Little Whispers, Trisha Herrera

What Would He Say? What Would He Do?

FIRST READING
1 Kgs 11:29-32; 12:19

Jeroboam left Jerusalem,
and the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite met him on the road.
The two were alone in the area,
and the prophet was wearing a new cloak.
Ahijah took off his new cloak,
tore it into twelve pieces, and said to Jeroboam:

“Take ten pieces for yourself;
the LORD, the God of Israel, says:
‘I will tear away the kingdom from Solomon’s grasp
and will give you ten of the tribes.
One tribe shall remain to him for the sake of David my servant,
and of Jerusalem,
the city I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel.'”

Israel went into rebellion against David’s house to this day.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 81:10-11ab, 12-13, 14-15
R. (11a and 9a) I am the Lord, your God: hear my voice.

“There shall be no strange god among you
nor shall you worship any alien god.
I, the LORD, am your God
who led you forth from the land of Egypt.”
R. I am the Lord, your God: hear my voice.
“My people heard not my voice,
and Israel obeyed me not;
So I gave them up to the hardness of their hearts;
they walked according to their own counsels.”
R. I am the Lord, your God: hear my voice.
“If only my people would hear me,
and Israel walk in my ways,
Quickly would I humble their enemies;
against their foes I would turn my hand.”
R. I am the Lord, your God: hear my voice.

Gospel
Mk 7:31-37

Jesus left the district of Tyre
and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee,
into the district of the Decapolis.
And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment
and begged him to lay his hand on him.
He took him off by himself away from the crowd.
He put his finger into the man’s ears
and, spitting, touched his tongue;
then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him,
“Ephphatha!” (that is, “Be opened!”)
And immediately the man’s ears were opened,
his speech impediment was removed,
and he spoke plainly.
He ordered them not to tell anyone.
But the more he ordered them not to,
the more they proclaimed it.
They were exceedingly astonished and they said,
“He has done all things well.
He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
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REFLECTION
Jesus ordered them to tell no one, but the more he ordered them the more zealously they proclaimed it. -Mark 7:31-37

In the gospel today, Jesus ordered the people to not speak of the miracle. Do we wonder why Jesus tried to make His miracles a secret? It is indeed a miracle that Jesus made a man hear and speak. Jesus enabled us to listen instead of just hearing. He allowed us to speak to bring others closer to Him and affirm them for their good deeds. He allowed us to speak words of kindness to uplift spirits.

There are times wherein we fail to do what we say and misinterpret what we hear.

Recently, my relatives from the States and Canada came to the Philippines to celebrate their grandma’s 90th birthday. Their grandma is my grandfather’s sister. This makes us family.

After a long time of enjoying, going out to the beach, going to the mall, and just spending time with each other – they had to leave. Rumors started to come out after they left and I heard it from my cousin who is based here in the Philippines. She told me that every time that my family wasn’t with them, they would talk about our family. Now the question is, what about our family? To make the long story short, they would assume that we were taking advantage of them. Filipinos would usually say “palibre naman diyan!” or something to that extent when friends or family get their first pay. Same goes with the balikbayans. We would joke around and say ”pasalubong!” Consdering that my relatives are Filipino, we thought that they would ‘get’ the joke. Sad to say it was misinterpreted. Some of them said that we were taking advantage of them – for lack of a better term. Of course I felt bad that all of this happened after they left and no one had the courage to say it to us directly so that we can be more careful of our words. I was angry and confused why this small problem grew.

Every day, we experience this fear of confronting others. We were given the chance to speak to help others and make each other better people. I did not want to say anything against them but because of my anger, there were some things I said about them. I did not want this to go on and so I prayed hard that He will let this pass and that forgiveness flow in my heart. My mom just wrote them a letter and apologized for any inconvenience. After a few days, they replied and apologized too that it had to happen when they left. I still pray that when they come back, nothing will keep us apart. In the end, we are still family. -Trisha Herrera. YLSS#26

PRAYER:
Lord, help us to be aware of what we say to others and give us the grace to confront our fears. Give us the blessings of clear loving words to share with all people.
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Little Whispers, Trisha Herrera

