Little Whispers, Mico Fernandez

Season Break

First Reading
1 Kgs 17: 17 – 24

Elijah went to Zarephath of Sidon to the house of a widow.
The son of the mistress of the house fell sick,
and his sickness grew more severe until he stopped breathing.
So she said to Elijah,
“Why have you done this to me, O man of God?
Have you come to me to call attention to my guilt
and to kill my son?”
Elijah said to her, “Give me your son.”
Taking him from her lap, he carried the son to the upper room
where he was staying, and put him on his bed.
Elijah called out to the LORD:
“O LORD, my God,
will you afflict even the widow with whom I am staying
by killing her son?”
Then he stretched himself out upon the child three times
and called out to the LORD:
“O LORD, my God,
let the life breath return to the body of this child.”
The LORD heard the prayer of Elijah;
the life breath returned to the child’s body and he revived.
Taking the child, Elijah brought him down into the house
from the upper room and gave him to his mother.
Elijah said to her, “See! Your son is alive.”
The woman replied to Elijah,
“Now indeed I know that you are a man of God.
The word of the LORD comes truly from your mouth.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 30: 2, 4 – 6, 11 – 13

R. (2a) I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
I will extol you, O LORD, for you drew me clear
and did not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O LORD, you brought me up from the nether world;
you preserved me from among those going down into the pit.
R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
Sing praise to the LORD, you his faithful ones,
and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger lasts but a moment;
a lifetime, his good will.
At nightfall, weeping enters in,
but with the dawn, rejoicing.
R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
Hear, O LORD, and have pity on me;
O LORD, be my helper.
You changed my mourning into dancing;
O LORD, my God, forever will I give you thanks.
R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.

Second Reading
Gal 1: 11 – 19

I want you to know, brothers and sisters,
that the gospel preached by me is not of human origin.
For I did not receive it from a human being, nor was I taught it,
but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

For you heard of my former way of life in Judaism,
how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure
and tried to destroy it, and progressed in Judaism
beyond many of my contemporaries among my race,
since I was even more a zealot for my ancestral traditions.
But when God, who from my mother’s womb had set me apart
and called me through his grace,
was pleased to reveal his Son to me,
so that I might proclaim him to the Gentiles,
I did not immediately consult flesh and blood,
nor did I go up to Jerusalem
to those who were apostles before me; 
rather, I went into Arabia and then returned to Damascus.

Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem
to confer with Cephas and remained with him for fifteen days.
But I did not see any other of the apostles,
only James the brother of the Lord.

Gospel
Lk 7: 11 – 17

Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain,
and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him.
As he drew near to the gate of the city,
a man who had died was being carried out,
the only son of his mother, and she was a widow.
A large crowd from the city was with her.
When the Lord saw her,
he was moved with pity for her and said to her,
“Do not weep.”
He stepped forward and touched the coffin;
at this the bearers halted,
and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!”
The dead man sat up and began to speak,
and Jesus gave him to his mother.
Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming,
“A great prophet has arisen in our midst, ”
and “God has visited his people.”
This report about him spread through the whole of Judea
and in all the surrounding region.

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REFLECTION

“Young man, I tell you, arise!”

“Crack” was the sound I heard as I fell to the ground.

I was in a middle of a basketball game when I fell and used my hand to balance my fall. I couldn’t move my right hand had to be taken out. I was brought to the clinic nervous to find out the inevitable, it was diagnosed as a fractured wrist. The doctor required me to rest and let it heal for 2-3 months. This would mean me missing a big chunk of the basketball season.

I felt upset and disappointed as I trained hard for 6 months only to find out that I wouldn’t be able to play a handful of games for the season. I wasn’t even sure if I could come back and play basketball like before as the hand that I injured was my shooting hand.

But of course, I had nothing else to do but to embrace the situation that I was in. I would still go to practice and watch the games on the bench and support my team in any way I can. It was not something that I envisioned myself to enjoy, but for some reason, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Fortunately and by the grace of God, the fracture healed well and I was able to play again, better and more driven than ever and was able to finish the season.

The fracture was something I didn’t have in mind, but God’s ways are not our ways. He allows detours and road blocks to happen because He has a better plan for us. You might be praying for something right now, but God still hasn’t given it to you. Just as he resurrected the man in the right and proper time in the Gospel today, he is likewise telling us to be patient and believe that he’s preparing something greater for us. God’s delays are never His denials.  – Mico Fernandez (Fernandez.mfm@gmail.com)

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, Thank you for your perfect plan for me. I know that the best is yet to come. Amen

REFLECTION

What are you praying for?

