Little Whispers, Luke Miranda

Forgive, Forget, Move On

First Reading
Wisdom 1:1-7

Love justice, you who judge the earth;
think of the Lord in goodness,
and seek him in integrity of heart;
Because he is found by those who test him not,
and he manifests himself to those who do not disbelieve him.
For perverse counsels separate a man from God,
and his power, put to the proof, rebukes the foolhardy;
Because into a soul that plots evil, wisdom enters not,
nor dwells she in a body under debt of sin.
For the holy Spirit of discipline flees deceit
and withdraws from senseless counsels;
and when injustice occurs it is rebuked.
For wisdom is a kindly spirit,
yet she acquits not the blasphemer of his guilty lips;
Because God is the witness of his inmost self
and the sure observer of his heart
and the listener to his tongue.
For the Spirit of the Lord fills the world,
is all-embracing, and knows what man says.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 139:1B-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-10
R. (24b) Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
O LORD, you have probed me and you know me;
you know when I sit and when I stand;
you understand my thoughts from afar.
My journeys and my rest you scrutinize,
with all my ways you are familiar.
R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O LORD, you know the whole of it.
Behind me and before, you hem me in
and rest your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
too lofty for me to attain.
R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
Where can I go from your spirit?
From your presence where can I flee?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I sink to the nether world, you are present there.
R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
if I settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
Even there your hand shall guide me,
and your right hand hold me fast.
R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.

Gospel
Luke 17:1-6
Jesus said to his disciples,
“Things that cause sin will inevitably occur,
but woe to the one through whom they occur.
It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck
and he be thrown into the sea
than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.
Be on your guard!
If your brother sins, rebuke him;
and if he repents, forgive him.
And if he wrongs you seven times in one day
and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’
you should forgive him.”

And the Apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
The Lord replied, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed,
you would say to this mulberry tree,
‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”


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“If he wrongs you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times saying ‘I am sorry’ you should forgive him.” (Luke 17:4)

REFLECTION
Do you ever have those fights with your family that just makes you question your relationship towards them, to the point where you think, “Why am I related to this person?”

I remember it vividly on my sister’s birthday last year. We were staying at a hotel at the time, and as I was getting ready to sleep while washing my face, I hit my chin on the lock of the faucet drain without noticing. When my mother went in the bathroom after me, she noticed what I did and scolded me for it. I tried to explain what happened, that it was an accident, but she only replied with “Hindi, ginawa mo yan ng sadya.” (“No, you did it on purpose.”) I felt hurt, so I walked out and I started crying by myself.

I have never been one to open up about my problems even to my family because I feel like it will just bother them, but that night, my mother approached me on the sofa and tried to talk to me. There, I opened up all my problems, worries, and doubts about everything. I probably shouldn’t have because the reply I got haunts me to this day. All she said was “Luke, you don’t have a reason to feel depressed. If anything, I should be depressed.” I was silent as she asked me to come back into the room. I refused and said “Maybe later.” I didn’t sleep that night because of what she said. I felt so lost, like no one would ever listen to me because even my own mom said things that hurt and scarred me.

That night, I thought about doing things that would hurt me more. However, they ended up being just that, thoughts. I am glad that I am still alive today, because things got better with my mom, and I learned to forgive her because I knew that she just didn’t know how much I was hurting.

Brothers and sisters, God wants us to know that forgiveness may be a hard thing to do but we should always forgive those who have wronged us and not hold a grudge against them. Sometimes in a blind rage, they do not know what they are saying and how much it can hurt us. He wants to tell us no matter how great the hurt, we should not retaliate with the same hatred but instead love, accept and forgive. -Luke Miranda

Prayer
Almighty Father, teach me how to forgive all those who have hurt me no matter how hard it may be. Please give me the gift of acceptance so that I may overlook the wrong they have done and focus on the good memories we have with each other. Amen.

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Carl Lora, Little Whispers

MISSING! Contact If Found

First Reading
Romans 14:7-12
Brothers and sisters:
None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself.
For if we live, we live for the Lord,
and if we die, we die for the Lord;
so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
For this is why Christ died and came to life,
that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
Why then do you judge your brother or sister?
Or you, why do you look down on your brother or sister?
For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God;
for it is written:

As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bend before me,
and every tongue shall give praise to God.

