R. God is king of all the earth.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Gospel
John 16:23B-28

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
Until now you have not asked anything in my name;
ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

“I have told you this in figures of speech.
The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures
but I will tell you clearly about the Father.
On that day you will ask in my name,
and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you.
For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me
and have come to believe that I came from God.
I came from the Father and have come into the world.
Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”


  

 

whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you (John16: 23)


REFLECTION

Salubungan na” were the two words that came out of my mouth before I went into our regular venue. Salubungan is the day when we welcome the lambs (participants) of the Youth Life in the Spirit Seminar (YLSS).  


As I entered the room, I saw everyone as excited and eager as I am. Everything seems to be smooth except for one thing: There were no participants who came. 


Nervous. Unworthy. Alone.


Those were the three things that I felt. I felt nervous that we won’t have any participant in the YLSS. I felt unworthy. I thought maybe it was my fault that I lacked something to encourage people to join our community. Alone, just because I thought God left me hanging.  At the end of our Worship, I felt that God wants to do something. So I gathered the Working Team, had an intimate session. We recalled our own YLSS, service experience and our YLSS preparation. We ended the session with a short worship. 


Assured. Secured. Saved.


Those were the three things I felt after our meeting. I was reminded that God is with me and surrounded me with wonderful, anointed and lovable servants. He has already won the victory!


Two weeks ago, 55 lambs surrendered their lives to Christ. More than a hundred people served and participated in the YLSS! Week by week after Salubungan, God provided everything and I had a new YLSS experience I would never forget. 


I just love each and every person, each memory in that picture.  Inspired. Moved. Loved.  –The picture above says it all. –TJ Dizon (Raphael.dizon77@gmail.com


Prayer

Lord, may I learn to ask without any hesitation. Amen.


Reflection Question

Why do I hesitate to ask from God?

Little Whispers, TJ Dizon

Rise and Shine

First Reading
Acts 10:34, 37-43

Peter proceeded to speak and said:
“You know what has happened all over Judea,
beginning in Galilee after the baptism
that John preached,
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
with the Holy Spirit and power.
He went about doing good
and healing all those oppressed by the devil,
for God was with him.
We are witnesses of all that he did
both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem.
They put him to death by hanging him on a tree.
This man God raised on the third day and granted that he be visible,
not to all the people, but to us,
the witnesses chosen by God in advance,
who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.
He commissioned us to preach to the people
and testify that he is the one appointed by God
as judge of the living and the dead.
To him all the prophets bear witness,
that everyone who believes in him
will receive forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23
R. (24) This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
Let the house of Israel say,
“His mercy endures forever.”
R. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
or:
R. Alleluia.

“The right hand of the LORD has struck with power;
the right hand of the LORD is exalted.
I shall not die, but live,
and declare the works of the LORD.”
R. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
or:
R. Alleluia.

The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.
R. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Second Reading
Colossians 3:1-4

Brothers and sisters:
If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ your life appears,
then you too will appear with him in glory.

Or
1 Corinthians 5:6-8

Brothers and sisters:
Do you not know that a little yeast leavens all the dough?
Clear out the old yeast,
so that you may become a fresh batch of dough,
inasmuch as you are unleavened.
For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed.
Therefore, let us celebrate the feast,
not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness,
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Sequence – Victimæ Paschali Laudes

Christians, to the Paschal Victim
Offer your thankful praises!
A Lamb the sheep redeems;
Christ, who only is sinless,
Reconciles sinners to the Father.
Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous:
The Prince of life, who died, reigns immortal.
Speak, Mary, declaring
What you saw, wayfaring.
“The tomb of Christ, who is living,
The glory of Jesus’ resurrection;
bright angels attesting,
The shroud and napkin resting.
Yes, Christ my hope is arisen;
to Galilee he goes before you.”
Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining.
Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!
Amen. Alleluia.

Gospel
John 20:1-9

On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.”
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter
and arrived at the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
and the cloth that had covered his head,
not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.
Then the other disciple also went in,
the one who had arrived at the tomb first,
and he saw and believed.
For they did not yet understand the Scripture
that he had to rise from the dead.


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“For they did not yet understand the Scripture  that he had to rise from the dead.” (John 20: 9)

REFLECTION

I love to sleep.

