Jpaul Hernandez, Little Whispers

Profit

First Reading
1 Tm 6:2C-12

Beloved:
Teach and urge these things.
Whoever teaches something different
and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ
and the religious teaching
is conceited, understanding nothing,
and has a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes.
From these come envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions,
and mutual friction among people with corrupted minds,
who are deprived of the truth,
supposing religion to be a means of gain.
Indeed, religion with contentment is a great gain.
For we brought nothing into the world,
just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it.
If we have food and clothing, we shall be content with that.
Those who want to be rich are falling into temptation and into a trap
and into many foolish and harmful desires,
which plunge them into ruin and destruction.
For the love of money is the root of all evils,
and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith
and have pierced themselves with many pains.

But you, man of God, avoid all this.
Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion,
faith, love, patience, and gentleness.
Compete well for the faith.
Lay hold of eternal life,
to which you were called when you made the noble confession
in the presence of many witnesses.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 49:6-7, 8-10, 17-18, 19-20
R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!

Why should I fear in evil days
when my wicked ensnarers ring me round?
They trust in their wealth;
the abundance of their riches is their boast.
R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
Yet in no way can a man redeem himself,
or pay his own ransom to God;
Too high is the price to redeem one’s life; he would never have enough
to remain alive always and not see destruction.
R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
Fear not when a man grows rich,
when the wealth of his house becomes great,
For when he dies, he shall take none of it;
his wealth shall not follow him down.
R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
Though in his lifetime he counted himself blessed,
“They will praise you for doing well for yourself,”
He shall join the circle of his forebears
who shall never more see light.
R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!

Gospel
Lk 8:1-3

Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another,
preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God.
Accompanying him were the Twelve
and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities,
Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,
Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza,
Susanna, and many others
who provided for them out of their resources.
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REFLECTION

 “The love of money is the root of all evils’ and there are some who, pursuing it, have wandered away from the faith and so given their souls any number of fatal wounds.” -1 Tm 6:10

I get sad when people go to me and ask, why do I believe in preaching about improving finances and expanding your territories in business and career – isn’t that unholy and against church teachings?
 
Well, the bible never said anything about not working. if you try understanding the bible fully, you’ll see verses about expanding territory, toiling, working and all of that. We need to improve our finances because we love our families, ourselves, God and the society – how is this possible? Let me give you truth about life, in everything that we do, we will always need money. We need money to feed ourselves, our family, we need money so we can study, we need money so we can give our 10% of our earnings to church.
 
Here’s my message, improve your finances by investing, looking for other income streams, getting promoted or trying out a business because God wants you to expand your horizon, he wants you to grow and with that growth you can bless your loved ones, you can give to church, you can give to charity and you can help other people grow as well.
 
If you are afraid that in the process of trying to earn more, you will fall for the evil of love of money – the antidote to that is very simple… Be more generous! Give more than 10% of what you earn.
 
If you are still a student and you are reading this, I am writing this message to you as well. Why, because one day you will also work and start profiting. I challenge you to give a part of your allowance to God and let God just rock you world. -Jpaul Hernandez (jpmhernandez@gmail.com)
 
Prayer
Father, help me to grow more so I can give more.
 
Reflection Question
How ready am I to surrender my finances to God?
 
 
Jpaul Hernandez, Little Whispers

Skepticism

First Reading
Lv 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34B-37

The LORD said to Moses,
“These are the festivals of the LORD which you shall celebrate
at their proper time with a sacred assembly.
The Passover of the LORD falls on the fourteenth day of the first month,
at the evening twilight.
The fifteenth day of this month is the LORD’s feast of Unleavened Bread.
For seven days you shall eat unleavened bread.
On the first of these days you shall hold a sacred assembly
and do no sort of work.
On each of the seven days you shall offer an oblation to the LORD.
Then on the seventh day you shall again hold a sacred assembly
and do no sort of work.”

The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the children of Israel and tell them:
When you come into the land which I am giving you,
and reap your harvest,
you shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest
to the priest, who shall wave the sheaf before the LORD
that it may be acceptable for you.
On the day after the sabbath the priest shall do this.

“Beginning with the day after the sabbath,
the day on which you bring the wave-offering sheaf,
you shall count seven full weeks,
and then on the day after the seventh week, the fiftieth day,
you shall present the new cereal offering to the LORD.

“The tenth of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement,
when you shall hold a sacred assembly and mortify yourselves
and offer an oblation to the LORD.