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Little Whispers, Mico Fernandez

Equals

First Reading
Acts 22:30; 23:6-11

Wishing to determine the truth
about why Paul was being accused by the Jews,
the commander freed him
and ordered the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin to convene.
Then he brought Paul down and made him stand before them.

Paul was aware that some were Sadducees and some Pharisees,
so he called out before the Sanhedrin,
“My brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees;
I am on trial for hope in the resurrection of the dead.”
When he said this,
a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and Sadducees,
and the group became divided.
For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection
or angels or spirits,
while the Pharisees acknowledge all three.
A great uproar occurred,
and some scribes belonging to the Pharisee party
stood up and sharply argued,
“We find nothing wrong with this man.
Suppose a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?”
The dispute was so serious that the commander,
afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by them,
ordered his troops to go down and rescue Paul from their midst
and take him into the compound.
The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage.
For just as you have borne witness to my cause in Jerusalem,
so you must also bear witness in Rome.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 16:1-2A AND 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
R. (1) Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.

Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
I say to the LORD, “My Lord are you.”
O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
you it is who hold fast my lot.
R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
I bless the LORD who counsels me;
even in the night my heart exhorts me.
I set the LORD ever before me;
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
my body, too, abides in confidence;
Because you will not abandon my soul to the nether world,
nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.
R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
You will show me the path to life,
fullness of joys in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.
R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.

Gospel
Jn 17:20-26

Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying:
“I pray not only for these,
but also for those who will believe in me through their word,
so that they may all be one,
as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
that they also may be in us,
that the world may believe that you sent me.
And I have given them the glory you gave me,
so that they may be one, as we are one,
I in them and you in me,
that they may be brought to perfection as one,
that the world may know that you sent me,
and that you loved them even as you loved me.
Father, they are your gift to me.
I wish that where I am they also may be with me,
that they may see my glory that you gave me,
because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
Righteous Father, the world also does not know you,
but I know you, and they know that you sent me.
I made known to them your name and I will make it known,
that the love with which you loved me
may be in them and I in them.”

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balance

REFLECTION

“That the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.” – Jn 17 : 26

 

I was born in between 2 super smart siblings. Trina, my older sister was a consistent honor student and graduated Cum Laude in College. Robby, my younger brother, is a boy genius. I on the other hand was just your average student.

When I was younger, I tried to compete with my siblings and studied really hard. But of course, despite the added effort, I would always end up disappointed as this was something that they were really just good at. This led me to explore sports and other activities. That became my outlet, what I couldn’t do in the classroom, I could do in the basketball court. I was so into sports that I would always look forward to recess, lunch break and dismissal as this was where I was able to showcase my talent. It was something that I was really good at. While this was happening, my parents supported me every step of the way. Even if I was different from my siblings, I felt that they were proud of me and i realized that they love me and my siblings equally despite our differences.

The Gospel today tells us that the love of God is constant and consistent. It is the same love that Jesus showed us when he died on the cross to save us from sin. It is also the same love that we feel through the other people around us. No matter what we do or the sins we commit, always remember that God loves us the same and is proud of us no matter what. – Mico Fernandez (Fernandez.mfm@gmail.com)

PRAYER

Dear Lord, may we feel your love love through the people around you.

REFLECTION QUESTION

How do you show the love of Jesus to others?

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Little Whispers, Mico Fernandez

Finish Line

First Reading
Is 50: 4 – 7

The Lord GOD has given me
a well-trained tongue,
that I might know how to speak to the weary
a word that will rouse them.
Morning after morning
he 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.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 22: 8-9, 17-20, 23-24

R. (2a) My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
All who see me scoff at me;
they mock me with parted lips, they wag their heads:
“He relied on the LORD; let him deliver him,
let him rescue him, if he loves him.”
R. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
Indeed, many dogs surround me,
a pack of evildoers closes in upon me;
They have pierced my hands and my feet;
I can count all my bones.
R. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
They divide my garments among them,
and for my vesture they cast lots.
But you, O LORD, be not far from me;
O my help, hasten to aid me.
R. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
I will proclaim your name to my brethren;
in the midst of the assembly I will praise you:
“You who fear the LORD, praise him;
all you descendants of Jacob, give glory to him;
revere him, all you descendants of Israel!”
R. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

Second Reading
Phil 2: 6-11

Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
coming in human likeness;
and found human in appearance,
he humbled himself,
becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name
which is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Gospel
Lk 23: 1 – 49

The elders of the people, chief priests and scribes,
arose and brought Jesus before Pilate.
They brought charges against him, saying,
“We found this man misleading our people;
he opposes the payment of taxes to Caesar
and maintains that he is the Christ, a king.”
Pilate asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
He said to him in reply, “You say so.”
Pilate then addressed the chief priests and the crowds,
“I find this man not guilty.”
But they were adamant and said,
“He is inciting the people with his teaching throughout all Judea,
from Galilee where he began even to here.”