I mean, who doesn’t?  In fact, back when I was a kid, I would often hear my sister say “Rise and shine, Teej!” to wake me up. I will open my eyes for a second and then close it for 5 more minutes. (I call it the “five minute rule”.) After that, I’m good as new. However, as time passed, some things have changed. It’s my phone’s alarm who wakes me up every morning and not my sister anymore. (However, the “five minute rule” is still there).

Friends, some of you may have been struggling to wake up each morning just like me. And you may have your own reasons like laziness, things to do or maybe fear to face your problems. But what’s important is that we choose to wake up. What matters is that you try again.

Today, we are reminded of how Jesus rose again from the dead. You know what? He did it for you! He rose again for you to try again – for you to live again. Forgive again. Work again. Reach for your dreams again. Be better again. And again, to tell you each morning that He loves YOU!

Try again. Don’t give up.

Claiming for our victory. –TJ Dizon (raphael.dizon77@gmail.com)

Prayer

Lord, thank you for giving me a reason to wake up each morning. Thank you for never giving up on me even up to the cross where you died. May I continue to rise up each morning as You shine through me.

Reflection Question

Why do I wake up every morning? Do I use Jesus as an inspiration to try again?

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Little Whispers, TJ Dizon

Five Second Rule

First Reading
2 Tm 4:10-17B

Beloved:
Demas, enamored of the present world,
deserted me and went to Thessalonica,
Crescens to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.
Luke is the only one with me.
Get Mark and bring him with you,
for he is helpful to me in the ministry.
I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus.
When you come, bring the cloak I left with Carpus in Troas,
the papyrus rolls, and especially the parchments.

Alexander the coppersmith did me a great deal of harm;
the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.
You too be on guard against him,
for he has strongly resisted our preaching.

At my first defense no one appeared on my behalf,
but everyone deserted me.
May it not be held against them!
But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength,
so that through me the proclamation might be completed
and all the Gentiles might hear it.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 145:10-11, 12-13, 17-18
R. (12) Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.

Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
and speak of your might.
R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Making known to men your might
and the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Your Kingdom is a Kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
The LORD is just in all his ways
and holy in all his works.
The LORD is near to all who call upon him,
to all who call upon him in truth.
R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.

Gospel
Lk 10:1-9

The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples
whom he sent ahead of him in pairs
to every town and place he intended to visit.
He said to them,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.
Go on your way;
behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals;
and greet no one along the way.
Into whatever house you enter,
first say, ‘Peace to this household.’
If a peaceful person lives there,
your peace will rest on him;
but if not, it will return to you.
Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you,
for the laborer deserves payment.
Do not move about from one house to another.
Whatever town you enter and they welcome you,
eat what is set before you,
cure the sick in it and say to them,
‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.’”
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oct 18

REFLECTION

 

“Cure the sick in it and say to them,

‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.’”

“Malinis pa yan!”  When I was a child, this was one of my favourite lines. That’s what I usually say when I accidentally drop food on the floor. Often when it is my favourite food, I would say, “wala pang 5 seconds!” even when It was already there for a while.  My siblings would scold me and ask me not to eat it. They would say that I might ingest the bacteria and get sick or that I’ll have a stomach ache because of the bacteria. But who cares, I love food!

Friends, the love of God is like that. When we sometimes fall because of our mistakes, God is still there to pick us up no matter how many times we fall.  He doesn’t care if you have dirt all over yourself, He still says “Malinis pa yan”. No matter how long you’ve been away from Him, He still believes that “My child just fell for a while”.  He never gives up. God loves people and He has no favourites. In fact, every single person is special to Him. Including you! That dirt you got on you when you fell? Who cares, He loves you!  He loves you so much that He sent His son to give you His kingdom.

I hope that little sickness in your heart have been healed through this reflection. Friends, the kingdom of God is at hand for you. Be blessed. –Tj Dizon (raphael_dizon77@yahoo.com)

 

 

Prayer

Lord, heal my heart and make me clean. Open up my eyes to the things unseen.

 

Reflection Question

Am I really aware of how the Lord loves me?

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Little Whispers, TJ Dizon

Thanks Doc!

