Jayme Jalandoni, Little Whispers

Reaching Out 100%

First Reading
Ex 11:10—12:14

Although Moses and Aaron performed various wonders
in Pharaoh’s presence,
the LORD made Pharaoh obstinate,
and he would not let the children of Israel leave his land.

The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt,
“This month shall stand at the head of your calendar;
you shall reckon it the first month of the year.
Tell the whole community of Israel: On the tenth of this month
every one of your families must procure for itself a lamb,
one apiece for each household.
If a family is too small for a whole lamb,
it shall join the nearest household in procuring one
and shall share in the lamb
in proportion to the number of persons who partake of it.
The lamb must be a year-old male and without blemish.
You may take it from either the sheep or the goats.
You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, and then,
with the whole assembly of Israel present,
it shall be slaughtered during the evening twilight.
They shall take some of its blood
and apply it to the two doorposts and the lintel
of every house in which they partake of the lamb.
That same night they shall eat its roasted flesh
with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.
It shall not be eaten raw or boiled, but roasted whole,
with its head and shanks and inner organs.
None of it must be kept beyond the next morning;
whatever is left over in the morning shall be burned up.

“This is how you are to eat it:
with your loins girt, sandals on your feet and your staff in hand,
you shall eat like those who are in flight.
It is the Passover of the LORD.
For on this same night I will go through Egypt,
striking down every first born of the land, both man and beast,
and executing judgment on all the gods of Egypt—I, the LORD!
But the blood will mark the houses where you are.
Seeing the blood, I will pass over you;
thus, when I strike the land of Egypt,
no destructive blow will come upon you.

“This day shall be a memorial feast for you,
which all your generations shall celebrate
with pilgrimage to the LORD, as a perpetual institution.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 116:12-13, 15 AND 16BC, 17-18
R. (13) I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.

How shall I make a return to the LORD
for all the good he has done for me?
The cup of salvation I will take up,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
R. I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.
Precious in the eyes of the LORD
is the death of his faithful ones.
I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;
you have loosed my bonds.
R. I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.
To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
My vows to the LORD I will pay
in the presence of all his people.
R. I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.

Gospel
Mt 12:1-8

Jesus was going through a field of grain on the sabbath.
His disciples were hungry
and began to pick the heads of grain and eat them.
When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him,
“See, your disciples are doing what is unlawful to do on the sabbath.”
He said to the them, “Have you not read what David did
when he and his companions were hungry,
how he went into the house of God and ate the bread of offering,
which neither he nor his companions
but only the priests could lawfully eat?
Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath
the priests serving in the temple violate the sabbath
and are innocent?
I say to you, something greater than the temple is here.
If you knew what this meant, I desire mercy, not sacrifice,
you would not have condemned these innocent men.
For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.”
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July 19

REFLECTION

“I tell you, there is something here greater than the Temple. The scripture says, ‘it is kindness that I want, not animal sacrifices.” Mt 12:6-7

One lesson I have learned from my experience during our community’s Family Encounter is about “fairness” and “reaching out 100%”. I am reminded by today’s Gospel about this lesson when Jesus said “It is kindness that I want, not animal sacrifices.”.

When doing household chores, I have this tendency to count how much my siblings have contributed and how much I have done. I tend to count because I think it is just fair for me to do as equal as anybody in our home and also for them to do as much as I do.

I remember yesterday, my sister asked me to put out the garbage. She couldn’t do it because it smelled bad. I wasn’t willing at first and I even told her that she should do it since she put the stinky stuff in it anyway. But then I remembered the Gospel for today. So I chose to do it even though I thought it was unfair. I am glad that I did it for her – that I chose to reach out and do a little thing to help ease her day. For little did I know that she was experiencing a lot of stress that time and needed a little more love.

Today, the Lord teaches us to do everything with love – to be kind instead of being “fair” or being “right”. The Lord tells us to reach out 100% to our neighbor.  – Jayme Ann Jalandoni (jaymeannjalandoni@yahoo.com)

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, may You give me the grace to respond with kindness to the people around me – to love more and reach out more instead of just being “fair”. Surround me by Your love, Oh Lord, that I may share it with others. Amen.

Reflection Question

How can I show more kindness and love to the people around me today?

