Kirae Geneciran, Little Whispers

Our Little Inspiration

First Reading
IS 50:5-9A
The Lord GOD opens my ear that I may hear;
and I have not rebelled,
have not turned back.
I gave my back to those who beat me,
my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;
my face I did not shield
from buffets and spitting.

The Lord GOD is my help,
therefore I am not disgraced;
I have set my face like flint,
knowing that I shall not be put to shame.
He is near who upholds my right;
if anyone wishes to oppose me,
let us appear together.
Who disputes my right?
Let that man confront me.
See, the Lord GOD is my help;
who will prove me wrong?

Responsorial Psalm
PS 116:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9
R. (9) I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
or:
R. Alleluia.

I love the LORD because he has heard
my voice in supplication,
Because he has inclined his ear to me
the day I called.
R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
or:
R. Alleluia.

The cords of death encompassed me;
the snares of the netherworld seized upon me;
I fell into distress and sorrow,
And I called upon the name of the LORD,
“O LORD, save my life!”
R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Gracious is the LORD and just;
yes, our God is merciful.
The LORD keeps the little ones;
I was brought low, and he saved me.
R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
or:
R. Alleluia.

For he has freed my soul from death,
my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.
I shall walk before the Lord
in the land of the living.
R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Second Reading
JAS 2:14-18

What good is it, my brothers and sisters,
if someone says he has faith but does not have works?
Can that faith save him?
If a brother or sister has nothing to wear
and has no food for the day,
and one of you says to them,
“Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well, ”
but you do not give them the necessities of the body,
what good is it?
So also faith of itself,
if it does not have works, is dead.

Indeed someone might say,
“You have faith and I have works.”
Demonstrate your faith to me without works,
and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works.

Gospel
MK 8:27-35

Jesus and his disciples set out
for the villages of Caesarea Philippi.
Along the way he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that I am?”
They said in reply,
“John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others one of the prophets.”
And he asked them,
“But who do you say that I am?”
Peter said to him in reply,
“You are the Christ.”
Then he warned them not to tell anyone about him.

He began to teach them
that the Son of Man must suffer greatly
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed, and rise after three days.
He spoke this openly.
Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples,
rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan.
You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them,
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake
and that of the gospel will save it.”


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“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” (Mark 8:34)

REFLECTION
I can’t help but remember our little puppy, Robbie, who just recently joined our little family.

He was a birthday gift to Kae. And because we were first time owners, I spent Robbie’s first days with us researching about dog care, and every detail I could find about his breed. We relied on suggestions from friends as we started taking care of him. But slowly, we were all getting frustrated with how stubborn he could be. Robbie was peeing all over the house, didn’t ever want to sleep in his crate and was destroying everything he could play with like the plants.

Still, he is a blessing. He really brings joy to us. With this, we really embraced our little puppy with so much love and care. Now, at three months old, he knows where to pee already and doesn’t stress us so much anymore. It really feels like he has surrendered to us as his masters. He’s more responsive to us now when we call him, and he stops doing bad things when we say no.

Upon reflecting on this, I can just imagine how patient God is with me. I sin, I make mistakes, I hurt people sometimes. And yet, He’s just there, His saving love readily available to me. He is never a God who punishes, but a God who gives salvation and new life.

Friends, we are God’s children, and as the Greatest Father, He absolutely knows how to take care of us. We are made to worship Him, serve Him, and be His follower to share Jesus to others. Today, we are reminded of our calling to follow Him no matter the cost. In denying ourselves, we must turn our backs from our old, wicked ways. God wants our total dedication, and we take up our cross by giving and surrendering our whole lives to God.

Today, I invite you to take up your cross and follow Jesus. For in Him, there is fullness of life.

Prayer
Lord, I come to You. I surrender everything I am, and everything that I’ll ever be. Make me Your disciple. May my life be a pleasing offering to You. Amen.

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Kirae Geneciran, Little Whispers

Everything Is Awesome

First Reading
EX 33:7-11; 34:5B-9, 28
The tent, which was called the meeting tent,
Moses used to pitch at some distance away, outside the camp.
Anyone who wished to consult the LORD
would go to this meeting tent outside the camp.
Whenever Moses went out to the tent, the people would all rise
and stand at the entrance of their own tents,
watching Moses until he entered the tent.
As Moses entered the tent, the column of cloud would come down
and stand at its entrance while the LORD spoke with Moses.
On seeing the column of cloud stand at the entrance of the tent,
all the people would rise and worship
at the entrance of their own tents.
The LORD used to speak to Moses face to face,
as one man speaks to another.
Moses would then return to the camp,
but his young assistant, Joshua, son of Nun,
would not move out of the tent.