First Reading
Gn 23:1-4, 19; 24:1-8, 62-67

The span of Sarah’s life was one hundred and twenty-seven years.
She died in Kiriatharba (that is, Hebron)
in the land of Canaan,
and Abraham performed the customary mourning rites for her.
Then he left the side of his dead one and addressed the Hittites:
“Although I am a resident alien among you,
sell me from your holdings a piece of property for a burial ground,
that I may bury my dead wife.”

After the transaction, Abraham buried his wife Sarah
in the cave of the field of Machpelah,
facing Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan.

Abraham had now reached a ripe old age,
and the LORD had blessed him in every way.
Abraham said to the senior servant of his household,
who had charge of all his possessions:
“Put your hand under my thigh,
and I will make you swear by the LORD,
the God of heaven and the God of earth,
that you will not procure a wife for my son
from the daughters of the Canaanites among whom I live,
but that you will go to my own land and to my kindred
to get a wife for my son Isaac.”
The servant asked him:
“What if the woman is unwilling to follow me to this land?
Should I then take your son back to the land from which you migrated?”
“Never take my son back there for any reason,” Abraham told him.
“The LORD, the God of heaven,
who took me from my father’s house and the land of my kin,
and who confirmed by oath the promise he then made to me,
‘I will give this land to your descendants’–
he will send his messenger before you,
and you will obtain a wife for my son there.
If the woman is unwilling to follow you,
you will be released from this oath.
But never take my son back there!”

A long time later, Isaac went to live in the region of the Negeb.
One day toward evening he went out . . . in the field,
and as he looked around, he noticed that camels were approaching.
Rebekah, too, was looking about, and when she saw him,
she alighted from her camel and asked the servant,
“Who is the man out there, walking through the fields toward us?”
“That is my master,” replied the servant.
Then she covered herself with her veil.

The servant recounted to Isaac all the things he had done.
Then Isaac took Rebekah into his tent;
he married her, and thus she became his wife.
In his love for her, Isaac found solace
after the death of his mother Sarah.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 106:1B-2, 3-4A, 4B-5
R. (1b) Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
Who can tell the mighty deeds of the LORD,
or proclaim all his praises?
R. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
Blessed are they who observe what is right,
who do always what is just.
Remember us, O LORD, as you favor your people.
R. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
Visit me with your saving help,
That I may see the prosperity of your chosen ones,
rejoice in the joy of your people,
and glory with your inheritance.
R. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.

Gospel
Mt 9:9-13

As Jesus passed by,
he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post.
He said to him, “Follow me.”
And he got up and followed him.
While he was at table in his house,
many tax collectors and sinners came
and sat with Jesus and his disciples.
The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples,
“Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
He heard this and said,
“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
Go and learn the meaning of the words,
I desire mercy, not sacrifice.
I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”
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July 5

REFLECTION

“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.”

“See me after 4 weeks.” Those were the last words I heard from my doctor. I was supposed to see her, so she could tell me whether there was an improvement or not. Well, I felt okay so this naughty boy didn’t bother to go back. Months passed, and my asthma slowly came back and became even worse than before. That’s when I decided to go back to the doctor on the scheduled day.

The process went on and on, but I kept coming back to the doctor until I was completely healed from asthma.

Friends, Satan’s favorite thing to tell us is that we are people who experience brokenness. We all have our weaknesses. You may have struggles in school, family, in this or in that. You may have sinned and all, but you know what God’s favorite thing to do is? He loves to heal your brokenness, no matter how broken you may be.

In the gospel, God said that He came only for the sick. The good news is, that includes all of us! We all have our sickness in us and most of them are from our own mistakes. And you know what, there’s no need to worry. He has Plan A to Plan Z. Plan 1 to Plan Infinity. God allows these things to happen to us, so that we may recognize Him saying: “Hey, you have me. I am here. I’ll make you beautiful again, as I am the one who created you.”

It’s a process, but in time, I am sure you will be healed. Enough of putting yourself down. You were wonderfully made. And your brokenness will lead you to your Doctor. For Him, even your weaknesses are beautiful. – Tj Dizon (raphael_dizon77@yahoo.com)

 

PRAYER

Lord, heal me once again. Make me the wonderful person you created me to be.

 

REFLECTION QUESTION

When was the last time I visited Doc Jesus?

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