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Life’s Story

First Reading
Tb 1:3; 2:1A-8

I, Tobit, have walked all the days of my life
on the paths of truth and righteousness.
I performed many charitable works for my kinsmen and my people
who had been deported with me to Nineveh, in Assyria.

On our festival of Pentecost, the feast of Weeks,
a fine dinner was prepared for me, and I reclined to eat.
The table was set for me,
and when many different dishes were placed before me,
I said to my son Tobiah: “My son,
go out and try to find a poor man
from among our kinsmen exiled here in Nineveh.
If he is a sincere worshiper of God, bring him back with you,
so that he can share this meal with me.
Indeed, son, I shall wait for you to come back.”

Tobiah went out to look for some poor kinsman of ours.
When he returned he exclaimed, “Father!”
I said to him, “What is it, son?”
He answered, “Father, one of our people has been murdered!
His body lies in the market place where he was just strangled!”
I sprang to my feet, leaving the dinner untouched;
and I carried the dead man from the street
and put him in one of the rooms,
so that I might bury him after sunset.
Returning to my own quarters, I washed myself
and ate my food in sorrow.
I was reminded of the oracle
pronounced by the prophet Amos against Bethel:

“All your festivals shall be turned into mourning,
and all your songs into lamentation.”

And I wept.
Then at sunset I went out, dug a grave, and buried him.

The neighbors mocked me, saying to one another:
“He is still not afraid!
Once before he was hunted down for execution
because of this very thing;
yet now that he has scarcely escaped,
here he is again burying the dead!”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 112:1B-2, 3B-4, 5-6
R. (1b) Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Blessed the man who fears the LORD,
who greatly delights in his commands.
His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth;
the upright generation shall be blessed.
R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

His generosity shall endure forever.
Light shines through the darkness for the upright;
he is gracious and merciful and just.
R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Well for the man who is gracious and lends,
who conducts his affairs with justice;
He shall never be moved;
the just man shall be in everlasting remembrance.
R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Gospel
Mk 12:1-12

Jesus began to speak to the chief priests, the scribes,
and the elders in parables.
“A man planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it,
dug a wine press, and built a tower.
Then he leased it to tenant farmers and left on a journey.
At the proper time he sent a servant to the tenants
to obtain from them some of the produce of the vineyard.
But they seized him, beat him,
and sent him away empty-handed.
Again he sent them another servant.
And that one they beat over the head and treated shamefully.
He sent yet another whom they killed.
So, too, many others; some they beat, others they killed.
He had one other to send, a beloved son.
He sent him to them last of all, thinking, ‘They will respect my son.’
But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir.
Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’
So they seized him and killed him,
and threw him out of the vineyard.
What then will the owner of the vineyard do?
He will come, put the tenants to death,
and give the vineyard to others.
Have you not read this Scripture passage:

The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
by the Lord has this been done,
and it is wonderful in our eyes?”

They were seeking to arrest him, but they feared the crowd,
for they realized that he had addressed the parable to them.
So they left him and went away.

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REFLECTION

“Surely you have read this scripture? ‘the stone which the builders rejected as worthless turned out to be the most important of all.'” Mk 12: 1 – 12

The parable in the Gospel today has a prophetic sense as it can be related to Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection. The vineyard’s owner was God, the tenants were the Jewish leaders, the slaves were the prophets and the owner’s son was Jesus.

We can also relate this parable in our time. Our life, for example, is one of the riches that the Lord has given us. He expects us to take good care of it for it is his precious gift. As we experience life to the fullest, let us never forget that this life came from the Lord because if we do, then, we are just like the tenants in the parable who became selfish and rejected God when He came.

We acknowledge the Lord as the true owner of our lives when we accept Him as our Lord. And we can do this by knowing him more through his Word; for how can we accept something that we do not know? When we do so, we allow the Lord to fill us each day and to be our inspiration and guide. Nothing is more refreshing than the love of the Lo;rd surrounding us. In this way we can also avoid sin which can destroy us. For if we sin, we reject his word, we reject Jesus. Let us give more effort to know Him more and be with Him more. Let Jesus be your cornerstone – your strong foundation and surely you will always be at peace even when the strongest storms come.  – Jayme Jalandoni (jaymeannjalandoni@yahoo.com)

 

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, please forgive me for the times that I have rejected You even in the smallest way. The last thing I want to do is to be far from You. As I read your word may I get to know and love You more and keep me close to You. Amen.