A Child’s Heart

FIRST READING
Sir 47:2-11

Like the choice fat of the sacred offerings,
so was David in Israel.
He made sport of lions as though they were kids,
and of bears, like lambs of the flock.
As a youth he slew the giant
and wiped out the people’s disgrace,
When his hand let fly the slingstone
that crushed the pride of Goliath.
Since he called upon the Most High God,
who gave strength to his right arm
To defeat the skilled warrior
and raise up the might of his people,
Therefore the women sang his praises,
and ascribed to him tens of thousands
and praised him when they blessed the Lord.
When he assumed the royal crown, he battled
and subdued the enemy on every side.
He destroyed the hostile Philistines
and shattered their power till our own day.
With his every deed he offered thanks
to God Most High, in words of praise.
With his whole being he loved his Maker
and daily had his praises sung;
He set singers before the altar and by their voices
he made sweet melodies,
He added beauty to the feasts
and solemnized the seasons of each year
So that when the Holy Name was praised,
before daybreak the sanctuary would resound.
The LORD forgave him his sins
and exalted his strength forever;
He conferred on him the rights of royalty
and established his throne in Israel.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 18:31, 47 And 50, 51
R. (see 47b) Blessed be God my salvation!

God’s way is unerring,
the promise of the LORD is fire-tried;
he is a shield to all who take refuge in him.
R. Blessed be God my salvation!
The LORD live! And blessed be my Rock!
Extolled be God my savior.
Therefore will I proclaim you, O LORD, among the nations,
and I will sing praise to your name.
R. Blessed be God my salvation!
You who gave great victories to your king
and showed kindness to your anointed,
to David and his posterity forever.
R. Blessed be God my salvation!

Gospel
Mk 6:14-29

King Herod heard about Jesus, for his fame had become widespread,
and people were saying,
“John the Baptist has been raised from the dead;
that is why mighty powers are at work in him.”
Others were saying, “He is Elijah”;
still others, “He is a prophet like any of the prophets.”
But when Herod learned of it, he said,
“It is John whom I beheaded. He has been raised up.”

Herod was the one who had John arrested and bound in prison
on account of Herodias,
the wife of his brother Philip, whom he had married.
John had said to Herod,
“It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”
Herodias harbored a grudge against him
and wanted to kill him but was unable to do so.
Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man,
and kept him in custody.
When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed,
yet he liked to listen to him.
Herodias had an opportunity one day when Herod, on his birthday,
gave a banquet for his courtiers, his military officers,
and the leading men of Galilee.
His own daughter came in and performed a dance
that delighted Herod and his guests.
The king said to the girl,
“Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you.”
He even swore many things to her,
“I will grant you whatever you ask of me,
even to half of my kingdom.”
She went out and said to her mother,
“What shall I ask for?”
Her mother replied, “The head of John the Baptist.”
The girl hurried back to the king’s presence and made her request,
“I want you to give me at once on a platter
the head of John the Baptist.”
The king was deeply distressed,
but because of his oaths and the guests
he did not wish to break his word to her.
So he promptly dispatched an executioner
with orders to bring back his head.
He went off and beheaded him in the prison.
He brought in the head on a platter
and gave it to the girl.
The girl in turn gave it to her mother.
When his disciples heard about it,
they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.
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REFLECTION
“With his every deed [David] offered thanks to God Most High, in words of praise. With his whole heart he loved his Maker. The LORD forgave him his sins and exalted his strength forever.” -Sirach 47:8.11

There are times where in we ask ourselves: What am I really supposed to be doing by now? We have an idea in mind of what our plan is in the future although we lose sight of who gave the abilities to us to achieve these plans.

When I was in high school, I knew in my mind that I wanted to take up culinary when I enter college. I had an idea of the restaurant I’ll be putting up when I graduate and all the places I’ll be going to when I earn enough money from the businesses I have established. But all these ideas were placed in a box because of my other passion.

I loved kids as much as I loved the smell of food creations that my dad and I cooked.

I decided to change course. I applied in 2 schools, one of which had the course I wanted: BS-ECED- Early Childhood Education. Now the question is, what made me change my mind? It was my cousin. My cousin was diagnosed with ADHD which everyone discovered only when he was a little older than 4. Nobody would really know if a child has ADHD because all children are active and like to play around. I saw it as a reminder for me to be more patient with him. I also wanted to understand where this came from. That’s how I got interested in learning about children.

This was a call for me to research and know more about children – listening to them and enjoying the scene when they interact with other people.

God loves seeing us happy and helping other people out. He calls us to listen to others and love them as well. Even if they’re times that we tend to get impatient and find things too loud and distracting; He calls us to pause for a moment and listen to Him. We all are given a chance to repent and grow in His love by using our gifts and appreciating the uniqueness of everyone around us. -Trisha Herrera. YLSS#26

Prayer:
Dear Lord, help us find our mission in life. You have called us to love and serve You by helping those around us. Help us make generous use of the gifts and talents we have received from You without losing sight of where You want us to go. AMEN.

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