Little Whispers, Rica Flores

Just As Planned

First Reading
Gn 41:55-57; 42:5-7A, 17-24A

When hunger came to be felt throughout the land of Egypt
and the people cried to Pharaoh for bread,
Pharaoh directed all the Egyptians to go to Joseph
and do whatever he told them.
When the famine had spread throughout the land,
Joseph opened all the cities that had grain
and rationed it to the Egyptians,
since the famine had gripped the land of Egypt.
In fact, all the world came to Joseph to obtain rations of grain,
for famine had gripped the whole world.

The sons of Israel were among those
who came to procure rations.

It was Joseph, as governor of the country,
who dispensed the rations to all the people.
When Joseph’s brothers came and knelt down before him
with their faces to the ground,
he recognized them as soon as he saw them.
But Joseph concealed his own identity from them
and spoke sternly to them.

With that, he locked them up in the guardhouse for three days.

On the third day Joseph said to his brothers:
“Do this, and you shall live; for I am a God-fearing man.
If you have been honest,
only one of your brothers need be confined in this prison,
while the rest of you may go
and take home provisions for your starving families.
But you must come back to me with your youngest brother.
Your words will thus be verified, and you will not die.”
To this they agreed.
To one another, however, they said:
“Alas, we are being punished because of our brother.
We saw the anguish of his heart when he pleaded with us,
yet we paid no heed;
that is why this anguish has now come upon us.”
Reuben broke in,
“Did I not tell you not to do wrong to the boy?
But you would not listen!
Now comes the reckoning for his blood.”
The brothers did not know, of course,
that Joseph understood what they said,
since he spoke with them through an interpreter.
But turning away from them, he wept.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 33:2-3, 10-11, 18-19
R. (22) Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.

Give thanks to the LORD on the harp;
with the ten-stringed lyre chant his praises.
Sing to him a new song;
pluck the strings skillfully, with shouts of gladness.
R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
The LORD brings to nought the plans of nations;
he foils the designs of peoples.
But the plan of the LORD stands forever;
the design of his heart, through all generations.
R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
But see, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,
upon those who hope for his kindness,
To deliver them from death
and preserve them in spite of famine.
R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.

Gospel
Mt 10:1-7

Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples
and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out
and to cure every disease and every illness.
The names of the Twelve Apostles are these:
first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew;
James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John;
Philip and Bartholomew,
Thomas and Matthew the tax collector;
James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus;
Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot
who betrayed Jesus.

Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus,
“Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town.
Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”
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REFLECTION

“The Lord brings to naught the plans of nations; he foils the designs of peoples. But the plan of the Lord stands forever; the design of his heart, through all generations.” – Psalm 33: 10-11

In one of our community’s major worship event, the venue was reserved 2 months before. That was one item off of our checklist. We then had the remaining weeks to prepare for the program, to coordinate things needed for the logistics and to promote the event. A week before the event, almost everything was going according to plan.  To our surprise, the circumstances changed and that meant a lot of trouble with our reserved venue. We had to look for another place which could accommodate us, given our program’s schedule, but there was less than a week to go. There’s a reason we chose that venue and changing it five days before also entailed a lot of effort. But truly, you can never outdo your God! Though there had been apprehensions and doubts, God revealed His greatness. The new venue was more appropriate for the activities. Surprisingly, people filled up and even exceeded the place. It wasn’t us who was working anymore, but God. That event was a reminder that even though everything could already be laid out in our plans, may it be in our activities or even in our own lives, the Lord will have His way of revealing that His greater plans for you. Stop trying to control things, and just let Him take driver’s seat of your life. – Rica Gran Flores (rica.flores@yahoo.com)

PRAYER

Lord God, I trust in You and Your words that you have something great in store for me. I believe that Your plans are better than mine. May you reveal each plan you have for me in Your own perfect time. Amen.

REFLECTION QUESTION

What was your first reaction when things didn’t go as planned in your life? Did you ever try to seek if that was God’s plan for you as well?

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Lucky Me

First Reading
Sir 17:1-15

God from the earth created man,
and in his own image he made him.
He makes man return to earth again,
and endows him with a strength of his own.
Limited days of life he gives him,
with power over all things else on earth.
He puts the fear of him in all flesh,
and gives him rule over beasts and birds.
He created for them counsel, and a tongue and eyes and ears,
and an inventive heart,
and filled them with the discipline of understanding.
He created in them knowledge of the spirit;
With wisdom he fills their heart;
good and evil he shows them.
He put the fear of himself upon their hearts,
and showed them his mighty works,
That they might glory in the wonder of his deeds
and praise his holy name.
He has set before them knowledge,
a law of life as their inheritance;
An everlasting covenant he has made with them,
his justice and his judgments he has revealed to them.
His majestic glory their eyes beheld,
his glorious voice their ears heard.
He says to them, “Avoid all evil”;
each of them he gives precepts about his fellow men.
Their ways are ever known to him,
they cannot be hidden from his eyes.
Over every nation he places a ruler,
but God’s own portion is Israel.
All their actions are clear as the sun to him,
his eyes are ever upon their ways.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 103:13-14, 15-16, 17-18
R. (see 17) The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.