REFLECTION QUESTION

In what ways have I rejected Jesus in my life? What are some things I can change or do more to allow the Lord more in my life?   

 

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Jayme Jalandoni, Little Whispers

Less Is More

First Reading
1 Pt 5:5B-14

Beloved:
Clothe yourselves with humility
in your dealings with one another, for:

God opposes the proud
but bestows favor on the humble.

So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,
that he may exalt you in due time.
Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.

Be sober and vigilant.
Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion
looking for someone to devour.
Resist him, steadfast in faith,
knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the world
undergo the same sufferings.
The God of all grace
who called you to his eternal glory through Christ Jesus
will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you
after you have suffered a little.
To him be dominion forever. Amen.

I write you this briefly through Silvanus,
whom I consider a faithful brother,
exhorting you and testifying that this is the true grace of God.
Remain firm in it.
The chosen one at Babylon sends you greeting, as does Mark, my son.
Greet one another with a loving kiss.
Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17
R. (2) For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

The favors of the LORD I will sing forever;
through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.
For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”;
in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
The heavens proclaim your wonders, O LORD,
and your faithfulness, in the assembly of the holy ones.
For who in the skies can rank with the LORD?
Who is like the LORD among the sons of God?
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
Blessed the people who know the joyful shout;
in the light of your countenance, O LORD, they walk.
At your name they rejoice all the day,
and through your justice they are exalted.
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

Gospel
Mk 16:15-20

Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them:
“Go into the whole world
and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved;
whoever does not believe will be condemned.
These signs will accompany those who believe:
in my name they will drive out demons,
they will speak new languages.
They will pick up serpents with their hands,
and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them.
They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them,
was taken up into heaven
and took his seat at the right hand of God.
But they went forth and preached everywhere,
while the Lord worked with them
and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.

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REFLECTION

“In the same way you younger people must submit yourselves to your elders. And all of you must put on the apron of humility, to serve one another; for the scripture says “God resists the proud, but shows favor to the humble.”” 1 Pt 5:5

Three years ago i was one of the five youth members in our community discerned to lead our youth ministry. I was happy to be one because I really looked up to the leaders before us. I saw in them how joyful their hearts were leading our ministry, serving the Lord.

Through our three-year term I learned why their hearts overflowed with joy. It was not because of the position they had nor because people in our community respected them. I realized that it was because they learned to lead by becoming a servant first. They humbled themselves before the Lord and acknowledged the Lord’s authority over them and just allowed Him to use them for His glory.

By emptying our hearts of ourselves we let Christ fill us up more. This makes us able to serve others with a humble heart; for the Spirit of the Lord is with us. – Jayme Jalandoni (jaymeannjalandoni@yahoo.com)

PRAYER
Dear Jesus, you are the greatest example of humility. You, our King, came down to earth to serve and not to be served, to love and not to be loved. Merciful Jesus, humble my heart and teach me Your ways. Do not resist me oh, Lord, for my soul longs to serve you always. Amen.

REFLECTION QUESTIONS
When I serve others am I able to do it willingly, joyfully and with humility?
Are there still times that I become too proud and forget the Lord?

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My Miracle Worker

First Reading
Gn 1:1-19

In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth,
the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss,
while a mighty wind swept over the waters.

Then God said,
“Let there be light,” and there was light.
God saw how good the light was.
God then separated the light from the darkness.
God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.”
Thus evening came, and morning followed–the first day.

Then God said,
“Let there be a dome in the middle of the waters,
to separate one body of water from the other.”
And so it happened:
God made the dome,
and it separated the water above the dome from the water below it.
God called the dome “the sky.”
Evening came, and morning followed–the second day.

Then God said,
“Let the water under the sky be gathered into a single basin,
so that the dry land may appear.”
And so it happened:
the water under the sky was gathered into its basin,
and the dry land appeared.
God called the dry land “the earth,”
and the basin of the water he called “the sea.”
God saw how good it was.
Then God said,
“Let the earth bring forth vegetation:
every kind of plant that bears seed
and every kind of fruit tree on earth
that bears fruit with its seed in it.”
And so it happened:
the earth brought forth every kind of plant that bears seed
and every kind of fruit tree on earth that
bears fruit with its seed in it.
God saw how good it was.
Evening came, and morning followed–the third day.