“The fifteenth day of this seventh month is the LORD’s feast of Booths,
which shall continue for seven days.
On the first day there shall be a sacred assembly,
and you shall do no sort of work.
For seven days you shall offer an oblation to the LORD,
and on the eighth day you shall again hold a sacred assembly
and offer an oblation to the LORD.
On that solemn closing you shall do no sort of work.

“These, therefore, are the festivals of the LORD
on which you shall proclaim a sacred assembly,
and offer as an oblation to the LORD burnt offerings and cereal offerings,
sacrifices and libations, as prescribed for each day.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 81:3-4, 5-6, 10-11AB
R. (2a) Sing with joy to God our help.

Take up a melody, and sound the timbrel,
the pleasant harp and the lyre.
Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
at the full moon, on our solemn feast.
R. Sing with joy to God our help.
For it is a statute in Israel,
an ordinance of the God of Jacob,
Who made it a decree for Joseph
when he came forth from the land of Egypt.
R. Sing with joy to God our help.
There shall be no strange god among you
nor shall you worship any alien god.
I, the LORD, am your God
who led you forth from the land of Egypt.
R. Sing with joy to God our help.

Gospel
Mt 13:54-58

Jesus came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue.
They were astonished and said,
“Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds?
Is he not the carpenter’s son?
Is not his mother named Mary
and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas?
Are not his sisters all with us?
Where did this man get all this?”
And they took offense at him.
But Jesus said to them,
“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and in his own house.”
And he did not work many mighty deeds there
because of their lack of faith.
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REFLECTION

““Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds? Is he not the carpenter’s son?” Mt 13:5 54-55

Let me share to you an instance wherein I was such a skeptic but eventually, I ate everything I said. It was when people were still recovering from the trend of wearing elephant pants and hip-hop clothes.

At that time, people were back to straight-cut jeans and regular-fitting shirts that eventually the skinny jeans or pencil cut pants started emerging. I told people that it looked weird and people who wore that were weird. Ergo, I will never buy myself that kind of jeans.

Guess what? I ate what I said. Eventually, I started buying skinny jeans. I even had one of my old pair of jeans altered from loose-fit to become skinny!

What’s my point? Most of us are afraid of doing something new, doing something we really love, doing something that’s against the norm, or even doing something that will glorify God because people around us are skeptics. People around us say that dreams are for kids and that it’s hard to take risks so don’t take it at all. Some people say that Church is boring and you are a sinner anyway, so why not just go sin and live a worldly life.

I don’t know why people are like that probably because they just want to say something or maybe they are projecting their own fears and past hurts.  Whatever skepticism people throw at you, don’t let it get to you.

Like a prophet, don’t surrender! Don’t give up your life mission even if people around you are pulling you down. If God is with you, who can be against you? – JPaul Hernandez (jpmhernandez@gmail.com) 

PRAYER 

Father, help me to find strength in myself so that I would believe in myself and control who I am, and who I become. I believe you designed me to be the best person that I can be. I will honour you by becoming that person.

Reflection Question: 

Have you let other people’s comment about your life get to you? What are you going to do about it?

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Jpaul Hernandez, Little Whispers

Follow Through

First Reading
2 Cor 8:1-9

We want you to know, brothers and sisters, of the grace of God
that has been given to the churches of Macedonia,
for in a severe test of affliction,
the abundance of their joy and their profound poverty
overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.
For according to their means, I can testify,
and beyond their means, spontaneously,
they begged us insistently for the favor of taking part
in the service to the holy ones,
and this, not as we expected,
but they gave themselves first to the Lord
and to us through the will of God,
so that we urged Titus that, as he had already begun,
he should also complete for you this gracious act also.
Now as you excel in every respect,
in faith, discourse, knowledge, all earnestness,
and in the love we have for you,
may you excel in this gracious act also.

I say this not by way of command,
but to test the genuineness of your love
by your concern for others.
For you know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that for your sake he became poor although he was rich,
so that by his poverty you might become rich.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 146:2, 5-6AB, 6C- 7, 8-9A
R. (1b) Praise the Lord, my soul!

Praise the LORD, my soul!
I will praise the LORD all my life;
I will sing praise to my God while I live.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
Blessed he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD, his God,
Who made heaven and earth,
the sea and all that is in them.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
Who keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
The LORD gives sight to the blind.
The LORD raises up those who were bowed down;
the LORD loves the just.
The LORD protects strangers.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!