Moses stood there with the LORD and proclaimed his name, “LORD.”
Thus the LORD passed before him and cried out,
“The LORD, the LORD, a merciful and gracious God,
slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity,
continuing his kindness for a thousand generations,
and forgiving wickedness and crime and sin;
yet not declaring the guilty guiltless,
but punishing children and grandchildren
to the third and fourth generation for their fathers’ wickedness!”
Moses at once bowed down to the ground in worship.
Then he said, “If I find favor with you, O LORD,
do come along in our company.
This is indeed a stiff-necked people;
yet pardon our wickedness and sins,
and receive us as your own.”

So Moses stayed there with the LORD for forty days and forty nights,
without eating any food or drinking any water,
and he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant,
the ten commandments.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 103:6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13
R. (8a) The Lord is kind and merciful.
The LORD secures justice
and the rights of all the oppressed.
He has made known his ways to Moses,
and his deeds to the children of Israel.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
Merciful and gracious is the LORD,
slow to anger and abounding in kindness.
He will not always chide,
nor does he keep his wrath forever.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
Not according to our sins does he deal with us,
nor does he requite us according to our crimes.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so surpassing is his kindness toward those who fear him.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he put our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

Gospel
MT 13:36-43
Jesus dismissed the crowds and went into the house.
His disciples approached him and said,
“Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man,
the field is the world, the good seed the children of the Kingdom.
The weeds are the children of the Evil One,
and the enemy who sows them is the Devil.
The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire,
so will it be at the end of the age.
The Son of Man will send his angels,
and they will collect out of his Kingdom
all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.
They will throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun
in the Kingdom of their Father.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”


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“He who sows good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world, the good seed the children of the Kingdom. The weeds are the children of the Evil One, and the enemy who sows them is the Devil.” (Matthew 13:38)

REFLECTION
A few days ago, I had a bad dream.

In that dream, my boyfriend, Andrew and I were having a heart-to-heart conversation in a coffee shop. At first, it seemed very touching. In the middle of our talk, the mood started to change. He suddenly enumerated things that just don’t work between us. Before I knew it, he was already breaking up with me.

Whaaaattt?

I woke up early for a long day of service, my eyes soaked in tears. It felt like I was trying so hard to end that bad dream. When Andrew picked me up that morning, all I could say to him was, “‘Wag mo akong i-invite mag-coffee shop ha, ever.” Then I shared to him my dream, and we just laughed about.

Don’t we all have bad dreams sometimes? Dreams can be really crazy, weird, and scary. And so is life. Life can get really tough. But you know, I think bad things, bad experiences, or even bad dreams allow us to know our God more. To know that He is always for us and never against us, to know that He is and will always be there to deliver us from evil.

And hey, just because you had a bad start doesn’t mean you’re going to fail. Just because you had a bad experience doesn’t mean you won’t try again and succeed. Just because you had a bad day doesn’t mean you’re going to have a bad life. And in my case, just because I had a bad dream doesn’t mean I won’t go to a coffee shop ever again. Hahaha! 😉

Friends, God’s mercies are new every morning. He is planting good seeds in our everyday lives – seeds of faith, hope and love. He does so because He wants us to be happy and grow to become the best version of ourselves.
Truly, with Jesus, everything is awesome! We are just so blessed that we get to encounter His love every single day. And this steadfast love, it’s meant to be shared to bless others. -Kirae Geneciran

Prayer
Jesus, open up my heart to see more of You amidst all the trials and problems I’m facing. Use me as a vessel of Your love and goodness to others. Amen.

Reflection Question
What are the things that keep me from fully seizing the goodness of my Lord?

Kirae Geneciran, Little Whispers

Crazy to Victorious

First Reading
Acts 6:8-15

Stephen, filled with grace and power,
was working great wonders and signs among the people.
Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen,
Cyreneans, and Alexandrians,
and people from Cilicia and Asia,
came forward and debated with Stephen,
but they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.
Then they instigated some men to say,
“We have heard him speaking blasphemous words
against Moses and God.”
They stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes,
accosted him, seized him,
and brought him before the Sanhedrin.
They presented false witnesses who testified,
“This man never stops saying things against this holy place and the law.
For we have heard him claim
that this Jesus the Nazorean will destroy this place
and change the customs that Moses handed down to us.”
All those who sat in the Sanhedrin looked intently at him
and saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30
R. (1ab) Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
or:
R. Alleluia.