Then God said:
“Let there be lights in the dome of the sky,
to separate day from night.
Let them mark the fixed times, the days and the years,
and serve as luminaries in the dome of the sky,
to shed light upon the earth.”
And so it happened:
God made the two great lights,
the greater one to govern the day,
and the lesser one to govern the night;
and he made the stars.
God set them in the dome of the sky,
to shed light upon the earth,
to govern the day and the night,
and to separate the light from the darkness.
God saw how good it was.
Evening came, and morning followed–the fourth day.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 104:1-2a, 5-6, 10 And 12, 24 And 35c

R. (31b) May the Lord be glad in his works.
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD, my God, you are great indeed!
You are clothed with majesty and glory,
robed in light as with a cloak.
R. May the Lord be glad in his works.
You fixed the earth upon its foundation,
not to be moved forever;
With the ocean, as with a garment, you covered it;
above the mountains the waters stood.
R. May the Lord be glad in his works.
You send forth springs into the watercourses
that wind among the mountains.
Beside them the birds of heaven dwell;
from among the branches they send forth their song.
R. May the Lord be glad in his works.
How manifold are your works, O LORD!
In wisdom you have wrought them all—
the earth is full of your creatures;
Bless the LORD, O my soul! Alleluia.
R. May the Lord be glad in his works.

Gospel
Mk 6:53-56

After making the crossing to the other side of the sea,
Jesus and his disciples came to land at Gennesaret
and tied up there.
As they were leaving the boat, people immediately recognized him.
They scurried about the surrounding country
and began to bring in the sick on mats
to wherever they heard he was.
Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered,
they laid the sick in the marketplaces
and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak;
and as many as touched it were healed.

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JAYME JALANDONI tiberjudy.wordpress.com

REFLECTION

“And everywhere Jesus went, to villages, towns, or farms, people would take their sick to the market places and beg him to let the sick at least touch the edge of His cloak. And all who touched it were made well.” Mk 6:56

One afternoon, my cousins and I were playing on the bed, jumping up and down as if we were on a trampoline. We had stopped, but then I slipped and all they heard was my crying on the floor. I broke my arm and wore a cast for months until it healed.

A year later, I slipped from a swing in the park. As I used my arm to catch myself, I broke it again. This time the doctors said they would need to put metal plates in my arm so that it can be strong enough.

I was nine at that time and that was supposed to be my first operation. They put me to sleep and when I woke up my mom said that they didn’t proceed with it. It turns out that the fracture was gone when they checked the X-ray. I was confused because I was told a little earlier that my arm was broken. It was a miracle!

Many people prayed for my healing. And because of their faith, Jesus healed me. The Lord is my miracle worker. And I am very grateful for his loving mercy. Many times He’s healed members of my family, including my sister and my dad when they were very sick too. I always keep this in my heart so that I may always praise the Lord.

I believe all of us have experienced miracles in our lives, whether big or small. These are the blessings we have everyday. How great and awesome our God is. For Him, everything is possible! – Jayme Jalandoni (jaymeannjalandoni@yahoo.com)

PRAYER
Father God, You are my creator and healer. You are mighty and powerful, God, nothing is impossible with you. Thank you for the wonderful blessings you shower upon me everyday. I will praise You all the days of my life! Amen.

REFLECTION QUESTION
What miracles have you received from the Lord today, big and small?

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No if’s. No But’s

First Reading
1 Jn 4:19-5:4

Beloved, we love God because
he first loved us.
If anyone says, “I love God,”
but hates his brother, he is a liar;
for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen
cannot love God whom he has not seen.
This is the commandment we have from him:
Whoever loves God must also love his brother.

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God,
and everyone who loves the Father
loves also the one begotten by him.
In this way we know that we love the children of God
when we love God and obey his commandments.
For the love of God is this,
that we keep his commandments.
And his commandments are not burdensome,
for whoever is begotten by God conquers the world.
And the victory that conquers the world is our faith.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 72:1-2,14,15,17

R. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
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. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
From fraud and violence he shall redeem them,
and precious shall their blood be in his sight.
May they be prayed for continually;
day by day shall they bless him.
R. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
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. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.