Gospel
Mt 5:43-48

Jesus said to his disciples:
“You have heard that it was said,
You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
But I say to you, love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be children of your heavenly Father,
for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,
and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?
Do not the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet your brothers only,
what is unusual about that?
Do not the pagans do the same?
So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

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REFLECTION

“and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and to us through the will of God.”

A few months ago I realized that i haven’t spent much bonding time with my dad, so I told myself I’ll treat him to the new buffet restaurant that just opened in the mall we usually go to. I wanted to save some money and planned to invite him for lunch because that way it’ll just cost 720php per person.

On the day I was supposed to invite my dad for lunch, I became anxious and hesitant because I’ll spend a lot of money for that father and son lunch date. It was a struggle for me to decide at that point.

I eventually told myself that I already made a commitment to myself that I’ll treat my father to that lunch buffet. I also realized that if I can’t follow through with my internal commitments, how can I follow through with my commitments to other people and most especially my commitments to my God.

You know what, during that lunch, I saw my dad have a good time not just because the sashimi was so good, and the beef was so tender and all the other dishes tasted well – but because he spent time with his son, and more than that I knew that he saw in me that I was doing well.

That lunch gave us an opportunity to bond and catch up and just spend time together. Can you just imagine what if I didn’t follow through with my commitment to spend time with him?

Lastly, just a few weeks after, I was able to recover the money that I spent for that lunch. My love tank was filled, and also my wallet was filled. That is evidence that God blesses the people who commits to their ‘yes.’ – Jpaul Hernandez (jpaulmh@yahoo.com)

 

PRAYER

Father, help me remain faithful to my commitment. Strengthen my heart and my intentions that I may be able to deliver what I have planned to do. Amen.

REFLECTION QUESTION

What about you, what are things in your life that you need some follow through?

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Sing A New Song

First Reading
Acts 1:1-11

In the first book, Theophilus,
I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught
until the day he was taken up,
after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit
to the apostles whom he had chosen.
He presented himself alive to them
by many proofs after he had suffered,
appearing to them during forty days
and speaking about the kingdom of God.
While meeting with them,
he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem,
but to wait for “the promise of the Father
about which you have heard me speak;
for John baptized with water,
but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

When they had gathered together they asked him,
“Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons
that the Father has established by his own authority.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,
throughout Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth.”
When he had said this, as they were looking on,
he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.
While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going,
suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them.
They said, “Men of Galilee,
why are you standing there looking at the sky?
This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven
will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.”

Responsorial In the first book, Theophilus,
I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught
until the day he was taken up,
after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit
to the apostles whom he had chosen.
He presented himself alive to them
by many proofs after he had suffered,
appearing to them during forty days
and speaking about the kingdom of God.
While meeting with them,
he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem,
but to wait for “the promise of the Father
about which you have heard me speak;
for John baptized with water,
but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

When they had gathered together they asked him,
“Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons
that the Father has established by his own authority.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,
throughout Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth.”
When he had said this, as they were looking on,
he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.
While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going,
suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them.
They said, “Men of Galilee,
why are you standing there looking at the sky?
This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven
will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9

R. (6) God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
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 mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
God mounts his throne amid shouts of joy;
the LORD, amid trumpet blasts.
Sing praise to God, sing praise;
sing praise to our king, sing praise.
R. God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
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 mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.

Second Reading
Eph 1:17-23

Brothers and sisters:
May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
give you a Spirit of wisdom and revelation
resulting in knowledge of him.
May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened,
that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call,
what are the riches of glory
in his inheritance among the holy ones,
and what is the surpassing greatness of his power
for us who believe,
in accord with the exercise of his great might:
which he worked in Christ,
raising him from the dead
and seating him at his right hand in the heavens,
far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion,
and every name that is named
not only in this age but also in the one to come.
And he put all things beneath his feet
and gave him as head over all things to the church,
which is his body,
the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.

Or
Heb 9:24-28; 10:19-23

Christ did not enter into a sanctuary made by hands,
a copy of the true one, but heaven itself,
that he might now appear before God on our behalf.
Not that he might offer himself repeatedly,
as the high priest enters each year into the sanctuary
with blood that is not his own;
if that were so, he would have had to suffer repeatedly
from the foundation of the world.
But now once for all he has appeared at the end of the ages
to take away sin by his sacrifice.
Just as it is appointed that men and women die once,
and after this the judgment, so also Christ,
offered once to take away the sins of many,
will appear a second time, not to take away sin
but to bring salvation to those who eagerly await him.