Though princes meet and talk against me,
your servant meditates on your statutes.
Yes, your decrees are my delight;
they are my counselors.
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
or:
R. Alleluia.

I declared my ways, and you answered me;
teach me your statutes.
Make me understand the way of your precepts,
and I will meditate on your wondrous deeds.
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
or:
R. Alleluia.

Remove from me the way of falsehood,
and favor me with your law.
The way of truth I have chosen;
I have set your ordinances before me.
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
or:
R. Alleluia.

Gospel
John 6:22-29

[After Jesus had fed the five thousand men, his disciples saw him walking on the sea.]
The next day, the crowd that remained across the sea
saw that there had been only one boat there,
and that Jesus had not gone along with his disciples in the boat,
but only his disciples had left.
Other boats came from Tiberias
near the place where they had eaten the bread
when the Lord gave thanks.
When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there,
they themselves got into boats
and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
And when they found him across the sea they said to him,
“Rabbi, when did you get here?”
Jesus answered them and said,
“Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me
not because you saw signs
but because you ate the loaves and were filled.
Do not work for food that perishes
but for the food that endures for eternal life,
which the Son of Man will give you.
For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.”
So they said to him,
“What can we do to accomplish the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”


 

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“I declared my ways, and you answered me; teach me your statutes. Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous deeds.” (Psalms 119:26-27)

REFLECTION

Earlier this year, Andrew and I had a crazy idea – we planned to go to Mt. Pulag and reach its summit.

Why was it crazy?

You see, I have been less fit, I get tired easily, and once in a while, I find it difficult to breathe due to my weak lungs. To top it off, Andrew and I have no experience in hiking. How in the world would I be able to prepare myself to climb the 3rd highest peak in the Philippines?

But still, we decided to push through. Months before the climb, I had been conditioning myself physically through an everyday visit to the gym. I was hopping on from one blog to another, reading and learning everything I can about Mt. Pulag and the climbing experience. I compiled different lists of things-to-bring that I saw and kept in mind the tips I acquired from endless reading.

Being the ever so positive woman that I am, it’s a shame to admit that at some point during our ascent, I was asking myself, “What did I get myself into?” Sure, I was so excited and pumped up for this. But still, I had to battle with fatigue and one of my greatest fears: heights.

Our trek started at 1:00 AM and all throughout our journey towards the peak, I was just praying to God for a miracle of strength. I persevered with Philippians 3:14 (I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me) as my fuel, and the sight of the wondrous night sky as my inspiration. I kept going, expecting to meet God at the top of this grand mountain.

And God did not fail me. He led and guided me, held my hand and walked with me through the trying times. As soon as I planted my feet on the grounds of the summit, I lied down and just delighted in the grandeur of God’s creation. The magnificent view of the sunrise and sea of clouds unfolding right before my eyes and I couldn’t be more amazed and grateful. Worth it? Absolutely, no doubt.

In life, we all go through journeys like this one, journeys that are too hard for us to bear that we just cry out to God to help us through. So whatever it is that you’re going through right now, hold on to God’s ways and let Him reveal to you the wonders of His love as He leads you to your grand destination – victory. – Kirae Geneciran, YLSS 26 (kiraegeneciran@gmail.com)

Prayer

Lord Jesus, You never fail to answer me when I call upon Your name. May I always seek You in everything I do with all of my mind and heart. Lead me to Your glory everlasting. Amen.

Reflection

At this point in my life, what are the difficult challenges I’m going through? How is God encouraging and inspiring me? Do I always call upon His name whenever I need Him?

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Kirae Geneciran, Little Whispers

What Matters Most

First Reading
Rom 14:7-12

Brothers and sisters:
None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself.
For if we live, we live for the Lord,
and if we die, we die for the Lord;
so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
For this is why Christ died and came to life,
that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
Why then do you judge your brother or sister?
Or you, why do you look down on your brother or sister?
For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God;
for it is written:

As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bend before me,
and every tongue shall give praise to God.

So then each of us shall give an account of himself to God.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 27:1BCDE, 4, 13-14

R. ( 13) I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
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. I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
One thing I ask of the LORD;
this I seek:
To dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
That I may gaze on the loveliness of the LORD
and contemplate his temple.
R. I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
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. I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.