Gospel
Lk 4:14-22

Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit,
and news of him spread throughout the whole region.
He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all.

He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up,
and went according to his custom
into the synagogue on the sabbath day.
He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah.
He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.

Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down,
and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.
He said to them,
“Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”
And all spoke highly of him
and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.

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JAYME JALANDONI xthumbtakx.deviantart.com

REFLECTION

“We love God because God first loved us.” 1 Jn 4: 19

School, community, and home are my comfort zones because of the people I love the most. Work is a different story. At first it was tolerable because it allows me to improve my skills, but then I met some people who made it a little more difficult. There are those who are unintentionally difficult, but there are those who are difficult on purpose.  These are the people I find hard to love–those who would really look for ways to make you feel so down. It seems impossible to even just be nice to them, but I believe that this is the challenge in God’s Word today: to love even the most unlovable people we encounter. Not because they will love us back or because they will at least be nice to us but because God wants us to love even if we don’t get anything in return. He wants us to love unconditionally. It’s hard, but it’s not impossible. And who are we to complain? The Lord loves us in spite of our sinfulness and He continues to love us unconditionally and unceasingly. He loved us first! Jayme Jalandoni (jaymeannjalandoni@yahoo.com)

 

PRAYER
Father, thank you for reminding me that to really love You with all my heart, mind, soul and strength means that I should follow your commandment: to love my brothers just as myself. May I always be filled by Your immense love until my heart overflows, so I may share it with others especially to those I find difficult to love. Amen.

REFLECTION QUESTION
Is there someone that you find difficult to love? How can you show God’s love to that person?


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God Called

FIRST READING
Rom 10:9-18

Brothers and sisters:
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
you will be saved.
For one believes with the heart and so is justified,
and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.
The Scripture says,
No one who believes in him will be put to shame.
There is no distinction between Jew and Greek;
the same Lord is Lord of all,
enriching all who call upon him.
For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed?
And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard?
And how can they hear without someone to preach?
And how can people preach unless they are sent?
As it is written,
How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!
But not everyone has heeded the good news;
for Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed what was heard from us?
Thus faith comes from what is heard,
and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.
But I ask, did they not hear?
Certainly they did; for

Their voice has gone forth to all the earth,
and their words to the ends of the world.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11
R. (10) The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.

The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul;
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
The precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
The command of the LORD is clear,
enlightening the eye.
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever;
The ordinances of the LORD are true,
all of them just.
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
They are more precious than gold,
than a heap of purest gold;
Sweeter also than syrup
or honey from the comb.
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.

Gospel
Mt 4:18-22

As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers,
Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew,
casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.
He said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
At once they left their nets and followed him.
He walked along from there and saw two other brothers,
James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets.
He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father
and followed him.
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Reflection:
“He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him.” –Mt 4:22

“What is God calling you to do and are you ready to respond?”

Before I was chosen to be one of the leaders of the youth ministry, I was just an ordinary member. I had no leadership experience, even in the subcommittees in our ministry. I had no idea what we were supposed to do as leaders. But the Lord is my guide and He helped me adjust. I wasn’t an instant success in being a leader, but the Lord teaches me everyday how to be. There were times where I would want to give up already. I thought leading was not really my ‘thing’ and I said to myself that I was better off as a follower. But the Lord reassures me with His Word today that He called me to this position and asks me to follow Him with faith.

Before Andrew, Peter, James and John became apostles they were just fishermen – ordinary people. Jesus chose them not because of who or what they were but because He knows their potential when they open themselves to His grace. Just like His apostles, Jesus calls us to respond to His own, unique calling with great courage and a steadfast faith. When we respond let us not think that we do not have the qualifications and that we don’t have anything to give that’s worthy of what God needs. When we respond to God’s call, may we offer to the Lord whatever we have today and just have faith and openness to His grace, His direction and power that will lead us to the person He calls us to be.

Whatever our calling is, may we respond with an immense love and joy to follow Jesus. Let the light of Christ shine through you, in your words and deeds. Let the grace of God flow through your life that you may be a witness of His Word to others and become fishers of men. –Jayme Ann Jalandoni. YLSS#24

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, just like Your apostles, I open myself to your Word. May Your light shine through me as I respond to your call that I may serve as a witness of Your grace and draw people closer to You. Amen.