So then each of us shall give an account of himself to God.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 27:1BCDE, 4, 13-14
R. ( 13) I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life’s refuge;
of whom should I be afraid?
R. I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
One thing I ask of the LORD;
this I seek:
To dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
That I may gaze on the loveliness of the LORD
and contemplate his temple.
R. I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD with courage;
be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.
R. I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.

Gospel
Luke 15:1-10

The tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus,
but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying,
“This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
So Jesus addressed this parable to them.
“What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them
would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert
and go after the lost one until he finds it?
And when he does find it,
he sets it on his shoulders with great joy
and, upon his arrival home,
he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them,
‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’
I tell you, in just the same way
there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents
than over ninety-nine righteous people
who have no need of repentance.

“Or what woman having ten coins and losing one
would not light a lamp and sweep the house,
searching carefully until she finds it?
And when she does find it,
she calls together her friends and neighbors
and says to them,
‘Rejoice with me because I have found the coin that I lost.’
In just the same way, I tell you,
there will be rejoicing among the angels of God
over one sinner who repents.”


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“…‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.” (Luke 15: 6-7)

REFLECTION
When someone goes missing, it’s our immediate response to exhaust all efforts to reach the missing person. We always do it in the quickest and most feasible way in order to get in touch with that person as soon as possible.

I could recall the scene in the movie ‘Home Alone 2’ wherein Kevin McCallister’s parents, upon realizing that Kevin wasn’t with them when they landed in Miami, did everything to track down Kevin’s current location. They immediately contacted everyone who could help them out in finding Kevin. They disregarded their supposed to be vacation in Miami just to know where Kevin is and just to ensure his safety.

On another note, I believe that this is very similar to what Jesus does whenever we lose sight of Him.

The Gospel today testifies to the Lord’s unconditional mercy and love for us. It only goes to show that when we, out of our weakness as humans, choose the opposite direction, the Lord would do everything just to win us back. He would exhaust all efforts to redirect us into His path. He would work mysteriously, so that we may be able to gain sight of Him. This is how much the Lord loves us. In fact, He is willing to leave the ninety-nine just to find the missing one.

What the Lord reminds us today is that regardless of our sinfulness and unworthiness, He will always remain faithful to us. He will still choose to open His arms very wide, until we go back into His embrace. However, the decision will lie on us. Inasmuch as the Lord will always choose us, let us also choose to straighten our ways, that we may be able to find our way back home. Because that home is nowhere else but in God’s loving presence.

Reflection Song

Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace) by Hillsong Worship

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Bettina Morales, Little Whispers

Indifferent

First Reading
Romans 13:8-10
Brothers and sisters:
Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another;
for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
The commandments, You shall not commit adultery;
you shall not kill;
you shall not steal;
you shall not covet,

and whatever other commandment there may be,
are summed up in this saying, namely,
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Love does no evil to the neighbor;
hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 112:1B-2, 4-5, 9
R.( 5a) Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Blessed the man who fears the LORD,
who greatly delights in his commands.
His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth;
the upright generation shall be blessed.
R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.
or:
R. Alleluia.
He dawns through the darkness, a light for the upright;
he is gracious and merciful and just.
Well for the man who is gracious and lends,
who conducts his affairs with justice.
R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Lavishly he gives to the poor;
his generosity shall endure forever;
his horn shall be exalted in glory.
R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Gospel
Luke 14:25-33
Great crowds were traveling with Jesus,
and he turned and addressed them,
“If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother,
wife and children, brothers and sisters,
and even his own life,
he cannot be my disciple.
Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me
cannot be my disciple.
Which of you wishing to construct a tower
does not first sit down and calculate the cost
to see if there is enough for its completion?
Otherwise, after laying the foundation
and finding himself unable to finish the work
the onlookers should laugh at him and say,
‘This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.’
Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down
and decide whether with ten thousand troops
he can successfully oppose another king
advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops?
But if not, while he is still far away,
he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms.
In the same way,
everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions
cannot be my disciple.”