On hearing this Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean;
and upon learning that he was under Herod’s jurisdiction,
he sent him to Herod who was in Jerusalem at that time.
Herod was very glad to see Jesus;
he had been wanting to see him for a long time,
for he had heard about him
and had been hoping to see him perform some sign.
He questioned him at length,
but he gave him no answer.
The chief priests and scribes, meanwhile,
stood by accusing him harshly.
Herod and his soldiers treated him contemptuously and mocked him,
and after clothing him in resplendent garb,
he sent him back to Pilate.
Herod and Pilate became friends that very day,
even though they had been enemies formerly.
Pilate then summoned the chief priests, the rulers, and the people
and said to them, “You brought this man to me
and accused him of inciting the people to revolt.
I have conducted my investigation in your presence
and have not found this man guilty
of the charges you have brought against him,
nor did Herod, for he sent him back to us.
So no capital crime has been committed by him.
Therefore I shall have him flogged and then release him.”

But all together they shouted out,
“Away with this man!
Release Barabbas to us.”
— Now Barabbas had been imprisoned for a rebellion
that had taken place in the city and for murder. —
Again Pilate addressed them, still wishing to release Jesus,
but they continued their shouting,
“Crucify him! Crucify him!”
Pilate addressed them a third time,
“What evil has this man done?
I found him guilty of no capital crime.
Therefore I shall have him flogged and then release him.”
With loud shouts, however,
they persisted in calling for his crucifixion,
and their voices prevailed.
The verdict of Pilate was that their demand should be granted.
So he released the man who had been imprisoned
for rebellion and murder, for whom they asked,
and he handed Jesus over to them to deal with as they wished.

As they led him away
they took hold of a certain Simon, a Cyrenian,
who was coming in from the country;
and after laying the cross on him,
they made him carry it behind Jesus.
A large crowd of people followed Jesus,
including many women who mourned and lamented him.
Jesus turned to them and said,
“Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me;
weep instead for yourselves and for your children
for indeed, the days are coming when people will say,
‘Blessed are the barren,
the wombs that never bore
and the breasts that never nursed.’
At that time people will say to the mountains,
‘Fall upon us!’
and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’
for if these things are done when the wood is green
what will happen when it is dry?”
Now two others, both criminals,
were led away with him to be executed.

When they came to the place called the Skull,
they crucified him and the criminals there,
one on his right, the other on his left.
Then Jesus said,
“Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”
They divided his garments by casting lots.
The people stood by and watched;
the rulers, meanwhile, sneered at him and said,
“He saved others, let him save himself
if he is the chosen one, the Christ of God.”
Even the soldiers jeered at him.
As they approached to offer him wine they called out,
“If you are King of the Jews, save yourself.”
Above him there was an inscription that read,
“This is the King of the Jews.”

Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying,
“Are you not the Christ?
Save yourself and us.”
The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply,
“Have you no fear of God,
for you are subject to the same condemnation?
And indeed, we have been condemned justly,
for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes,
but this man has done nothing criminal.”
Then he said,
“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
He replied to him,
“Amen, I say to you,
today you will be with me in Paradise.”

It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land
until three in the afternoon
because of an eclipse of the sun.
Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle.
Jesus cried out in a loud voice,
“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”;
and when he had said this he breathed his last.

Here all kneel and pause for a short time.

The centurion who witnessed what had happened glorified God and said,
“This man was innocent beyond doubt.”
When all the people who had gathered for this spectacle
saw what had happened,
they returned home beating their breasts;
but all his acquaintances stood at a distance,
including the women who had followed him from Galilee
and saw these events.

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finish-line

REFLECTION

“He prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing,  take this cup away from me;  still, not my will but yours be done.” - Luke 22:42

“16k?! Tatakbo kang 16k?! Hindi mo kaya yan! Kahit ako hindi ko kaya yan eh!”