Gospel
Lk 15:1-10

The tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus,
but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying,
“This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
So Jesus addressed this parable to them.
“What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them
would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert
and go after the lost one until he finds it?
And when he does find it,
he sets it on his shoulders with great joy
and, upon his arrival home,
he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them,
‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’
I tell you, in just the same way
there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents
than over ninety-nine righteous people
who have no need of repentance.

“Or what woman having ten coins and losing one
would not light a lamp and sweep the house,
searching carefully until she finds it?
And when she does find it,
she calls together her friends and neighbors
and says to them,
‘Rejoice with me because I have found the coin that I lost.’
In just the same way, I tell you,
there will be rejoicing among the angels of God
over one sinner who repents.”
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REFLECTION

“Love does no evil to the neighbor; hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.” – Rom 14:10

Last night, as I was checking my things when I arrived home, I was surprised that instead of around 500 bucks, all that’s left in my pouch is 20. I honestly couldn’t remember how I lost it. I ordered a meal at a fast food restaurant and immediately put the change inside my pouch. I kept recalling how I misplaced but I failed.

I felt I had the right to get angry and shout curses. I have just recently paid for my phone bill, an expensive concert ticket and an out-of-the-country trip for next year. With this, I am also on a tight budget right now. But in my frustration, I just came to God in prayer, believing that went straight into the hands of the person who needs it more than I do.

At the end of the day, I still felt blessed that I got home safely, with enough money for parking, gas, toll plus dinner with my team. In the same way, I also thanked the Lord for using me to bless others even beyond my knowledge.

In today’s gospel, God invites us to take up our crosses and follow Him. See what matters most: LOVE.

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” – Colossians 3:12

Friends, always look at the bright side. We are truly overly blessed in the simplest ways. Share your blessings. Love someone today. – Kirae Geneciran (kiraegeneciran@gmail.com)

Prayer

Lord, continue to use me as your instrument of love and blessing to others.

Reflection Question

How can I be Jesus to someone every day?

Kirae Geneciran, Little Whispers

Go, Grow, Glow

First Reading
Ezr 1:1-6

In the first year of Cyrus, king of Persia,
in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah,
the LORD inspired King Cyrus of Persia
to issue this proclamation throughout his kingdom,
both by word of mouth and in writing:
“Thus says Cyrus, king of Persia:
‘All the kingdoms of the earth
the LORD, the God of heaven, has given to me,
and he has also charged me to build him a house in Jerusalem,
which is in Judah.
Therefore, whoever among you belongs to any part of his people,
let him go up, and may his God be with him!
Let everyone who has survived, in whatever place he may have dwelt,
be assisted by the people of that place
with silver, gold, goods, and cattle,
together with free-will offerings
for the house of God in Jerusalem.’”

Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin
and the priests and Levites–
everyone, that is, whom God had inspired to do so–
prepared to go up to build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem.
All their neighbors gave them help in every way,
with silver, gold, goods, and cattle,
and with many precious gifts
besides all their free-will offerings.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 126:1B-2AB, 2CD-3, 4-5, 6
R. (3) The Lord has done marvels for us.

When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
we were like men dreaming.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with rejoicing.
R. The Lord has done marvels for us.
Then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us;
we are glad indeed.
R. The Lord has done marvels for us.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like the torrents in the southern desert.
Those that sow in tears
shall reap rejoicing.
R. The Lord has done marvels for us.
Although they go forth weeping,
carrying the seed to be sown,
They shall come back rejoicing,
carrying their sheaves.
R. The Lord has done marvels for us.

Gospel
Lk 8:16-18

Jesus said to the crowd:
“No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel
or sets it under a bed;
rather, he places it on a lampstand
so that those who enter may see the light.
For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible,
and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.
Take care, then, how you hear.
To anyone who has, more will be given,
and from the one who has not,
even what he seems to have will be taken away.”
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REFLECTION

“No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lamp stand so that those who enter may see the light.” – Matthew 8:16

I can honestly say that I am not afraid of darkness. Well, most of the time. 😛 I don’t mind brownouts. I would usually open the rest of the lights of our house when we come home late from gatherings. As people would often say, hindi ako “duwag.”

But there’s a certain type of darkness I sometimes get scared of. Darkness in the forms of sin, hatred, burdens, pain and suffering overwhelm me at times. I get distracted, I stumble, I fall. I literally shake in fear even.

Today, as I reflected upon this short but very meaningful gospel, I realized that I am not afraid of darkness simply because I shine God’s light wherever I go. In every path I take, I am my own flashlight. I am God’s lamp. And this light that I possess, it never dies.  It just shines bright (like a diamond hehe) all the time.