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“…whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this saying, namely, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no evil to the neighbor; hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.” (Romans 13: 9-10)

REFLECTION
I remember attending mass in our parish church on a Sunday evening a few years back. A tall ragged man went around the whole church asking for people’s hands to greet them respectfully and share his own sign of peace.

As one would see, the man belonged in the disadvantaged sector, being homeless and struggling mentally, wandering alone without a family and without a home.

Parishioners call him Bente since he always asks for twenty peso bills, and doesn’t accept greater amounts. In my many years of attending mass every Sunday in the same church, I’ve seen how the community grew fond of him, most especially the staff of the parish. From as little as smiling at him whenever he enters the church, giving their hands in greeting, to caring for him and helping him through gifts of food and clothes.

In today’s gospel, we are reminded of God’s greatest commandment: to love with no extent and to love in spite of differences. I believe that the reason why Bente always finds himself coming back to the church on Sundays is because inside and through the people, he finds a home and a family.

Truly, God calls us, the members of his church, to love without bounds because through that love, we make it known to the world God’s compassion by the kindness He instilled in all of humanity.

Reflection Song

Safe by Victory Worship

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Little Whispers, Nikki Miranda

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First Reading
Romans 12:5-16AB
Brothers and sisters:
We, though many, are one Body in Christ
and individually parts of one another.
Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us,
let us exercise them:
if prophecy, in proportion to the faith;
if ministry, in ministering;
if one is a teacher, in teaching;
if one exhorts, in exhortation;
if one contributes, in generosity;
if one is over others, with diligence;
if one does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Let love be sincere;
hate what is evil,
hold on to what is good;
love one another with mutual affection;
anticipate one another in showing honor.
Do not grow slack in zeal,
be fervent in spirit,
serve the Lord.
Rejoice in hope,
endure in affliction,
persevere in prayer.
Contribute to the needs of the holy ones,
exercise hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you,
bless and do not curse them.
Rejoice with those who rejoice,
weep with those who weep.
Have the same regard for one another;
do not be haughty but associate with the lowly.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 131:1BCDE, 2, 3
R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.
O LORD, my heart is not proud,
nor are my eyes haughty;
I busy not myself with great things,
nor with things too sublime for me.
R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.
Nay rather, I have stilled and quieted
my soul like a weaned child.
Like a weaned child on its mother’s lap,
so is my soul within me.
R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.
O Israel, hope in the LORD,
both now and forever.
R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.

Gospel
Luke 14:15-24

One of those at table with Jesus said to him,
“Blessed is the one who will dine in the Kingdom of God.”
He replied to him,
“A man gave a great dinner to which he invited many.
When the time for the dinner came,
he dispatched his servant to say to those invited,
‘Come, everything is now ready.’
But one by one, they all began to excuse themselves.
The first said to him,
‘I have purchased a field and must go to examine it;
I ask you, consider me excused.’
And another said, ‘I have purchased five yoke of oxen
and am on my way to evaluate them;
I ask you, consider me excused.’
And another said, ‘I have just married a woman,
and therefore I cannot come.’
The servant went and reported this to his master.
Then the master of the house in a rage commanded his servant,
‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town
and bring in here the poor and the crippled,
the blind and the lame.’
The servant reported, ‘Sir, your orders have been carried out
and still there is room.’
The master then ordered the servant,
‘Go out to the highways and hedgerows
and make people come in that my home may be filled.
For, I tell you, none of those men who were invited will taste my dinner.'”


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“Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer.” (Romans 11:29)

REFLECTION
An indecisive person like me could never decide in an instant. My family and my closest friends know that I take about an hour to get ready because I have to make 3-4 outfit changes before leaving the house, even though I end up choosing the first outfit I tried on. I take so long ordering a meal because I couldn’t decide what food to eat, but still I order the same thing everytime I eat out.

Even though I have a hard time choosing and planning things ahead of time, when it comes to other things, one thing is for sure: My Saturdays and Sundays are reserved for service for the Lord. I will always choose service among everything else.