As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him,
For he knows how we are formed;
he remembers that we are dust.
R. The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.
Man’s days are like those of grass;
like a flower of the field he blooms;
The wind sweeps over him and he is gone,
and his place knows him no more.
R. The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.
But the kindness of the LORD is from eternity
to eternity toward those who fear him,
And his justice toward children’s children
among those who keep his covenant.
R. The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.

Gospel
Mk 10:13-16

People were bringing children to Jesus that he might touch them,
but the disciples rebuked them.
When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them,
“Let the children come to me; do not prevent them,
for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Amen, I say to you,
whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child
will not enter it.”
Then he embraced the children and blessed them,
placing his hands on them.

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REFLECTION

“Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.”

I’m not trying to promote anything here but have you seen the TV commercial where the kids were asked, “Anong gagagawin mo para makakain ng Lucky Me Pancit Canton?” We get answers like,

“I’ll be a suman(summa) cum laude.”
“Magpra-pray ako kay Lord.”
“Hindi na ako magiging pasaway.”
“Sasabihin ko kay Mommy, you’re the best.”
“Maliligo na ako araw-araw.”

Cute, right? And judging from what they said, they know what to do to get what they want. In the Gospel, for us to be able to enter the kingdom of God, we should be like children. The big question is how could we be like a child? If you’ve been thinking of the same question, I think you’ve grown too much because you over think and rationalize things. I am guilty of that.

If we can just go back to the commercial and listen at their answers, you’ll see that these are all positive attitudes and they’re willing to do the things which expected from them. Even if the Lord wants us to enter His kingdom, there are still things which are expected from us like doing good, loving others and total dependence on Him.  – Rica Flores (rica.flores@yahoo.com)

PRAYER
Lord, may I be reminded of the things you want me to be as your child. I am yours. Amen.

REFLECTION
As God’s child, have you been doing what is expected from you?

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Little Whispers, Rica Flores

A Father’s Heart

First Reading
2 Sm 7:4-5A, 12-14A, 16

The LORD spoke to Nathan and said:
“Go, tell my servant David,
‘When your time comes and you rest with your ancestors,
I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins,
and I will make his kingdom firm.
It is he who shall build a house for my name.
And I will make his royal throne firm forever.
I will be a father to him,
and he shall be a son to me.
Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me;
your throne shall stand firm forever.’”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 AND 29

R. The son of David will live for ever.
The promises of the LORD I will sing forever;
through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness,
For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”;
in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.
R. The son of David will live for ever.
“I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to David my servant:
Forever will I confirm your posterity
and establish your throne for all generations.”
R. The son of David will live for ever.
“He shall say of me, ‘You are my father,
my God, the Rock, my savior.’
Forever I will maintain my kindness toward him,
and my covenant with him stands firm.”
R. The son of David will live for ever.

Second Reading
Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22

Brothers and sisters:
It was not through the law
that the promise was made to Abraham and his descendants
that he would inherit the world,
but through the righteousness that comes from faith.
For this reason, it depends on faith,
so that it may be a gift,
and the promise may be guaranteed to all his descendants,
not to those who only adhere to the law
but to those who follow the faith of Abraham,
who is the father of all of us, as it is written,
I have made you father of many nations.
He is our father in the sight of God,
in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead
and calls into being what does not exist.
He believed, hoping against hope,
that he would become the father of many nations,
according to what was said, Thus shall your descendants be.
That is why it was credited to him as righteousness.

Gospel
Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24A

Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.

Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
When Joseph awoke,
he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home.

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REFLECTION

“I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me.” – 2 Samuel 17: 14a

There was a bright man who came from the province and pursued his life in the city. Not only did he succeed in his career when he came to the city, he also met the woman who made his heart skip a beat. He fell in love with a beautiful woman. However, she already had three kids from a previous relationship. But because of love, he accepted her. Because of love, he loved her kids as if they are his own. Love also brought them a child of their own. Despite this, he cared and nurtured for all them.  With no hesitations or questions, he became a father to 4 children, and later on became a grandfather to 9 grandchildren and a great grandfather to 4 great grandchildren. He was happy with his life. And one of his greatest achievements was having a beautiful and big family. And until his last breath, the persons with whom he wished to spend it were his wife and family.