Those were the words that I uttered to my brother Ryan, when I learned that he signed up for a 16 kilometer run. I was challenged and decided to sign up for the same race while having no idea on how we will be able to finish it without much training.

Race day came and I was determined to run all of the 16 kilometers and challenged Ryan to do the same. As the kilometres piled up, it became harder and harder. It was around 12 kilometers, when we wanted to quit and just walk all the way. But by God’s grace, we got over that hump and carried on to what was the longest 4km of our lives, literally exhausting all our energy just to finish. We crossed the finish line after 2 hours of non-stop running. That was when I told Ryan, “Kaya pala”.

The Gospel today tells us the passion and the death of our Lord Jesus Christ. You might be going through something right now and just want to give up, but always remember that the Jesus already ran the race for you, he has endured the pain for us so that we can enjoy ourselves at the finish line. He’s always there beside us in every trial and problem telling us, “Kaya mo yan.” – Mico Fernandez (fernandez.mfm@gmail.com)

PRAYER
Dear Lord, thank you for saving us through the cross. Thank you for the love and the victory you have brought in my life.

REFLECTION QUESTION
When was the last time I let go and let God work in my life?

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Little Whispers, Mico Fernandez

Squeegee

First Reading
Heb 3:7-14

The Holy Spirit says:
Oh, that today you would hear his voice,
“Harden not your hearts as at the rebellion
in the day of testing in the desert,
where your ancestors tested and tried me
and saw my works for forty years.
Because of this I was provoked with that generation
and I said, ‘They have always been of erring heart,
and they do not know my ways.’
As I swore in my wrath,
‘They shall not enter into my rest.’”

Take care, brothers and sisters,
that none of you may have an evil and unfaithful heart,
so as to forsake the living God.
Encourage yourselves daily while it is still “today,”
so that none of you may grow hardened by the deceit of sin.
We have become partners of Christ
if only we hold the beginning of the reality firm until the end.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 95:6-7C, 8-9, 10-11

R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Come, let us bow down in worship;
let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
For he is our God,
and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Oh, that today you would hear his voice:
“Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as in the day of Massah in the desert,
Where your fathers tempted me;
they tested me though they had seen my works.”
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Forty years I was wearied of that generation;
I said: “This people’s heart goes astray,
they do not know my ways.”
Therefore I swore in my anger:
“They shall never enter my rest.”
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Gospel
Mk 1:40-45

A leper came to him and kneeling down begged him and said,
“If you wish, you can make me clean.”
Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand,
touched the leper, and said to him,
“I do will it. Be made clean.”
The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.
Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once.
Then he said to him, “See that you tell no one anything,
but go, show yourself to the priest
and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed;
that will be proof for them.”
The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter.
He spread the report abroad
so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly.
He remained outside in deserted places,
and people kept coming to him from everywhere.

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REFLECTION

“If you wish, you can make me clean.” Mk 1:40

When I was a little kid, I used to enjoy going to the gas stations and wait for the gas boys to clean our windshield with their “squeegee.” I would watch them closely as they apply the soap and take it out with the blade on the other side leaving the windshield squeaky clean and dirt-free. Because of my fascination with this “squeegee,” my mom decided to buy one for me to play with, so I can actually try and do the cleaning myself at home. Exciting as it was, I was quite disappointed because it didn’t yield the same results they get in the gasoline stations. Ever since then, I left the job of cleaning our car’s windshield to the gas boys.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us that we only have to go to him, and he will make us clean. No matter how much we have hurt him, he still welcomes us and forgives us in a way nothing can ever compare in this world. We often try to do things in our own way, forgetting that he is always there for us. He’s just waiting for us to make that one step and he’ll continue the rest of the way. The Leper in the Gospel made that one step, and it changed his life forever.

Jesus is like the gasoline boy always looking forward for us to gas up so that he can work his magic “squeegee” in our lives in a special way, like no other.  Go, take that step towards Him and allow him make you clean. – Mico Fernandez (fernandez.mfm@gmail.com)

 

PRAYER
Dear Jesus, give me the grace to make that step towards you and allow you transform me to the person you want me to be. Amen.

REFLECTION
Which areas of your life need healing from the Lord?