Jayme Jalandoni, Little Whispers

Endure

FIRST READING
Dn 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28

King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his lords,
with whom he drank.
Under the influence of the wine,
he ordered the gold and silver vessels
which Nebuchadnezzar, his father,
had taken from the temple in Jerusalem,
to be brought in so that the king, his lords,
his wives and his entertainers might drink from them.
When the gold and silver vessels
taken from the house of God in Jerusalem had been brought in,
and while the king, his lords, his wives and his entertainers
were drinking wine from them,
they praised their gods of gold and silver,
bronze and iron, wood and stone.

Suddenly, opposite the lampstand,
the fingers of a human hand appeared,
writing on the plaster of the wall in the king’s palace.
When the king saw the wrist and hand that wrote, his face blanched;
his thoughts terrified him, his hip joints shook,
and his knees knocked.

Then Daniel was brought into the presence of the king.
The king asked him, “Are you the Daniel, the Jewish exile,
whom my father, the king, brought from Judah?
I have heard that the Spirit of God is in you,
that you possess brilliant knowledge and extraordinary wisdom.
I have heard that you can interpret dreams and solve difficulties;
if you are able to read the writing and tell me what it means,
you shall be clothed in purple,
wear a gold collar about your neck,
and be third in the government of the kingdom.”

Daniel answered the king:
“You may keep your gifts, or give your presents to someone else;
but the writing I will read for you, O king,
and tell you what it means.
You have rebelled against the Lord of heaven.
You had the vessels of his temple brought before you,
so that you and your nobles, your wives and your entertainers,
might drink wine from them;
and you praised the gods of silver and gold,
bronze and iron, wood and stone,
that neither see nor hear nor have intelligence.
But the God in whose hand is your life breath
and the whole course of your life, you did not glorify.
By him were the wrist and hand sent, and the writing set down.

“This is the writing that was inscribed:
MENE, TEKEL, and PERES.
These words mean:
MENE, God has numbered your kingdom and put an end to it;
TEKEL, you have been weighed on the scales and found wanting;
PERES, your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”

Responsorial Psalm
Dn 3:62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67
R. (59b) Give glory and eternal praise to him.

“Sun and moon, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
“Stars of heaven, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
“Every shower and dew, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
“All you winds, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
“Fire and heat, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
“Cold and chill, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.

Gospel
Lk 21:12-19

Jesus said to the crowd:
“They will seize and persecute you,
they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons,
and they will have you led before kings and governors
because of my name.
It will lead to your giving testimony.
Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand,
for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking
that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.
You will even be handed over by parents,
brothers, relatives, and friends,
and they will put some of you to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.
By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”
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REFLECTION
“You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives.” –Lk 21:17-19

I read some reflection questions for today’s Word. One of them goes like this: “When I am experiencing trials, do I trust in the protective Word of God?” I asked my mom what the author meant when he said ‘trials’. I always interpret trials as darkest moments. Often, I miss acknowledging the small ‘trials’ we encounter daily. She told me that each day we face various situations that require our response. It may be facing people who have different beliefs or keeping up with school work or looking for a job. It may also be our personal struggles; things that pull us down. It may not be as literal as the persecution that the disciples, saints, or martyrs have experienced before. Today, we face a lot of persecutions in our own versions.

For example, when I face some problems, I tend to worry a lot. My mind just scatters because of anxiety. When the problem gets worse I get a little less optimistic. Then I somewhat lose hope. There was a time when I was so down I even questioned the Lord if He’s really helping or not? I tested the Lord. In the end, I realized that I am offending God with the way I think of Him and with the way I think of His love. I realized that I compare His love to how the world loves. But by His mercy, God made me realize this and made known to me that His love is different. And he guided me to knowing that I can put my trust in Him.

Sometimes we still lose our trust in the Lord when difficulties arise but He’s the one already telling us not to worry and just carry on, persevere, endure. In today’s Gospel, Jesus assures us and asks us not to worry! Our endurance, which requires our faith and hope more than our human efforts, will be rewarded by the Lord. –Jayme Ann Jalandoni. YLSS#24

Prayer:
Dear Jesus, thank you for Your love that saves. I keep my faith strong and my hope set on Your promises. May I always persevere and endure for Your Name that I may bring honor and glory to You forever. Amen.