In the first reading, the Lord is telling us that we should not be conquered by evil. We are liberated people of God, but we are confronted with many disobedient decisions in the course of daily life. The Lord is simply telling us that He has already planned everything for us beforehand, so why wouldn’t we choose to obey Him? Despite our indecisiveness, the Lord is always waiting for us to finally choose Him and His plans for us.

St. Paul only asks that we serve the Lord, and persevere in prayer, for He has been calling, and continues to call us during the times when we are busy deciding between Him and earthly things.

Prayer
Father, make us realize that there should be no other option when it comes to You. Help us see what is in store for us when we start choosing You. Amen.

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Little Whispers, Nina Miranda

No Greater Love

First Reading
Romans 8:31B-39
Brothers and sisters:
If God is for us, who can be against us?
He did not spare his own Son
but handed him over for us all,
how will he not also give us everything else along with him?
Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones?
It is God who acquits us.
Who will condemn?
It is Christ Jesus who died, rather, was raised,
who also is at the right hand of God,
who indeed intercedes for us.
What will separate us from the love of Christ?
Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?
As it is written:

For your sake we are being slain all the day;
we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.

No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly
through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities,
nor present things, nor future things,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other creature will be able to separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 109: 21-22, 26-27, 30-31
R. (26b) Save me, O Lord, in your mercy.
Do you, O GOD, my Lord, deal kindly with me for your name’s sake;
in your generous mercy rescue me;
For I am wretched and poor,
and my heart is pierced within me.
R. Save me, O Lord, in your mercy.
Help me, O LORD, my God;
save me, in your mercy,
And let them know that this is your hand;
that you, O LORD, have done this.
R. Save me, O Lord, in your mercy.
I will speak my thanks earnestly to the LORD,
and in the midst of the throng I will praise him,
For he stood at the right hand of the poor man,
to save him from those who would condemn his soul.
R. Save me, O Lord, in your kindness.

Gospel
Luke 13:31-35
Some Pharisees came to Jesus and said,
“Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you.”
He replied, “Go and tell that fox,
‘Behold, I cast out demons and I perform healings today and tomorrow,
and on the third day I accomplish my purpose.
Yet I must continue on my way today, tomorrow, and the following day,
for it is impossible that a prophet should die
outside of Jerusalem.’

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you,
how many times I yearned to gather your children together
as a hen gathers her brood under her wings,
but you were unwilling!
Behold, your house will be abandoned.
But I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say,
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”


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No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. (Romans 8:37)

REFLECTION
We all have our share of problems and tragedies in life, no matter how big or small.

When I was younger, I used to question the things that made living difficult. Why did my school’s morning ceremony start as early as 6:45 in the morning? Why was I getting low grades when I spent more time studying compared to my classmates? Why wasn’t I understood by the people around me? All of these experiences, I considered as hardships.

Now on my second year in college and having been brought closer to the Lord more than ever through the youth ministry, I have understood that sacrifice and suffering cannot be avoided.

Problems are part of life, and God only wants us to learn from these. He has made me realize that He would not give me anything I could not solve. I am reassured that He will be with me through every trial as He encourages me to completely submit and surrender my all to Him.

Today’s Word reminds us that our Jesus Christ has already won the victory for us for He is bigger than all our struggles and worries. He is with us amidst adversity and difficulty, and by His grace we can overcome them. In the end, nothing could ever separate us from His great love.

Reflection Song

Higher + Wider + Deeper by Citipointe Worship

Author

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Carl Ortega, Little Whispers

The Catholic Responsibility

First Reading
Romans 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
Psalm 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
Luke 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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“When he 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.” (Luke 11:53-54)

REFLECTION
There are times when we go to church because we are fulfilling our obligation, but for some, it has become a routine. I am guilty of this. I sometimes forget the real meaning of going to church. The problems in my daily life even distract me from listening to and paying attention to the priest.

Sometimes, I even judge others attending the church. “Why is s/he attending church?” is often a question I ask myself when I see people I think are sinners when they go to church.

