Arielle Novales

Friend Until The End

First Reading
ROM 6:19-23

Brothers and sisters:
I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your nature.
For just as you presented the parts of your bodies as slaves to impurity
and to lawlessness for lawlessness,
so now present them as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.
For when you were slaves of sin, you were free from righteousness.
But what profit did you get then
from the things of which you are now ashamed?
For the end of those things is death.
But now that you have been freed from sin and have become slaves of God,
the benefit that you have leads to sanctification,
and its end is eternal life.
For the wages of sin is death,
but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 1:1-2, 3, 4 AND 6
R. (Ps 40:5) Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Not so the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

Gospel
LK 12:49-53

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have come to set the earth on fire,
and how I wish it were already blazing!
There is a baptism with which I must be baptized,
and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!
Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?
No, I tell you, but rather division.
From now on a household of five will be divided,
three against two and two against three;
a father will be divided against his son
and a son against his father,
a mother against her daughter
and a daughter against her mother,
a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”


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“For the LORD watches over the way of the just, but the way of the wicked vanishes.” – Psalm 1:6

REFLECTION
Back when I was in second grade, I was the shy type in the class. Being the new girl, I didn’t have friends at first. After two days, a girl walked up to me and asked what my name was. A new friendship has been born.

Frankie and I became the best of friends. She was always there whenever I needed someone to talk to, a playmate during breaks, a friend to rely on. When third grade started, we had new friends and barkadas.

The next year, we became classmates again. There was a time when she missed class for weeks. I missed her and when she came back,  I didn’t realize she was sick. Frankie was diagnosed with cancer.  Our adviser and we, her friends, were the only ones who knew. Frankie, being the brave girl didn’t show she was being weak. In fact, she acted stronger than ever and trusted God with His plans.

Frankie had to stop school because she was getting worse and worse. We all believed that God would heal her. She had that positivity in her too. Eventually, she became better and started to go back to school. We never spoke again like before until she was diagnosed in the hospital again this summer. I continued to pray for her and I believed that she would be healed.

Last Friday at 2:30 p.m.,  Frankie passed away. I  never felt so guilty and depressed, she was one of the bravest girl I’ve ever met, but I knew that God had greater plans for her in His Kingdom.

“The Lord watches over the way of the just, but the way of the wicked vanishes”.

God indeed watches over the people who trusts in Him, and faithfully follows Him. Frankie continued to be brave and positive and never blamed God for her sickness. She believed that God has better plans for her, and yes, she was right

Prayer
Father, help us to be brave and faithful and teach us to be strong.

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