That man was my grandfather. He may not be a perfect father to his children, but he tried his best to do his duty as a father to them and even to us, his grandchildren. And more importantly, it was for his unconditional love that we were able to feel loved and important. He was an angel sent from above, truly a gift to this family. – Rica Gran V. Flores (rica.flores@yahoo.com)

PRAYER
Lord God, thank you for the gift of our fathers. Give them your heart that they may learn love the way you love your children. Amen.

REFLECTION
Have I been a father to my children?  When was the last time I have shown my appreciation and love towards my father?

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Thy Worth

First Reading
Heb 2:5-12

It was not to angels that God subjected the world to come,
of which we are speaking.
Instead, someone has testified somewhere:

What is man that you are mindful of him,
or the son of man that you care for him?
You made him for a little while lower than the angels;
you crowned him with glory and honor,
subjecting all things under his feet.

In “subjecting” all things to him,
he left nothing not “subject to him.”
Yet at present we do not see “all things subject to him,”
but we do see Jesus “crowned with glory and honor”
because he suffered death,
he who “for a little while” was made “lower than the angels,”
that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

For it was fitting that he,
for whom and through whom all things exist,
in bringing many children to glory,
should make the leader to their salvation perfect through suffering.
He who consecrates
and those who are being consecrated all have one origin.
Therefore, he is not ashamed to call them “brothers” saying:

I will proclaim your name to my brethren,
in the midst of the assembly I will praise you.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 8:2, 5-9

R. You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.
O LORD, our Lord,
how glorious is your name over all the earth!
What is man that you should be mindful of him,
or the son of man that you should care for him?
R. You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.
You have made him little less than the angels,
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him rule over the works of your hands,
putting all things under his feet.
R. You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.
All sheep and oxen,
yes, and the beasts of the field,
The birds of the air, the fishes of the sea,
and whatever swims the paths of the seas.
R. You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.

Gospel
Mk 1:21-28

Jesus came to Capernaum with his followers,
and on the sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught.
The people were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.
In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit;
he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are–the Holy One of God!”
Jesus rebuked him and said, “Quiet! Come out of him!”
The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.
All were amazed and asked one another,
“What is this?
A new teaching with authority.
He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.”
His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.

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REFLECTION

“What are mere mortals that you should think about them, or a son of manthat you should care for him?” – Hebrews 2:6

 

“Jesus, I am sorry for all my sins.”

That was my prayer every time I got a bad grade when I was in grade school. I grew up thinking my Lord rewards me every time I do good and punishes me every time I sin. I was scared of my Lord. Repeated failures in my life were a result of me being a bad person. It came to a point that I realized my prayers were always asking for forgiveness.

It was in April 2004 when I joined the Lord through the Youth Life in the Spirit Seminar that I met a different Lord.  From the punishing Lord whom I was scared of, I can say that I am in love with the man who came down from heaven, made himself man and shared with me the meaning of love. And you know what?  His love wasn’t only meant for me to experience but for you and for everyone as well. You may feel unworthy, but in God’ eyes you’re worth every blood when he died on that cross. – Rica Flores (rica.flores@yahoo.com)

 

 

PRAYER
Lord, thank you for showing us how much you love us by sending us your Son, Jesus. May we learn to love the way you love us. Amen.

REFLECTION
How do you see Jesus right now? Who is he in your life right now?

 

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Little Whispers, Rica Flores

Home

FIRST READING
1 Mc 4:36-37, 52-59

Judas and his brothers said,
“Now that our enemies have been crushed,
let us go up to purify the sanctuary and rededicate it.”
So the whole army assembled, and went up to Mount Zion.

Early in the morning on the twenty-fifth day of the ninth month,
that is, the month of Chislev,
in the year one hundred and forty-eight,
they arose and offered sacrifice according to the law
on the new altar of burnt offerings that they had made.
On the anniversary of the day on which the Gentiles had defiled it,
on that very day it was reconsecrated
with songs, harps, flutes, and cymbals.
All the people prostrated themselves and adored and praised Heaven,
who had given them success.

