Little Whispers, Love Miranda

God’s Salesman

First Reading
Acts 16: 11 – 15

We set sail from Troas, making a straight run for Samothrace,
and on the next day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi,
a leading city in that district of Macedonia and a Roman colony.
We spent some time in that city.
On the sabbath we went outside the city gate along the river
where we thought there would be a place of prayer.
We sat and spoke with the women who had gathered there.
One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth,
from the city of Thyatira, a worshiper of God, listened,
and the Lord opened her heart to pay attention
to what Paul was saying.
After she and her household had been baptized,
she offered us an invitation,
“If you consider me a believer in the Lord,
come and stay at my home,” and she prevailed on us.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 149: 1 – 6, 9

R.The Lord takes delight in his people.
Sing to the LORD a new song
of praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel be glad in their maker,
let the children of Zion rejoice in their king.
R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
Let them praise his name in the festive dance,
let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.
For the LORD loves his people,
and he adorns the lowly with victory.
R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
Let the faithful exult in glory;
let them sing for joy upon their couches.
Let the high praises of God be in their throats.
This is the glory of all his faithful. Alleluia.
R. The Lord takes delight in his people.

Gospel
John 15: 26 – 16:4

Jesus said to his disciples:
“When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father,
he will testify to me.
And you also testify,
because you have been with me from the beginning.

“I have told you this so that you may not fall away.
They will expel you from the synagogues;
in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you
will think he is offering worship to God.
They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me.
I have told you this so that when their hour comes
you may remember that I told you.”

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REFLECTION

“You are also to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.” -Jn 15:27

Rafael works as a financial advisor in a multi-national company. He always ensures that he meets his targets every month. But this was never enough for his line manager. He was asked to book more accounts whatever the cost may be. Because of this, there were some situations where he was tempted not to disclose all clients’ information to expedite the process of his accounts.

But Rafael remained faithful. He did not compromise his principles. He believes in prioritizing his clients over his interest. His main goal is to help his clients manage their finances than gaining profit from them. He testifies what a Christian should do amidst pressure from others.

Months passed and Rafael closed millions of deals through his hard work and persistence. His boss commended him and realized the value of putting service at work. He was even recognized by the company as one of the most outstanding salesmen of 2012.

Everyday, we make decisions that can make or break our future.  It may not always be easy to do what is right, but it will always be worth it. The Lord sees our sufferings and He will never leave us. He will fight the battle with us until the end.  –Love Miranda (lovelynpmiranda@gmail.com)

PRAYER
May in everything that I say and do give glory to Your name, Father. Amen.

REFLECTION QUESTION
How do you respond to the pressure around you? Do you choose to do the right thing?

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Little Whispers, Love Miranda

More Than Enough

First Reading
Acts 7:51—8:1A

Stephen said to the people, the elders, and the scribes:
“You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears,
you always oppose the Holy Spirit;
you are just like your ancestors.
Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute?
They put to death those who foretold the coming of the righteous one,
whose betrayers and murderers you have now become.
You received the law as transmitted by angels,
but you did not observe it.”

When they heard this, they were infuriated,
and they ground their teeth at him.
But Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit,
looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God
and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,
and Stephen said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened
and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
But they cried out in a loud voice,
covered their ears, and rushed upon him together.
They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him.
The witnesses laid down their cloaks
at the feet of a young man named Saul.
As they were stoning Stephen, he called out,
“Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
Then he fell to his knees and cried out in a loud voice,
“Lord, do not hold this sin against them”;
and when he said this, he fell asleep.

Now Saul was consenting to his execution.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 31:3CD-4, 6 AND 7B AND 8A, 17 AND 21AB

R. (6a) Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Be my rock of refuge,
a stronghold to give me safety.
You are my rock and my fortress;
for your name’s sake you will lead and guide me.
R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Into your hands I commend my spirit;
you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God.
My trust is in the LORD;
I will rejoice and be glad of your mercy.
R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your kindness.
You hide them in the shelter of your presence
from the plottings of men.
R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Gospel
Jn 6:30-35

The crowd said to Jesus:
“What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you?
What can you do?
Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written:

He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”

So Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven;
my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven
and gives life to the world.”

So they said to Jesus,
“Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”

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The important part

REFLECTION

“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” -Jn 6:35

Joanna came from a broken family. Her parents separated when she was just 6. Growing up, she got all the material things from her mother to compensate her dad’s absence. But deep inside, she still felt empty. She searched for her happiness from her rowdy friends and abusive romantic relationships. She longed for attention and love from other people.

But God knows how to work miracles in our lives. Joanna met a new friend who invited her to attend a prayer meeting. Though hesitant, she said yes. She had cold feet. She never had a close encounter with the Lord. But when the event started, she felt as if the Lord was serenading her through the worship songs. She felt for the first time a father’s words of wisdom through the message of the preacher’s talk. She felt whole again. Years have been passed, and Joanna is still happy serving the Lord in her ministry.