 

 

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Little Whispers, Mico Fernandez

Be Still and Know He is god

FIRST READING
2 Sm 12:1-7a, 10-17

The LORD sent Nathan to David, and when he came to him,
Nathan said: “Judge this case for me!
In a certain town there were two men, one rich, the other poor.
The rich man had flocks and herds in great numbers.
But the poor man had nothing at all
except one little ewe lamb that he had bought.
He nourished her, and she grew up with him and his children.
She shared the little food he had
and drank from his cup and slept in his bosom.
She was like a daughter to him.
Now, the rich man received a visitor,
but he would not take from his own flocks and herds
to prepare a meal for the wayfarer who had come to him.
Instead he took the poor man’s ewe lamb
and made a meal of it for his visitor.”
David grew very angry with that man and said to him:
“As the LORD lives, the man who has done this merits death!
He shall restore the ewe lamb fourfold
because he has done this and has had no pity.”

Then Nathan said to David: “You are the man!
Thus says the LORD God of Israel:
‘The sword shall never depart from your house,
because you have despised me
and have taken the wife of Uriah to be your wife.’
Thus says the LORD:
‘I will bring evil upon you out of your own house.
I will take your wives while you live to see it,
and will give them to your neighbor.
He shall lie with your wives in broad daylight.
You have done this deed in secret,
but I will bring it about in the presence of all Israel,
and with the sun looking down.'”

Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.”
Nathan answered David: “The LORD on his part has forgiven your sin:
you shall not die.
But since you have utterly spurned the LORD by this deed,
the child born to you must surely die.”
Then Nathan returned to his house.

The LORD struck the child that the wife of Uriah had borne to David,
and it became desperately ill.
David besought God for the child.
He kept a fast, retiring for the night
to lie on the ground clothed in sackcloth.
The elders of his house stood beside him
urging him to rise from the ground; but he would not,
nor would he take food with them.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 51:12-13, 14-15, 16-17
R. (12a) Create a clean heart in me, O God.

A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
and your Holy Spirit take not from me.
R. Create a clean heart in me, O God.
Give me back the joy of your salvation,
and a willing spirit sustain in me.
I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners shall return to you.
R. Create a clean heart in me, O God.
Free me from blood guilt, O God, my saving God;
then my tongue shall revel in your justice.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
R. Create a clean heart in me, O God.

Gospel
Mk 4:35-41

On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples:
“Let us cross to the other side.”
Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as he was.
And other boats were with him.
A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat,
so that it was already filling up.
Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion.
They woke him and said to him,
“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
He woke up,
rebuked the wind,
and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!”
The wind ceased and there was great calm.
Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified?
Do you not yet have faith?”
They were filled with great awe and said to one another,
“Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”
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REFLECTION
“He said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind ceased and there was great calm.”

Last April, I attended a 5 day silent retreat in Baguio. To tell you the truth, I went there unprepared. I challenged the Lord to surprise me and to strengthen my faith in Him as I was about to face uncertainty after graduating College. I’ve never prayed so hard like I did during those 5 days and as a result, it allowed me to have a different kind of relationship with God. In the silence of my heart, I was able to communicate to Him in a way like never before, as I was so used to praying to him through my words and through the music I play.

In today’s Word, God is challenging us to be still and have faith in Him when we are not in control. It’s so easy to complain and to be angry at God at times when we experience trials and problems. But the Lord reminds us that He is much bigger than anything that comes our way. If He can calm the storms and make the sea obey Him, what more when it comes to our problems?

I expected that after 5 days in silent prayer, He would answer my question on what direction He wants me to take after graduating College. And true to His Promise, He did. Come to think of it, maybe it is also his message to all of us through the Gospel today, it’s to be still, have faith in Him and know that He is our God. -Mico Fernandez. YLSS#22

Prayer:
Dear Lord, allow us to hear your voice amidst the noise and the chaos that surrounds us. Grant us the grace of faith so that we may trust you everyday of our lives. Amen.
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Little Whispers, Mico Fernandez

Gold Mine

FIRST READING
Is 42:1-4, 6-7

Thus says the LORD:
Here is my servant whom I uphold,
my chosen one with whom I am pleased,
upon whom I have put my spirit;
he shall bring forth justice to the nations,
not crying out, not shouting,
not making his voice heard in the street.
a bruised reed he shall not break,
and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,
until he establishes justice on the earth;
the coastlands will wait for his teaching.

I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice,
I have grasped you by the hand;
I formed you, and set you
as a covenant of the people,
a light for the nations,
to open the eyes of the blind,
to bring out prisoners from confinement,
and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.