God encourages you to rejoice in this truth of light. In the same way, we also let His light shine in our spiritual life. Don’t allow your burdens cover the light of God. We should not let problems dominate our life no matter how important they are. Come on, in the eyes of God, we are the most important. We are VIPs. Remember, God will never want us to suffer. He wants the fruits of our suffering.

In your journey of life, do not be afraid of darkness. You are God’s lamp. You are an ambassador of God’s light. Shine, radiate His goodness.

And as followers of God, this is His invitation for us today:

“GO, you are blessed, bless more people. GROW in my power and in Your faith. GLOW more in my love and light up the world, one lamp at a time.”

 – Kirae Geneciran

Prayer

Lord God, I proclaim that I am an ambassador of Your undying light. May I always illuminate Your love in every person that I will meet. Bless me more Lord as I want to bless more people. Use me mightily oh God. This is my prayer today. Amen.

Reflection Question

How do we reflect this truth and bless others by shining God’s light?

Kirae Geneciran, Little Whispers

Yours and Mine

First Reading
2 Cor 9:6-10

Brothers and sisters:
Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,
and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion,
for God loves a cheerful giver.
Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you,
so that in all things, always having all you need,
you may have an abundance for every good work.
As it is written:

He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.

The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food
will supply and multiply your seed
and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 112:1-2, 5-6, 7-8, 9
R. (5) Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.

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 is gracious and lends to those in need.
Well for the man who is gracious and lends,
who conducts his affairs with justice;
He shall never be moved;
the just one shall be in everlasting remembrance.
R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.
An evil report he shall not fear;
his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.
His heart is steadfast; he shall not fear
till he looks down upon his foes.
R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.
Lavishly he gives to the poor,
his generosity shall endure forever;
his horn shall be exalted in glory.
R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.

Gospel
Jn 12:24-26

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies,
it remains just a grain of wheat;
but if it dies, it produces much fruit.
Whoever loves his life loses it,
and whoever hates his life in this world
will preserve it for eternal life.
Whoever serves me must follow me,
and where I am, there also will my servant be.
The Father will honor whoever serves me.”
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REFLECTION

“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.” – Jn 12:24

About eight years ago, my family transferred to a new home, with our village located in what is known as the biggest subdivision in Asia. Coffee shops, hang-out bars and good restaurants are just a 5-10 minute tricycle ride from our house. As a teenager, there was no doubt that I enjoyed this setup. Day in, day out, I would spend time with my friends after school and would still be able to go home early to join my family for dinner. To simply describe it, my life was truly convenient, colorful and alive.

College came and as God granted my desire to study in my dream school (UPLB), I knew that it also entailed sacrifices on my part. I had to temporarily let go of my convenient life here in the metro and live in a dormitory near my school which is about a 2-hour travel from home.

For four years, I would go home on a weekly basis only. Numerous times I missed out on a lot of special gatherings and celebrations, making me miss my friends and loved ones. Although I was very happy with my life in LB, feelings of homesickness and sadness sometimes hit me. These feelings even made me question God’s purpose in my life.

By God’s grace, I was able to embrace this cross, say yes to His will and reject all my fears and doubts. I could honestly say that those were the best four years of my life. I would only go to school four days a week and every week, I would enjoy my long weekends filled with quality time with myself, loved ones through dates & gatherings, and God through service. At present, I am reaping the fruits of my selflessness and hard work. I am currently employed and I now have all the time I want to enjoy my youth.

We are just like the grain that Jesus is trying to tell us in today’s word. In life, we will have to experience sacrifices, die to ourselves and follow Jesus where He takes us even when we don’t seem to understand. It won’t be easy. So always keep this in mind: if it dies, it produces much fruit.” Whatever His plan is for you, make it yours, Embrace it. Go, follow Jesus and reap your heavenly, abundant rewards!

As you listen to this song, make this your prayer today, believing that all the days of our lives will be fruitful because we have chosen to be followers of Jesus.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XH09MwYcgfg

– Kirae Geneciran (kiraegeneciran@gmail.com)

Reflection

Do you delight in the Lord and follow gladly the path He has chosen for you?

