Little Whispers, Paul Habitan

Healthy Living

First Reading
Acts 2:14A, 36-41
Then Peter stood up with the Eleven,
raised his voice, and proclaimed:
“Let the whole house of Israel know for certain
that God has made both Lord and Christ,
this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart,
and they asked Peter and the other apostles,
“What are we to do, my brothers?”
Peter said to them,
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you,
in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins;
and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
For the promise is made to you and to your children
and to all those far off,
whomever the Lord our God will call.”
He testified with many other arguments, and was exhorting them,
“Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”
Those who accepted his message were baptized,
and about three thousand persons were added that day.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 23:1-3A, 3B4, 5, 6
R. (1) The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Alleluia.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Alleluia.
He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side.
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Alleluia.
You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Second Reading
1 Peter 2:20B-25
Beloved:
If you are patient when you suffer for doing what is good,
this is a grace before God.
For to this you have been called,
because Christ also suffered for you,
leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps.
He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.

When he was insulted, he returned no insult;
when he suffered, he did not threaten;
instead, he handed himself over to the one who judges justly.
He himself bore our sins in his body upon the cross,
so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness.
By his wounds you have been healed.
For you had gone astray like sheep,
but you have now returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

Gospel
John 10:1-10
Jesus said:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate
but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber.
But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.
The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice,
as the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
When he has driven out all his own,
he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him,
because they recognize his voice.
But they will not follow a stranger;
they will run away from him,
because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.”
Although Jesus used this figure of speech,
the Pharisees did not realize what he was trying to tell them.

So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
I am the gate for the sheep.
All who came before me are thieves and robbers,
but the sheep did not listen to them.
I am the gate.
Whoever enters through me will be saved,
and will come in and go out and find pasture.
A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy;
I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”


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REFLECTION
Cooking for the family was never an option for me. Sure, I can cook rice, egg, or other food that only beginners cook for themselves, but I have never tried to cook vegetables or meat. When I get hungry and I’m alone at home, I try to cook whatever there is. Pancit canton, canned tuna, or bags of chips are my usual go-to food.

I have always been a fan of eating instant food. Minutes before a show starts, you prepare instant noodles. During commercial breaks, you look for chips so that when the show is back, you are munching on those junk foods. In the middle of the day, you look for instant food just so your cravings stop.

However, eating instant food is bad for our health when we do it more than often.

Sometimes in our life, we look for instants. Instant food becomes equivalent to instant happiness. They can make us happy, but they are not really fulfilling. Sins and worldly things are examples of these instants in life. They may be fun and convenient, but as time goes on, they leave you feeling empty while you look for something else.

Eating healthy food like fruits and vegetables nourishes us and would have a greater impact in the long run. Same as in our spiritual life, avoiding sins and following Jesus may be difficult, but doing so would lead us to a better path.

Friends, Jesus is calling you by your name, telling you to walk with Him through every storm or rainbow in your life. We are human and we may get tired of not seeing the end of the road so we end up choosing instants, but Jesus wants us to trust in Him even in the midst of uncertainty. In this trying time, most of us are worried and afraid with each day that passes, but Jesus assures us that in the same way He carried the cross having faith in His Father, He turns suffering into grace.

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Little Whispers, Paul Habitan

Happy Go Lucky

First Reading
ROM 3:21-30

Brothers and sisters:
Now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law,
though testified to by the law and the prophets,
the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ
for all who believe.
For there is no distinction;
all have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God.
They are justified freely by his grace
through the redemption in Christ Jesus,
whom God set forth as an expiation,
through faith, by his Blood, to prove his righteousness
because of the forgiveness of sins previously committed,
through the forbearance of God–
to prove his righteousness in the present time,
that he might be righteous
and justify the one who has faith in Jesus.

What occasion is there then for boasting? It is ruled out.
On what principle, that of works?
No, rather on the principle of faith.
For we consider that a person is justified by faith
apart from works of the law.
Does God belong to Jews alone?
Does he not belong to Gentiles, too?
Yes, also to Gentiles, for God is one
and will justify the circumcised on the basis of faith
and the uncircumcised through faith.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 130:1B-2, 3-4, 5-6AB
R. (7) With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.

Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD;
LORD, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to my voice in supplication.
R. With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.
If you, O LORD, mark iniquities,
Lord, who can stand?
But with you is forgiveness,
that you may be revered.
R. With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.
I trust in the LORD;
my soul trusts in his word.
My soul waits for the LORD
more than sentinels wait for the dawn.
R. With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.

Gospel
LK 11:47-54

The Lord said:
“Woe to you who build the memorials of the prophets
whom your fathers killed.
Consequently, you bear witness and give consent
to the deeds of your ancestors,
for they killed them and you do the building.
Therefore, the wisdom of God said,
‘I will send to them prophets and Apostles;
some of them they will kill and persecute’
in order that this generation might be charged
with the blood of all the prophets
shed since the foundation of the world,
from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah
who died between the altar and the temple building.
Yes, I tell you, this generation will be charged with their blood!
Woe to you, scholars of the law!
You have taken away the key of knowledge.
You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter.”
When Jesus left, the scribes and Pharisees
began to act with hostility toward him
and to interrogate him about many things,
for they were plotting to catch him at something he might say.


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“‘Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter.’” (Luke 11:52)

REFLECTION
Being a kid was so easy during my happy-go-lucky days. We used to do whatever we wanted just to be happy.

I used to be the most hard-headed kid. My mother would scold me almost every day because of it. I would always quarrel my brothers and sisters like a “war freak”; play with my neighbors until midnight without my parents knowing where I was; and get the worst possible grades by neglecting my homework. My mother would punish me every time I did something wrong. But I didn’t always understand it. Why was I being punished when I believe that I did nothing wrong? I didn’t realize that I was being blinded by my pride which made me very selfish. Fortunately, the time came when I understood why I truly had to be reprimanded. My mother never wanted to hurt me. She only wanted me to take my mistakes seriously and learn from them. My mother only wanted to mold me into a better person.

Just like today’s Gospel, the Pharisees were disobeying God and treating Him like the enemy. But God was just reminding us to understand Him when trials come to our life. Whenever we don’t understand our situation, we must only remember to surrender everything to God because He knows what’s best for us. And we must constantly trust that He will direct us to the finest path.

Prayer
Father God, thank You for the joys and sorrows that we are encountering right now. We believe that Your hands have blessed all our days. And we surrender our life to You in Jesus name. Amen.

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