Or

Is 55:1-11
Thus says the LORD:
All you who are thirsty,
come to the water!
You who have no money,
come, receive grain and eat;
come, without paying and without cost,
drink wine and milk!
Why spend your money for what is not bread,
your wages for what fails to satisfy?
Heed me, and you shall eat well,
you shall delight in rich fare.
Come to me heedfully,
listen, that you may have life.
I will renew with you the everlasting covenant,
the benefits assured to David.
As I made him a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander of nations,
so shall you summon a nation you knew not,
and nations that knew you not shall run to you,
because of the LORD, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, who has glorified you.

Seek the LORD while he may be found,
call him while he is near.
Let the scoundrel forsake his way,
and the wicked man his thoughts;
let him turn to the LORD for mercy;
to our God, who is generous in forgiving.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
As high as the heavens are above the earth
so high are my ways above your ways
and my thoughts above your thoughts.

For just as from the heavens
the rain and snow come down
and do not return there
till they have watered the earth,
making it fertile and fruitful,
giving seed to the one who sows
and bread to the one who eats,
so shall my word be
that goes forth from my mouth;
my word shall not return to me void,
but shall do my will,
achieving the end for which I sent it.

Or

Acts 10:35-38
Peter proceeded to speak to those gathered
in the house of Cornelius, saying:
“In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.
Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly
is acceptable to him.
You know the word that he sent to the Israelites
as he proclaimed peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all,
what has happened all over Judea,
beginning in Galilee after the baptism
that John preached,
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
with the Holy Spirit and power.
He went about doing good
and healing all those oppressed by the devil,
for God was with him.”

Or

1 Jn 5:1-9
Beloved:
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.
Who indeed is the victor over the world
but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

This is the one who came through water and blood, Jesus Christ,
not by water alone, but by water and blood.
The Spirit is the one who testifies,
and the Spirit is truth.
So there are three that testify,
the Spirit, the water, and the blood,
and the three are of one accord.
If we accept human testimony,
the testimony of God is surely greater.
Now the testimony of God is this,
that he has testified on behalf of his Son.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10.
R. (11b) The Lord will bless his people with peace.

Give to the LORD, you sons of God,
give to the LORD glory and praise,
Give to the LORD the glory due his name;
adore the LORD in holy attire.
R. The Lord will bless his people with peace.
The voice of the LORD is over the waters,
the LORD, over vast waters.
The voice of the LORD is mighty;
the voice of the LORD is majestic.
R. The Lord will bless his people with peace.
The God of glory thunders,
and in his temple all say, “Glory!”
The LORD is enthroned above the flood;
the LORD is enthroned as king forever.
R. The Lord will bless his people with peace.

Or

Is 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6.
R. (3) You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

God indeed is my savior;
I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
With joy you will draw water
at the fountain of salvation.
R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name;
among the nations make known his deeds,
proclaim how exalted is his name.
R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement;
let this be known throughout all the earth.
Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,
for great in your midst
is the Holy One of Israel!
R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

Gospel
Mk 1:7-11

This is what John the Baptist proclaimed:
“One mightier than I is coming after me.
I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals.
I have baptized you with water;
he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee
and was baptized in the Jordan by John.
On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open
and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him.
And a voice came from the heavens,
“You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
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REFLECTION
“Jesus came with his disciples into the house. Again the crowd gathered, making it impossible for them even to eat. When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.””

In the high school that I went to, we had block sections from 2nd year to 4th year. The moment I saw his name on my second year class list, I knew then and there that I would never get along with this guy for the next three years. The “him” that I’m talking about was a guy from our batch who had a really bad reputation. He was the most annoying guy in my class, he was rude, loud and ill-mannered.

There were times that he would invite himself to my barkada’s outings and we would make excuses and all just so that he wouldn’t be able to come with us. All of us shared the same sentiments towards this guy except my best friend. He would go and tell us to give this guy a chance, and try to get to know him better. He would invite him to our get-togethers and tried to have an open mind towards this guy. It was really hard at first but when I decided to get to know him better, I was able to see that this guy was not that bad as I thought. The perception that I had created in my mind made me focus on the negative side and failed to appreciate his good side. I realized that he was a completely different person from how I perceived him to be. What was annoying before, was actually really funny in a different perspective. To cut the story short, the moment I gave myself a chance to be his friend I got to discover what a remarkable person he really was. Up to now, he is one of my closest friends, a person whom I can really trust.