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Kirae Geneciran, Little Whispers

Everything

First Reading
Gn 44:18-21, 23B-29; 45:1-5

Judah approached Joseph and said: “I beg you, my lord,
let your servant speak earnestly to my lord,
and do not become angry with your servant,
for you are the equal of Pharaoh.
My lord asked your servants, ‘Have you a father, or another brother?’
So we said to my lord, ‘We have an aged father,
and a young brother, the child of his old age.
This one’s full brother is dead,
and since he is the only one by that mother who is left,
his father dotes on him.’
Then you told your servants,
‘Bring him down to me that my eyes may look on him.
Unless your youngest brother comes back with you,
you shall not come into my presence again.’
When we returned to your servant our father,
we reported to him the words of my lord.

“Later, our father told us to come back and buy some food for the family.
So we reminded him, ‘We cannot go down there;
only if our youngest brother is with us can we go,
for we may not see the man if our youngest brother is not with us.’
Then your servant our father said to us,
‘As you know, my wife bore me two sons.
One of them, however, disappeared, and I had to conclude
that he must have been torn to pieces by wild beasts;
I have not seen him since.
If you now take this one away from me, too,
and some disaster befalls him,
you will send my white head down to the nether world in grief.’“

Joseph could no longer control himself
in the presence of all his attendants,
so he cried out, “Have everyone withdraw from me!”
Thus no one else was about when he made himself known to his brothers.
But his sobs were so loud that the Egyptians heard him,
and so the news reached Pharaoh’s palace.
“I am Joseph,” he said to his brothers.
“Is my father still in good health?”
But his brothers could give him no answer,
so dumbfounded were they at him.

“Come closer to me,” he told his brothers.
When they had done so, he said:
“I am your brother Joseph, whom you once sold into Egypt.
But now do not be distressed,
and do not reproach yourselves for having sold me here.
It was really for the sake of saving lives
that God sent me here ahead of you.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21
R. (5a) Remember the marvels the Lord has done.
or:
R. Alleluia.

When the LORD called down a famine on the land
and ruined the crop that sustained them,
He sent a man before them,
Joseph, sold as a slave.
R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done.
or:
R. Alleluia.

They had weighed him down with fetters,
and he was bound with chains,
Till his prediction came to pass
and the word of the LORD proved him true.
R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done.
or:
R. Alleluia.

The king sent and released him,
the ruler of the peoples set him free.
He made him lord of his house
and ruler of all his possessions.
R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Gospel
Mt 10:7-15

Jesus said to his Apostles:
“As you go, make this proclamation:
‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
Cure the sick, raise the dead,
cleanse the lepers, drive out demons.
Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.
Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts;
no sack for the journey, or a second tunic,
or sandals, or walking stick.
The laborer deserves his keep.
Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it,
and stay there until you leave.
As you enter a house, wish it peace.
If the house is worthy,
let your peace come upon it;
if not, let your peace return to you.
Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words—
go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet.
Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable
for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment
than for that town.”
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July 11

 REFLECTION

“As you go, make this proclamation:
‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
Cure the sick, raise the dead,
cleanse the lepers, drive out demons.

 

As I grow older, I believe that God continues to guide me and give me the wisdom I need to face life-changing trials and decisions. When I think about it now, I am still in complete awe of how I managed to accomplish everything I’ve done so far and graduate on time. Along the way, I also encountered a lot of challenges and conflicts that pulled me down.

This is what I do: I claim my miracles every day. I wake up early and spend time reading His word and praying for me and my loved ones. I also take time to read inspirational books and sharing positivity through social media. When difficulties come that I cannot handle anymore, I let Him do it for me. I let God be God and just love me. I let God do His wonders in my life. I let God heal me when I’m sick or broken. I let God do miracles for me when some things seem impossible.

Today, God reminds us that His power cannot be defeated. Impossible is nothing for God. Friends, God can be everything for you. He can be your Redeemer, your Savior and your personal diary. He can be your Restorer if you need restoration in your life, in your relationships. He can be your Miracle-Giver. He can be a Romantic lover. Did you know that He actually made the sunset and sunrise because He is simply a romantic God?

It’s not about how, what or who He can be. It’s about who He is. He can be everything for you. Friends, He IS all of these and more for YOU. He is EVERYTHING. He will always be EVERYTHING.

Go and live your life to the fullest. Proclaim it, believe it! He can do everything for you. And more! Expect that God will surprise you. Big time! – Kirae Geneciran (kiraegeneciran@gmail.com)

 

PRAYER

Lord, I take a leap of faith today and forevermore, knowing that nothing is impossible for You. I know that Your blessings and miracles will ever chase me. Thank You for Your unending grace, Your unending love. I trust You with all my heart. Amen.

Reflection Question

Who is God to me at this moment of my life?

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