Erickson Lee, Little Whispers

Unwithered Faith

First Reading
Colossians 1:1-8

Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
and Timothy our brother,
to the holy ones and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae:
grace to you and peace from God our Father.

We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
when we pray for you,
for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus
and the love that you have for all the holy ones
because of the hope reserved for you in heaven.
Of this you have already heard
through the word of truth, the Gospel, that has come to you.
Just as in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing,
so also among you,
from the day you heard it and came to know the grace of God in truth,
as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow slave,
who is a trustworthy minister of Christ on your behalf
and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 52:10, 11
R. (10) I trust in the mercy of God for ever.

I, like a green olive tree
in the house of God,
Trust in the mercy of God
forever and ever.
R. I trust in the mercy of God for ever.
I will thank you always for what you have done,
and proclaim the goodness of your name
before your faithful ones.
R. I trust in the mercy of God for ever.

Gospel
Luke 4:38-44
After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon.
Simon’s mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever,
and they interceded with him about her.
He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her.
She got up immediately and waited on them.

At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him.
He laid his hands on each of them and cured them.
And demons also came out from many, shouting, “You are the Son of God.”
But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak
because they knew that he was the Christ.

At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place.
The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him,
they tried to prevent him from leaving them.
But he said to them, “To the other towns also
I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God,
because for this purpose I have been sent.”
And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.


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“… for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love that you have for all the holy ones…” (Colossians 1:4)

REFLECTION
We all have had moments in our lives where we felt unlimited. May it be through playing games, walking pets, going to church, discovering hobbies, traveling to places, and more. For me, my unlimited moment is to travel and see some place new with my loved one.

Although, not everything in life is like this. Some people would say that life is like a ball. One day, you’re on top, and the next day, you’re at the bottom. For once in my life, I’ve felt so much pain that made me ill. That pain is betrayal. It can come in many forms: disloyalty, treachery, falseness, unfaithfulness, and more. Regardless of what form, it could definitely break you. In my case, I began to question everything prior to that certain event. I’d ask myself, ‘Is it worth it?’ or  ‘Am I not good enough?’ and similar thoughts lingered on and distracted me in everything I did. They go with you like a shadow when you wake up, spend your day, and sleep at night.

Until one day you just find yourself back into God’s love. For me, this happened when a friend from BLD tapped me to come worship the exact time I was healing. You’ll eventually give in, open your arms, forget all of your unanswered questions and recover in faith. Once you turn to Him, you’ll learn to forgive. God’s love is so warm that it can thaw the coldest of hearts. It can heal all wounds and put an end to all your suffering.

As Jesus’ disciples, He asks us to trust in Him for He is the way, the truth, and the life. Good and bad things may happen in life and that’s okay. You’ll just have to let it flow, let go and let God. Have faith, because He will always be with you, whenever, wherever.

Prayer
Lord, I ask that you grant me the strength to overcome all my challenges, and to always have eyes that see the wonder and good in everything. Amen.

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