I remembered this story when I read the Gospel for today. People don’t understand why Jesus ate with the sinners and the outcasts. Of all the people in the world, why would he choose these people who didn’t have worth in society?

Jesus invites us today to be like him, to get to know people without judgments. There is always something worth discovering, a gold mine in every person. Open your heart and appreciate the people that the Lord has given you and see the miracle of Jesus work in your life. -Mico Fernandez. YLSS#22

Prayer:
Dear Lord, Allow us to have an open heart and an open mind free of judgments. Allow us to realize that the people that you bring into our lives are your blessings to us. Amen.
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Little Whispers, Mico Fernandez

Safe and Sound

Reading 1
1 Sm 9:1-4, 17-19; 10:1

There was a stalwart man from Benjamin named Kish,
who was the son of Abiel, son of Zeror,
son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite.
He had a son named Saul, who was a handsome young man.
There was no other child of Israel more handsome than Saul;
he stood head and shoulders above the people.

Now the asses of Saul’s father, Kish, had wandered off.
Kish said to his son Saul, “Take one of the servants with you
and go out and hunt for the asses.”
Accordingly they went through the hill country of Ephraim,
and through the land of Shalishah.
Not finding them there,
they continued through the land of Shaalim without success.
They also went through the land of Benjamin,
but they failed to find the animals.

When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the LORD assured him,
“This is the man of whom I told you; he is to govern my people.”

Saul met Samuel in the gateway and said,
“Please tell me where the seer lives.”
Samuel answered Saul: “I am the seer.
Go up ahead of me to the high place and eat with me today.
In the morning, before dismissing you,
I will tell you whatever you wish.”

Then, from a flask he had with him, Samuel poured oil on Saul’s head;
he also kissed him, saying:
“The LORD anoints you commander over his heritage.
You are to govern the LORD’s people Israel,
and to save them from the grasp of their enemies roundabout.

“This will be the sign for you
that the LORD has anointed you commander over his heritage.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 21:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
R. Lord, in your strength the king is glad.

O LORD, in your strength the king is glad;
in your victory how greatly he rejoices!
You have granted him his heart’s desire;
you refused not the wish of his lips.
R. Lord, in your strength the king is glad.
For you welcomed him with goodly blessings,
you placed on his head a crown of pure gold.
He asked life of you: you gave him
length of days forever and ever.
R. Lord, in your strength the king is glad.
Great is his glory in your victory;
majesty and splendor you conferred upon him.
For you made him a blessing forever;
you gladdened him with the joy of your face.
R. Lord, in your strength the king is glad.

Gospel
Mk 2:13-17

Jesus went out along the sea.
All the crowd came to him and he taught them.
As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus,
sitting at the customs post.
Jesus said to him, “Follow me.”
And he got up and followed Jesus.
While he was at table in his house,
many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples;
for there were many who followed him.
Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that Jesus was eating with sinners
and tax collectors and said to his disciples,
“Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
Jesus heard this and said to them,
“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”
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REFLECTION
“Jesus said to him, ‘Follow me.’ Ad he got up and followed Jesus.” -Mark 2:14

I remember the first time I drove to Baguio. I was only 17 years old back then, and only had half a year driving experience. The only instruction that my Dad gave me was to just follow the car that he was driving as he will be the one to guide me. It was very easy to follow him at first epecially when we were in the highway, where the traffic was really light and the roads were wide. It was only when we entered the city roads that I found the task quite difficult. That was when I realized that it wasn’t that easy to follow my Dad’s lead. Other cars would go and overtake me and I would lose sight of my Dad’s car. If I remember correctly, there was even one time wherein I lost sight of him and had to call him in his phone just so that I can get back on track. It was really hard back then for me as a very inexperienced driver to follow my Dad, but at the end of the day, we still arrived at our destination, safe and sound.

In the Gospel today, Jesus asks us to go and follow Him. We still might not know where he might lead us to but He’s asking us to put our faith in Him and believe that everthing will fall into place. There might be zig-zags, pot holes and detours which may hinder us from following Him, but the Lord assures us that these are all in His perfect plan for us, to mold us into the person He wants us to be and bring us safe and sound to the place where we will experience his infinite love and glory. -Mico Fernandez, YLSS22

Prayer:
Dear Lord, grant us the grace to accept your call and put our entire trust and faith in you. Guide us and bless us to fully enjoy and appreciate the blessings that you have bestowed upon us. Amen.