Florence Jael, Little Whispers

Gadget Madness

First Reading
DN 7:15-27

I, Daniel, found my spirit anguished within its covering of flesh,
and I was terrified by the visions of my mind.
I approached one of those present
and asked him what all this meant in truth;
in answer, he made known to me the meaning of the things:
“These four great beasts stand for four kingdoms
which shall arise on the earth.
But the holy ones of the Most High shall receive the kingship,
to possess it forever and ever.”

But I wished to make certain about the fourth beast,
so very terrible and different from the others,
devouring and crushing with its iron teeth and bronze claws,
and trampling with its feet what was left;
about the ten horns on its head, and the other one that sprang up,
before which three horns fell;
about the horn with the eyes and the mouth that spoke arrogantly,
which appeared greater than its fellows.
For, as I watched, that horn made war against the holy ones
and was victorious until the Ancient One arrived;
judgment was pronounced in favor of the holy ones of the Most High,
and the time came when the holy ones possessed the kingdom.
He answered me thus:

“The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth
different from all the others;
It shall devour the whole earth,
beat it down, and crush it.
The ten horns shall be ten kings
rising out of that kingdom;
another shall rise up after them,
Different from those before him,
who shall lay low three kings.
He shall speak against the Most High
and oppress the holy ones of the Most High,
thinking to change the feast days and the law.
They shall be handed over to him
for a year, two years, and a half-year.
But when the court is convened,
and his power is taken away
by final and absolute destruction,
Then the kingship and dominion and majesty
of all the kingdoms under the heavens
shall be given to the holy people of the Most High,
Whose Kingdom shall be everlasting:
all dominions shall serve and obey him.”

Responsorial Psalm
DANIEL 3:82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.

“You sons of men, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
“O Israel, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
“Priests of the Lord, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
“Servants of the Lord, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
“Spirits and souls of the just, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
“Holy men of humble heart, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.

Gospel
LK 21:34-36

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy
from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth.
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man.”


gadgets

“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.” (Luke 21:34)

REFLECTION
Just like every other teenager, school causes me a lot of stress and pressure. Due to all the homework, long tests and projects, I tend to resort to social media as a way of escaping from my school related problems. However, the time that I spent on social media, which was supposed to be for studying, was then eaten up and in the end resulted in me not prioritizing my studies. I was surrounded with people who did the same which made me believe that there was nothing wrong with it. As soon as got home, I’d go straight to my gadgets and isolate myself acting as if there’s no one else at home. Mama would always remind me to prioritize my studies first before anything else but I wouldn’t listen. I became too complacent and too preoccupied with the Internet that I didn’t notice I was forgetting to do my homework. I thought that my gadgets were just a source of entertainment but it seemed as if it was already an addiction. I once thought that the best and only solution from the stress and schoolwork was to run away from them, but I was wrong. Escaping from it won’t solve anything, and I slowly realized that time was wasted due to the over-use of these gadgets.

Back when I was a kid I’ve always been taught that mistakes are always a part of life, but when I grew older I realized that we regret every mistake when it’s all said and done. God taught us to own up to our mistakes and to accept the consequences after. It wasn’t for us to suffer but it was for us to learn from those mistakes, so that we may come out stronger and better. During the time I was having troubles, I was scared to face them that I forgot He was there, that God was just right by my side that I should’ve never feared.

Problems really do come in our life but when it does, you shouldn’t let your fear get to you. I realized that I was wrong, that running away from it was never the answer. You just have to face every problem you encounter and know that His plans are better than yours. Never lose sight of the things that are more important and essential because there are a lot more important things out there than what you are worrying about.

Prayer
Lord, help me to focus on the things that are much more important. Be with me as I face the trials that I have been encountering. Amen.

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