Joshua Leonardo, Little Whispers

The Wise Fools

First Reading
1 Timothy 3:14-16
Beloved:
I am writing you,
although I hope to visit you soon.
But if I should be delayed,
you should know how to behave in the household of God,
which is the Church of the living God,
the pillar and foundation of truth.
Undeniably great is the mystery of devotion,

Who was manifested in the flesh,
vindicated in the spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed to the Gentiles,
believed in throughout the world,
taken up in glory.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 111:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
R.(2) How great are the works of the Lord!

I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart
in the company and assembly of the just.
Great are the works of the LORD,
exquisite in all their delights.
R. How great are the works of the Lord!
Majesty and glory are his work,
and his justice endures forever.
He has won renown for his wondrous deeds;
gracious and merciful is the LORD.
R. How great are the works of the Lord!
He has given food to those who fear him;
he will forever be mindful of his covenant.
He has made known to his people the power of his works,
giving them the inheritance of the nations.
R. How great are the works of the Lord!

Gospel
Luke 7:31-35
Jesus said to the crowds:
“To what shall I compare the people of this generation?
What are they like?
They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another,

‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance.
We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.’

For John the Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine,
and you said, ‘He is possessed by a demon.’
The Son of Man came eating and drinking and you said,
‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard,
a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’
But wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”


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“But wisdom is vindicated by all her children.” (Luke 7:35)

REFLECTION
Back when I was around 15 or 16 years old, I didn’t like being bossed around by my family, especially my parents because it felt like they were controlling my life. I would think that my life decisions should be based on what I wanted to do and not how others would feel when making those choices. There would be times where I told my parents I was going to do school work but in reality, I would just be playing in the computer shop! They kept telling me that I should focus on my studies but I chose not to because it was boring and I had video game addiction.

One day, it got so bad that I ended up playing before I did my projects and sometimes, I forgot to do them even if they were due the next day. This caused my grades to plummet and I almost failed if it weren’t for my dad who talked to me about his past. Some of his friends were like me where they prioritized having fun over studying. When they graduated, they couldn’t find jobs because they didn’t focus on their studies first.

From here, I realized that my parents loved me so much and wanted the best for me. They were being wise to prevent me from failing in life, just like how Jesus loves us so much and wants the best for all of us. We all have those times where we care only for ourselves but because of this, we hurt others that we don’t mean to hurt. By opening our hearts and our ears to Him, we could be wise and enlightened like His disciples, and one day, we could pass on our wisdom to the future generations to be like Christ.

Prayer
Lord, thank you for loving us unconditionally and for guiding us towards your plans for us. Help us to be wise and guide those who have lost their ways. Amen.

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