For eight days they celebrated the dedication of the altar
and joyfully offered burnt offerings and sacrifices
of deliverance and praise.
They ornamented the facade of the temple with gold crowns and shields;
they repaired the gates and the priests’ chambers
and furnished them with doors.
There was great joy among the people
now that the disgrace of the Gentiles was removed.
Then Judas and his brothers and the entire congregation of Israel
decreed that the days of the dedication of the altar
should be observed with joy and gladness
on the anniversary every year for eight days,
from the twenty-fifth day of the month Chislev.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
1 Chronicles 29:10bcd, 11abc, 11d-12a, 12bcd

R. We praise your glorious name, O mighty God.
“Blessed may you be, O LORD,
God of Israel our father,
from eternity to eternity.”
R. We praise your glorious name, O mighty God.
“Yours, O LORD, are grandeur and power,
majesty, splendor, and glory.
For all in heaven and on earth is yours.”
R. We praise your glorious name, O mighty God.
“Yours, O LORD, is the sovereignty;
you are exalted as head over all.
Riches and honor are from you.”
R. We praise your glorious name, O mighty God.
“You have dominion over all,
In your hand are power and might;
it is yours to give grandeur and strength to all.”
R. We praise your glorious name, O mighty God.

GOSPEL
Lk 19:45-48

Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out
those who were selling things, saying to them,
“It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer,
but you have made it a den of thieves.”
And every day he was teaching in the temple area.
The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people, meanwhile,
were seeking to put him to death,
but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose
because all the people were hanging on his words.
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Reflection:
“It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.” -Lk 19:46

Along one of New York’s busiest street lies a Church surrounded by scaffoldings. Above the scaffoldings is a billboard that states St. Patrick’s Cathedral Restoration Project. Because of that sign, I thought that it was an abandoned church turned into a tourist destination. When I went in, I was amazed at how it looked! It was very clean and beautiful. It was peaceful and somehow felt close to heaven. I thought to myself that the city government sure knows how to attract more tourists to this place. But I thought wrong. There was actually an on-going mass with a good number of attendees. I finished the mass before continuing my tour inside the church.

Even though taking pictures are allowed in the premises, tourists are forbidden to take pictures in the adoration area. The security was really strict in ensuring that the rules were being followed so as to keep the sanctity of the Church.

Even though physical evidence of purifying and rededication to God’s temple was seen through the restoration of the St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the real call for us is to preserve God’s spirit in our lives. The Lord does not look on the outside. The Lord looks beyond any house of worship built for Him. He looks in the pureness of heart of the worshipper. –Rica Flores, YLSS#23

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, I offer myself to you. Purify and cleanse me that my heart may be worthy to be called Your home. Amen.

Little Whispers, Rica Flores

Get the Jesus Glow

Reading 1 Wis 13:1-9
All men were by nature foolish who were in ignorance of God,
and who from the good things seen did not succeed in knowing him who is,
and from studying the works did not discern the artisan;
But either fire, or wind, or the swift air,
or the circuit of the stars, or the mighty water,
or the luminaries of heaven, the governors of the world, they considered gods.
Now if out of joy in their beauty they thought them gods,
let them know how far more excellent is the Lord than these;
for the original source of beauty fashioned them.
Or if they were struck by their might and energy,
let them from these things realize how much more powerful is he who made them.
For from the greatness and the beauty of created things
their original author, by analogy, is seen.
But yet, for these the blame is less;
For they indeed have gone astray perhaps,
though they seek God and wish to find him.
For they search busily among his works,
but are distracted by what they see, because the things seen are fair.
But again, not even these are pardonable.
For if they so far succeeded in knowledge
that they could speculate about the world,
how did they not more quickly find its Lord?
Responsorial Psalm Ps 19:2-3, 4-5ab
R. (2a) The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day pours out the word to day,
and night to night imparts knowledge.
R. The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
Not a word nor a discourse
whose voice is not heard;
Through all the earth their voice resounds,
and to the ends of the world, their message.
R. The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
Gospel Lk 17:26-37
Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be in the days of the Son of Man;
they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage up to the day
that Noah entered the ark,
and the flood came and destroyed them all.
Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot:
they were eating, drinking, buying,
selling, planting, building;
on the day when Lot left Sodom,
fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all.
So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
On that day, someone who is on the housetop
and whose belongings are in the house
must not go down to get them,
and likewise one in the field
must not return to what was left behind.
Remember the wife of Lot.
Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it,
but whoever loses it will save it.
I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed;
one will be taken, the other left.
And there will be two women grinding meal together;
one will be taken, the other left.”
They said to him in reply, “Where, Lord?”
He said to them, “Where the body is,
there also the vultures will gather.”
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REFLECTION
“For from the greatness and the beauty of created things their original author, by analogy, is seen.” -Wis 13:5

Pretty face, great smile, and amazing personality.These are just some of the qualities that make me say, “I think I have a crush on her.” No, I’m not attracted to girls. It just means that I admire her for how she looks or how she carries herself. But most of the time, it’s because of the person’s individuality.

