Little Whispers, Nels Grimaldo

Wholeheartedly

First Reading
DN 1:1-6, 8-20

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim, king of Judah,
King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came
and laid siege to Jerusalem.
The Lord handed over to him Jehoiakim, king of Judah,
and some of the vessels of the temple of God;
he carried them off to the land of Shinar,
and placed the vessels in the temple treasury of his god.

The king told Ashpenaz, his chief chamberlain,
to bring in some of the children of Israel of royal blood
and of the nobility, young men without any defect,
handsome, intelligent and wise,
quick to learn, and prudent in judgment,
such as could take their place in the king’s palace;
they were to be taught the language and literature of the Chaldeans;
after three years’ training they were to enter the king’s service.
The king allotted them a daily portion of food and wine
from the royal table.
Among these were men of Judah: Daniel, Hananiah,
Mishael, and Azariah.

But Daniel was resolved not to defile himself
with the king’s food or wine;
so he begged the chief chamberlain to spare him this defilement.
Though God had given Daniel the favor and sympathy
of the chief chamberlain, he nevertheless said to Daniel,
“I am afraid of my lord the king;
it is he who allotted your food and drink.
If he sees that you look wretched
by comparison with the other young men of your age,
you will endanger my life with the king.”
Then Daniel said to the steward whom the chief chamberlain
had put in charge of Daniel, Hananiah,
Mishael, and Azariah,
“Please test your servants for ten days.
Give us vegetables to eat and water to drink.
Then see how we look in comparison with the other young men
who eat from the royal table,
and treat your servants according to what you see.”
He acceded to this request, and tested them for ten days;
after ten days they looked healthier and better fed
than any of the young men who ate from the royal table.
So the steward continued to take away
the food and wine they were to receive, and gave them vegetables.
To these four young men God gave knowledge and proficiency
in all literature and science,
and to Daniel the understanding of all visions and dreams.
At the end of the time the king had specified for their preparation,
the chief chamberlain brought them before Nebuchadnezzar.
When the king had spoken with all of them,
none was found equal to Daniel, Hananiah,
Mishael, and Azariah;
and so they entered the king’s service.
In any question of wisdom or prudence which the king put to them,
he found them ten times better
than all the magicians and enchanters in his kingdom.

Responsorial Psalm
DANIEL 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56
R. (52b) Glory and praise for ever!

“Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever;
And blessed is your holy and glorious name,
praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages.”
R. Glory and praise for ever!
“Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory,
praiseworthy and glorious above all forever.”
R. Glory and praise for ever!
“Blessed are you on the throne of your Kingdom,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.”
R. Glory and praise for ever!
“Blessed are you who look into the depths
from your throne upon the cherubim,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.”
R. Glory and praise for ever!
“Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven,
praiseworthy and glorious forever.”
R. Glory and praise for ever!

Gospel
LK 21:1-4

When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people
putting their offerings into the treasury
and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins.
He said, “I tell you truly,
this poor widow put in more than all the rest;
for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”


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“He said, ‘I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.’” (Luke 21:3-4)

REFLECTION
What is our motive when we give? Do we give because we are expecting something in return? Yes, sometimes we have numerous intentions when giving or helping others but last week, I attended Youth Encounter. At first, my motive for last weekend is just to be with my youth family. Contrary to that, He reminded me to focus only with the candidates and their desires. Help them grow closer to Him and be a blessing to them. During YE, as a prayer warrior, I did what God wanted. I gave all He wanted and I did it without any motives since the encounter started. It’s been an amazing journey, a challenge I took on whole heartedly and the next day after that weekend, I received a message, one of the new Pentacord (youth leader) affirmed me for my silent but very meaningful service. I felt very blessed and indeed, nothing can explain what I felt after. All I can say is that it feels good when you pray for others because you want to, not because others are forcing you to.

Friends, it doesn’t matter how small or big we give to others, what matters most is that it directly comes from our hearts. God truly wants us to give Him glory for all that we do have. Just observe that unexplainable happiness that we feel after we have given something straight from our hearts.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, Your love knows no bounds and you give without measure. May I give freely and wholeheartedly in gratitude for all that You have given to me. Amen.

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Little Whispers, Nels Grimaldo

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First Reading
1 TM 1:15-17

Beloved:
This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance:
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
Of these I am the foremost.
But for that reason I was mercifully treated,
so that in me, as the foremost,
Christ Jesus might display all his patience as an example
for those who would come to believe in him for everlasting life.
To the king of ages, incorruptible, invisible, the only God,
honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 113:1B-2, 3-4, 5 AND 6-7
R. (2) Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever.

Praise, you servants of the LORD,
praise the name of the LORD.
Blessed be the name of the LORD
both now and forever.
R. Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever.
From the rising to the setting of the sun
is the name of the LORD to be praised.
High above all nations is the LORD;
above the heavens is his glory.
R. Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever.
Who is like the LORD, our God,
and looks upon the heavens and the earth below?
He raises up the lowly from the dust;
from the dunghill he lifts up the poor.
R. Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever.

Gospel
LK 6:43-49

Jesus said to his disciples:
“A good tree does not bear rotten fruit,
nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit.
For every tree is known by its own fruit.
For people do not pick figs from thornbushes,
nor do they gather grapes from brambles.
A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good,
but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil;
for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but not do what I command?
I will show you what someone is like who comes to me,
listens to my words, and acts on them.
That one is like a man building a house,
who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock;
when the flood came, the river burst against that house
but could not shake it because it had been well built.
But the one who listens and does not act
is like a person who built a house on the ground
without a foundation.
When the river burst against it,
it collapsed at once and was completely destroyed.”


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“…Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of these I am the foremost.” (1 Timothy 1:15)

REFLECTION
Mistakes are part of our lives, every one of us makes them. We do a lot of things that make Him disappointed. We have hurt others unintentionally and other things. Have you regretted those wrong things that you have done? What did you do to correct those mistakes?

For me, I do not know what to do in order for me to avoid wrongdoings and I do not know who to talk to in times like this. That is why I am very blessed that my mother’s friend came into our lives because she is the one who invited me to join in the Youth Life in the Spirit Seminar. It really opened a big door in my life. At first, I felt very nervous because I do not know the people around me but after the seminar, I have learned a lot and I gained new friends. Now, it is almost two years since I have been in Bukas Loob sa Diyos Youth Community and still counting. I attend prayer meeting every Saturday and continue to read and reflect in His words. Yes, it is hard to change immediately but in every day comes my way I always tell, “Lord, no matter what happens, give me the heart to obey You and to be like You.”

Friends, there is nothing wrong in making mistakes, what is wrong is we are letting it stay as a mistake without the effort to turn it into right. Making mistakes does not make you a failure, it is meant to guide you, not define you. Because at the end of the day, whatever happens, always remember God is with us and He will never do something that can put us in danger. He loves us and He wants us to be like Him.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, I know that I’m not perfect. I know sometimes I forget to pray and sometimes I lose my temper but thank You for loving me unconditionally and giving me another day to start over again. Amen.

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