Therefore, brothers and sisters, since through the blood of Jesus
we have confidence of entrance into the sanctuary
by the new and living way he opened for us through the veil,
that is, his flesh,
and since we have Aa great priest over the house of God, “
let us approach with a sincere heart and in absolute trust,
with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience
and our bodies washed in pure water.
Let us hold unwaveringly to our confession that gives us hope,
for he who made the promise is trustworthy.

Gospel
Lk 24:46-53

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer
and rise from the dead on the third day
and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins,
would be preached in his name
to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things.
And behold I am sending the promise of my Father upon you;
but stay in the city
until you are clothed with power from on high.”

Then he led them out as far as Bethany,
raised his hands, and blessed them.
As he blessed them he parted from them
and was taken up to heaven.
They did him homage
and then returned to Jerusalem with great joy,
and they were continually in the temple praising God.

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REFLECTION

“For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise.” – Psalm 47:7

I have friend who is very expressive. When she’s happy she can easily express it to you, when she’s sad, she’ll share to you whatever is happening to her; if you just ask her to. In short, she’s very transparent and open.

She is an awesome singer who loves to write songs. She started writing about boys and heartbreak a few years ago, now she has evolved to writing about Christian songs.  She said she loved writing songs about God, and of the best things that you can do in life is Praise God in every season in your life.

You don’t have to be a musician, a worship leader, a priest or a church leader to sing a song of praise to God. You can be whoever you are.

The best worship is when you are alone with God – when there is no one else around.

It can be the simplest, “thank you, Lord for this parking slot” or “I know you love me Lord, I don’t have to be afraid”. It’s your choice on how you want to express yourself to God!

By the way, God doesn’t need our praise! The reward of praising Him goes to us! We open ourselves to his Blessings, Healing and Miracles when we praise Him.

It’s time whisper, speak or shout your praise to God! – Jpaul Hernandez (jpaulmh@yahoo.com)

PRAYER
Holy Spirit, fill me up with your love so that I can sing a love song to my Creator.

REFLECTION QUESTION
What bible verse would you like base your simple song of praise?

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I Can Only Imagine

First Reading
Gn 15:5-12, 17-18

The Lord God took Abram outside and said,
“Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can.
Just so,” he added, “shall your descendants be.”
Abram put his faith in the LORD,
who credited it to him as an act of righteousness.

He then said to him,
“I am the LORD who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans
to give you this land as a possession.”
“O Lord GOD,” he asked,
“how am I to know that I shall possess it?”
He answered him,
“Bring me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old she-goat,
a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”
Abram brought him all these, split them in two,
and placed each half opposite the other;
but the birds he did not cut up.
Birds of prey swooped down on the carcasses,
but Abram stayed with them.
As the sun was about to set, a trance fell upon Abram,
and a deep, terrifying darkness enveloped him.

When the sun had set and it was dark,
there appeared a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch,
which passed between those pieces.
It was on that occasion that the LORD made a covenant with Abram,
saying: “To your descendants I give this land,
from the Wadi of Egypt to the Great River, the Euphrates.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14

R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life’s refuge;
of whom should I be afraid?
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
Hear, O LORD, the sound of my call;
have pity on me, and answer me.
Of you my heart speaks; you my glance seeks.
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
Your presence, O LORD, I seek.
Hide not your face from me;
do not in anger repel your servant.
You are my helper: cast me not off.
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD with courage;
be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.

Second Reading
Phil 3:17—4:1

Join with others in being imitators of me, brothers and sisters,
and observe those who thus conduct themselves
according to the model you have in us.
For many, as I have often told you
and now tell you even in tears,
conduct themselves as enemies of the cross of Christ.
Their end is destruction.
Their God is their stomach;
their glory is in their “shame.”
Their minds are occupied with earthly things.
But our citizenship is in heaven,
and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
He will change our lowly body
to conform with his glorified body
by the power that enables him also
to bring all things into subjection to himself.

Therefore, my brothers and sisters,
whom I love and long for, my joy and crown,
in this way stand firm in the Lord.

Or
Phil 3:20—4:1

Brothers and sisters:
Our citizenship is in heaven,
and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
He will change our lowly body
to conform with his glorified body
by the power that enables him also
to bring all things into subjection to himself.

