Gileena Hernandez, Little Whispers

Come Home

First Reading
Acts 6:1-7
As the number of disciples continued to grow,
the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews
because their widows
were being neglected in the daily distribution.
So the Twelve called together the community of the disciples and said,
“It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to serve at table.
Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men,
filled with the Spirit and wisdom,
whom we shall appoint to this task,
whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayer
and to the ministry of the word.”
The proposal was acceptable to the whole community,
so they chose Stephen, a man filled with faith and the Holy Spirit,
also Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas,
and Nicholas of Antioch, a convert to Judaism.
They presented these men to the apostles
who prayed and laid hands on them.
The word of God continued to spread,
and the number of the disciples in Jerusalem increased greatly;
even a large group of priests were becoming obedient to the faith.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19
R. (22) Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Exult, you just, in the LORD;
praise from the upright is fitting.
Give thanks to the LORD on the harp;
with the ten-stringed lyre chant his praises.
R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Upright is the word of the LORD,
and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full.
R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
or:
R. Alleluia.
See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,
upon those who hope for his kindness,
To deliver them from death
and preserve them in spite of famine.
R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Second Reading
1 Peter 2:4-9
Beloved:
Come to him, a living stone, rejected by human beings
but chosen and precious in the sight of God,
and, like living stones,
let yourselves be built into a spiritual house
to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices
acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
For it says in Scripture:
Behold, I am laying a stone in Zion,
a cornerstone, chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in it shall not be put to shame.

Therefore, its value is for you who have faith, but for those without faith:
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,

and
A stone that will make people stumble,
and a rock that will make them fall.

They stumble by disobeying the word, as is their destiny.

You are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood,
a holy nation, a people of his own,
so that you may announce the praises” of him
who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Gospel
John 14:1-12
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled.
You have faith in God; have faith also in me.
In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.
If there were not,
would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come back again and take you to myself,
so that where I am you also may be.
Where I am going you know the way.”
Thomas said to him,
“Master, we do not know where you are going;
how can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
If you know me, then you will also know my Father.
From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said to him,
“Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time
and you still do not know me, Philip?
Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own.
The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me,
or else, believe because of the works themselves.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,
and will do greater ones than these,
because I am going to the Father.”


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““Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”” (John 14:5-6)

REFLECTION
These days, I feel like I don’t have the motivation to get up in the morning, exercise or do anything at all. I try to escape reality by just sleeping and watching movies. I have been feeling so lost because I started to ignore God in my life. I could not understand where my life is going because of uncertainty of the future.

I have no idea on what to do and how to go about my life but I do know one thing. I know that I can always come back home to God and turn to Him whenever I feel lost.

I realized this when I stumbled upon the quote on a Facebook post, which I put as today’s photo. The quote reminded me that I can always turn to God even if I feel unworthy. I may not know where my life is going right now and that is okay because God is here to guide me.

When all else fails, I trust in God because I know that He has a plan for me. It is said in Psalms for today’s readings, “Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.” and this also reminds me how we should trust in the Lord when we don’t know where we are going in life. We should place our trust in Him most especially in times when we feel lost.

When you feel lost in life, let God be your map. Let Him lead the way in Your life. We may all have obstacles or problems but God will always lead us to the right direction and where he wants us to be.

Reflection Song

Captain by Hillsong UNITED

Author

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Gileena Hernandez, Little Whispers

The Stage

First Reading
Wisdom 6:1-11
Hear, O kings, and understand;
learn, you magistrates of the earth’s expanse!
Hearken, you who are in power over the multitude
and lord it over throngs of peoples!
Because authority was given you by the Lord
and sovereignty by the Most High,
who shall probe your works and scrutinize your counsels.
Because, though you were ministers of his kingdom, you judged not rightly,
and did not keep the law,
nor walk according to the will of God,
Terribly and swiftly shall he come against you,
because judgment is stern for the exalted–
For the lowly may be pardoned out of mercy
but the mighty shall be mightily put to the test.
For the Lord of all shows no partiality,
nor does he fear greatness,
Because he himself made the great as well as the small,
and he provides for all alike;
but for those in power a rigorous scrutiny impends.
To you, therefore, O princes, are my words addressed
that you may learn wisdom and that you may not sin.
For those who keep the holy precepts hallowed shall be found holy,
and those learned in them will have ready a response.
Desire therefore my words;
long for them and you shall be instructed.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 82:3-4, 6-7
R. (8a) Rise up, O God, bring judgment to the earth.
Defend the lowly and the fatherless;
render justice to the afflicted and the destitute.
Rescue the lowly and the poor;
from the hand of the wicked deliver them.
R. Rise up, O God, bring judgment to the earth.
I said: “You are gods,
all of you sons of the Most High;
yet like men you shall die,
and fall like any prince.”
R. Rise up, O God, bring judgment to the earth.

Gospel
Luke 17:11-19
As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem,
he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.
As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him.
They stood at a distance from him and raised their voice, saying,
“Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!”
And when he saw them, he said,
“Go show yourselves to the priests.”
As they were going they were cleansed.
And one of them, realizing he had been healed,
returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.
He was a Samaritan.
Jesus said in reply,
“Ten were cleansed, were they not?
Where are the other nine?
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?”
Then he said to him, “Stand up and go;
your faith has saved you.”



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“Then he said to him, ‘Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.'” (Luke 17:19)

REFLECTION
I have always enjoyed being part of a performance. I had one problem as a performer though, and that was my shyness. I had to overcome being shy before I could set foot on a stage to perform. I took workshops, I acted and I sang until I gained my confidence.

I got the courage to audition for chorus/ensemble in a play of a theater organization. Little did I know, I would be offered to play a different role in the play and that would be one of the supporting characters. After auditions, the org had a general assembly and revealed the results where I found out that I got the role. I was so excited but I doubted myself. I was so scared of forgetting my lines on stage or of making a mistake.

I did not have faith in myself then but I continued to attend rehearsals and shows despite doubting myself because I was surrounded by positive people who believed in me. Those positive people were my orgmates, directors and co-actors in the play. I told the director of the play that I felt that I wasn’t good enough as a performer and his words struck me. Our director told me “Don’t you ever doubt yourself, kayang-kaya mo yan.” (“You can do it.”) and so I thanked him for the encouraging words.

I saw Jesus in our director. It was like God was telling me through Him to have faith in myself. I learned to have faith in God because He is always there, whether it be at home, at rehearsals, and at performances. Friends, you may have your doubts in your life but remember God never doubted you. Learn to have faith in God and keep on praying. –Gilee Hernandez

Prayer
Father God, I lift up to you my doubts. I know that you are a great God, bigger than all my worries and fears and so I surrender to You alone. Let my faith grow more and more each day so that I may learn to trust in you. Amen.

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