But, Jesus is warning us today of the dangers of being complacent in our faith. Before judging other people, we must ask ourselves first—am I here to experience God’s love or am I here to judge other people’s faith in Him?

We must build bridges, not barriers, in order for us to know God more in our lives! Attending church is not a one-time Sunday thing, it is a lifestyle of allowing the Holy Spirit to move in our lives! A true Catholic is someone with a faith that extends beyond the walls of the church—a true Catholic lifts up the brokenness of his heart and the people around him to God, knowing full well that He alone can heal all the pain in the world.

Reflection Song

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Little Whispers, Ryan Matignas

We Can’t but He Can.

First Reading
2 Kings 5:14-17
Naaman went down and plunged into the Jordan seven times
at the word of Elisha, the man of God.
His flesh became again like the flesh of a little child,
and he was clean of his leprosy.

Naaman returned with his whole retinue to the man of God.
On his arrival he stood before Elisha and said,
“Now I know that there is no God in all the earth,
except in Israel.
Please accept a gift from your servant.”

Elisha replied, “As the LORD lives whom I serve, I will not take it;”
and despite Naaman’s urging, he still refused.
Naaman said: “If you will not accept,
please let me, your servant, have two mule-loads of earth,
for I will no longer offer holocaust or sacrifice
to any other god except to the LORD.”

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4
R. (cf. 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.

Second Reading
2 Timothy 2:8-13
Beloved:
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David:
such is my gospel, for which I am suffering,
even to the point of chains, like a criminal.
But the word of God is not chained.
Therefore, I bear with everything for the sake of those who are chosen,
so that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus,
together with eternal glory.
This saying is trustworthy:
If we have died with him
we shall also live with him;
if we persevere
we shall also reign with him.
But if we deny him
he will deny us.
If we are unfaithful
he remains faithful,
for he cannot deny himself.
Alleluia1 THES 5:18
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
In all circumstances, give thanks,
for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel
Luke 17:11-19
As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem,
he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.
As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him.
They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, saying,
“Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!”
And when he saw them, he said,
“Go show yourselves to the priests.”
As they were going they were cleansed.
And one of them, realizing he had been healed,
returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.
He was a Samaritan.
Jesus said in reply,
“Ten were cleansed, were they not?
Where are the other nine?
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?”
Then he said to him, “Stand up and go;
your faith has saved you.”


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“… But the word of God is not chained.” (2 Timothy 2:9)

REFLECTION
It was the second night of my dad’s funeral. It was late in the evening and we were the only ones in the small chapel. I sat in the front row looking at the coffin from a distance—all those flowers and all those lights. I’ve been crying a short while when my mom approached me. I remember asking her, “
Mommy, pano na tayo? Kakayanin ba natin ito?” I saw my mom’s face turn grey. She was crying too. “Kakayanin natin.” she replied.Naaawa naman ako sayo eh. Tatlo pa kami paaaralin mo? Pano yun?” I felt desperate. I felt chained. My dad left us nothing. We were poor and we struggled to pay for utilities.

She was rock-solid and will not be moved. “Ryan. Huwag mong probemahin ang hindi mo problema. Problema ko magpa-aral sayo. Ang problema mo ay mag aral ng mabuti. Basta magdasal ka araw-araw. Hindi natin kaya pero kaya ng Diyos.” We can’t, but He can.I’ve never seen anyone work as hard as my mom. She had so many jobs, ALL AT THE SAME TIME. She was a school nurse, an assistant teacher, she cooked for friends on special occasions, she was a real estate agent, heck, she even tried driving a school bus – A SCHOOL BUS DRIVER. All to make ends meet.

We’ve gone so far from that period of our lives where everything was just difficult. We now enjoy a little comfort. Every time I get the chance to speak to my mom about difficulties of life and how she’s just managed to win all the time her answer is always the same—“Nagdadasal lang ako. I kneel down in front of God and I pray all my heart’s desires. I know I can’t but He can.”

Prayer
Lord, I am desperate, I am chained to all things that drag me down. I cannot do it alone and I need you in my life. Hear my prayer Lord.

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