Believe it or not, I have my list of “girl crushes”.They’re not models who can turn heads when they pass by. They don’t look the same. Not at all. Some of them are tall. Some are short. Some are very outgoing. While others are shy. Everyone’s unique. But they all have one thing in common which makes them pretty for me. They all love Jesus and are proud handmaids of God.

If you get to know them, you would agree that they emanate an aura of goodness in them. They may seem perfect but they’re still human who make mistakes. Yet because they strive to be always good and fill themselves with God’s love, it is easy for them to share that same love of Christ to others.
You will see the greatness of the Lord through these humble people. Some, who are successful in their lives, don’t take the credit to themselves. But these achievements are their way of showing how good the Lord is in their lives. These people are worth admiring because they live their lives not for their own but for the one who gave it to them.

We, as His creations, are expected to be good because the Lord is good and everything He created is good and beautiful. Yes, doing, being and staying good requires effort. But when we become the persons He wants us to be, people will see beyond that beauty. They’ll find Jesus, the one who has changed us to the best that we can be. -Rica Flores. YLSS#23

Prayer:
My creator, I entrust to you my life. Fill me with your love that I may radiate your goodness to others. Amen.

Little Whispers, Rica Flores

Own It!

FIRST READING
Rom 15:14-21

I myself am convinced about you, my brothers and sisters,
that you yourselves are full of goodness,
filled with all knowledge, and able to admonish one another.
But I have written to you rather boldly in some respects to remind you,
because of the grace given me by God
to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles
in performing the priestly service of the Gospel of God,
so that the offering up of the Gentiles may be acceptable,
sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to boast in what pertains to God.
For I will not dare to speak of anything
except what Christ has accomplished through me
to lead the Gentiles to obedience by word and deed,
by the power of signs and wonders,
by the power of the Spirit of God,
so that from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum
I have finished preaching the Gospel of Christ.
Thus I aspire to proclaim the Gospel
not where Christ has already been named,
so that I do not build on another’s foundation,
but as it is written:

Those who have never been told of him shall see,
and those who have never heard of him shall understand.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4
R. (see 2b) The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.

Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.

Gospel
Lk 16:1-8

Jesus said to his disciples, “A rich man had a steward
who was reported to him for squandering his property.
He summoned him and said,
“What is this I hear about you?
Prepare a full account of your stewardship,
because you can no longer be my steward.”
The steward said to himself, “What shall I do,
now that my master is taking the position of steward away from me?
I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg.
I know what I shall do so that,
when I am removed from the stewardship,
they may welcome me into their homes.”
He called in his master’s debtors one by one.
To the first he said, “How much do you owe my master?”
He replied, “One hundred measures of olive oil.”
He said to him, “Here is your promissory note.
Sit down and quickly write one for fifty.”
Then to another he said, “And you, how much do you owe?”
He replied, “One hundred measures of wheat.”
He said to him, “Here is your promissory note;
write one for eighty.”
And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently.
For the children of this world
are more prudent in dealing with their own generation
than the children of light.”
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REFLECTION
“Prepare a full account of your stewardship.” -Luke 16:2

Five years ago, I was assigned to head the liturgical ministry of the youth community. It was a position I willingly accepted. During my first year as head, I was enthusiastic and dedicated to the ministry. I was always present during prayer meetings. I encouraged other members to be active by letting them read the Word during worship. But aside from that, I learned a lot about the ministry through the guidance of my co-heads and adults. I learned and I served. I definitely found fulfillment in my job.

But during my third year in service, I had to concentrate on my studies since my workload was way out of hand. I ended up attending once a month, then once every two months. Then eventually, I stopped attending. And whenever I attended, the reason was because of my friends.

“What happened to the liturgical ministry?”, you might ask. My co-heads took care of it well. However, I won’t deny that I neglected my ministry. I disregarded my responsibility. I left them hanging.

Yes, I felt bad with what I did. I don’t have the power to turn back time and undo what was done. But it is never too late to rebuild my relationship with the ministry. I started attending again, and being active in the ministry. This time, I made sure to support all the activities of the youth. It is my way of returning to the ministry the lost time I had with them.

In the Gospel, we are called to be like the steward. He knew his mistakes and so he decided to change those that can be fixed, which in turn, pleased the master. Same goes for us. We may have done unpleasant things but we must have the courage to act upon them and correct the things that can be corrected. -Rica Flores. YLSS#23

Prayer:
Lord disturb me when I think too much of myself and disregard others. Help me take courage to mend my ways and stay in your light. Amen.