Therefore, my brothers and sisters,
whom I love and long for, my joy and crown,
in this way stand firm in the Lord, beloved.

Gospel
Lk 9:28B-36

Jesus took Peter, John, and James
and went up the mountain to pray.
While he was praying his face changed in appearance
and his clothing became dazzling white.
And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah,
who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus
that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.
Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep,
but becoming fully awake,
they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.
As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus,
“Master, it is good that we are here;
let us make three tents,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
But he did not know what he was saying.
While he was still speaking,
a cloud came and cast a shadow over them,
and they became frightened when they entered the cloud.
Then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”
After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone.
They fell silent and did not at that time
tell anyone what they had seen.

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JPAUL HERNANDEZ memegenerator.net

REFLECTION

“Master, how good it is that we are here! We will make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” – Luke 9:33

As we all know, Peter is a really amazing person. His inner circle included a man named Jesus who happens to be the Son of God and our Savior! His life could not have gotten any better than that.

Even if he had direct access to Jesus and he was always with Him, Peter was still unable to think properly when he saw Jesus being transfigured and radiating the full Glory of God. He suggested illogical ideas like making three tents for Jesus, Moses and Elijah.

Peter’s actions sound a bit odd, but then I remembered the song “I Can Only Imagine” by the band MercyMe. The song poses us the question: What will you do if suddenly Jesus is physically with you? My favorite lines in the song say: “Surrounded by your Glory, what will my heart feel, will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of you be still?”

As you engage in reflection, can you close your eyes a little longer and envision Jesus in front of you? – JPaul Hernandez (jpaulmh@yahoo.com)

PRAYER
Lord, I want to encounter Your Glory. I believe that Your Glory can make me a better person.

REFLECTION QUESTION
How can God’s Glory change your life?

 

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Jpaul Hernandez, Little Whispers

Step Up Stand Out!

First Reading
Heb 10:19-25

Brothers and sisters:
Since through the Blood of Jesus
we have confidence of entrance into the sanctuary
by the new and living way he opened for us through the veil,
that is, his flesh,
and since we have “a great priest over the house of God,”
let us approach with a sincere heart and in absolute trust,
with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience
and our bodies washed in pure water.
Let us hold unwaveringly to our confession that gives us hope,
for he who made the promise is trustworthy.
We must consider how to rouse one another to love and good works.
We should not stay away from our assembly,
as is the custom of some, but encourage one another,
and this all the more as you see the day drawing near.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 24:1-2, 3-4AB, 5-6

R. (see 6)  Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
The LORD’s are the earth and its fullness;
the world and those who dwell in it.
For he founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers.
R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD?
or who may stand in his holy place?
He whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean,
who desires not what is vain.
R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
He shall receive a blessing from the LORD,
a reward from God his savior.
Such is the race that seeks for him,
that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.
R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.

Gospel
Mk 4:21-25

Jesus said to his disciples,
“Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket
or under a bed,
and not to be placed on a lampstand?
For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible;
nothing is secret except to come to light.
Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear.”
He also told them, “Take care what you hear.
The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you,
and still more will be given to you.
To the one who has, more will be given;
from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

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JPAUL HERNANDEZ Robehr.deviantart.com

REFLECTION

“Does anyone ever bring in a lamp and put it under a bowl or under the bed? Isn’t it put on the lampstand?” – Mk 4:21

It was my first ever trimester in college. My Religion 101 professor asked if anyone in class was part of anything in the lines of a charismatic community or a renewal movement.

I really wanted to raise my hand and shout, “I am! I’m one of those guys who have accepted Jesus Christ in his life. I’m even one of the ministry heads in my community.”

I wanted to be bold, but fear of persecution held me back. I was too scared that I might get persecuted by my college friends and more importantly, by my crush!

I was so ashamed of my fear but I brought myself to apologize to my God. Good thing he forgives easily. Now, I’m happiest when I’m speaking about how great he is!

Friend, don’t be like me! Don’t be afraid of persecution and peer pressure.  You don’t know who you can help when you testify about God’s wonderful goodness and love.

Step out of your comfort zone, and be a standout Christian! – JPaul Hernandez (jpaulmh@yahoo.com)

PRAYER
Jesus, help me become a good and faithful disciple. May I find the courage to speak about my faith and bring people closer to You. Amen.

REFLECTION QUESTION
What’s keeping you from speaking about Jesus to people?

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