Just like Joanna, we hunger for love, affirmation and acceptance. But the Lord knows where to meet us. He will make us feel that we are complete in Him. His love and mercy assure us that He is more than enough. He is our Father, our Friend and our Redeemer. –Love Miranda (lovelynpmiranda@gmail.com)

PRAYER
Father, help me realize that You alone are the Way, the Truth and the Life. Amen.

REFLECTION QUESTION
When do you feel God’s love the most?

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Little Whispers, Love Miranda

What Matters Most

First Reading
Heb 12:18-19, 21-24

Brothers and sisters:
You have not approached that which could be touched
and a blazing fire and gloomy darkness
and storm and a trumpet blast
and a voice speaking words such that those who heard
begged that no message be further addressed to them.
Indeed, so fearful was the spectacle that Moses said,
“I am terrified and trembling.”
No, you have approached Mount Zion
and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,
and countless angels in festal gathering,
and the assembly of the firstborn enrolled in heaven,
and God the judge of all,
and the spirits of the just made perfect,
and Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant,
and the sprinkled Blood that speaks more eloquently
than that of Abel.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 48:2-3ab, 3cd-4, 9, 10-11

R. (see 10) O God, we ponder your mercy within your temple.
Great is the LORD and wholly to be praised
in the city of our God.
His holy mountain, fairest of heights,
is the joy of all the earth.
R. O God, we ponder your mercy within your temple.
Mount Zion, “the recesses of the North,”
the city of the great King.
God is with her castles;
renowned is he as a stronghold.
R. O God, we ponder your mercy within your temple.
As we had heard, so have we seen
in the city of the LORD of hosts,
In the city of our God;
God makes it firm forever.
R. O God, we ponder your mercy within your temple.
O God, we ponder your mercy
within your temple.
As your name, O God, so also your praise
reaches to the ends of the earth.
Of justice your right hand is full.
R. O God, we ponder your mercy within your temple.

Gospel
Mk 6:7-13

Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two
and gave them authority over unclean spirits.
He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick
–no food, no sack, no money in their belts.
They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic.
He said to them,
“Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave from there.
Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you,
leave there and shake the dust off your feet
in testimony against them.”
So they went off and preached repentance.
The Twelve drove out many demons,
and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

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REFLECTION

“He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts…”- Mk 6:8

Last year, I had a chance to visit my sister in Singapore. A week with my family was not enough for us to bond and experience the beauty of the place. We were blessed to see different sights, buy various goods and clothes and eat sumptuous food.

But these things don’t compare to the joy that we shared seizing each second of our time with my sister. Stories shared that brought tears and laughter made our vacation more meaningful.

Just like our vacation, our mission with the Lord tells us that we do not need too many things that the earthly world can offer. What matters is that we walk with Him. We should properly use the staff He gave us and love the people He gave us in our journey.

Let us leave the things that we don’t need and instead focus on what really matters: our mission for the Lord and for His people. –Love Miranda (lovelynpmiranda@gmail.com)

 

PRAYER
Father, teach me to live my life according to your will that I may not carry excess baggage in my journey. Amen.

REFLECTION QUESTION
Do you have any “excess baggages” in your life right now?

 

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Little Whispers, Love Miranda

The Panic Room

First Reading
1 Jn 5:5-13

Beloved:
Who indeed is the victor over the world
but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
This is the one who came through water and Blood, Jesus Christ,
not by water alone, but by water and Blood.
The Spirit is the one who testifies,
and the Spirit is truth.
So there are three who testify,
the Spirit, the water, and the Blood,
and the three are of one accord.
If we accept human testimony,
the testimony of God is surely greater.
Now the testimony of God is this,
that he has testified on behalf of his Son.
Whoever believes in the Son of God
has this testimony within himself.
Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar
by not believing the testimony God has given about his Son.
And this is the testimony:
God gave us eternal life,
and this life is in his Son.
Whoever possesses the Son has life;
whoever does not possess the Son of God does not have life.
I write these things to you so that you may know
that you have eternal life,
you who believe in the name of the Son of God.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20

R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Glorify the LORD, O Jerusalem;
praise your God, O Zion.
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates;
he has blessed your children within you.
R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
or:
R. Alleluia.
He has granted peace in your borders;
with the best of wheat he fills you.
He sends forth his command to the earth;
swiftly runs his word!
R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
or:
R. Alleluia.
He has proclaimed his word to Jacob,
his statutes and his ordinances to Israel.
He has not done thus for any other nation;
his ordinances he has not made known to them. Alleluia.
R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Gospel
Lk 5:12-16

It happened that there was a man full of leprosy in one of the towns where Jesus was;
and when he saw Jesus,
he fell prostrate, pleaded with him, and said,
“Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.”
Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said,
“I do will it. Be made clean.”
And the leprosy left him immediately.
Then he ordered him not to tell anyone, but
“Go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing
what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.”
The report about him spread all the more,
and great crowds assembled to listen to him
and to be cured of their ailments,
but he would withdraw to deserted places to pray.

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REFLECTION

“Jesus stretched out His hand, touched him, and said, ‘I do choose. Be made clean’.” –Lk 5:13

My heart skips a beat whenever I go to confession. I feel like I’m in a courtroom where my sins are all exposed. I was never that comfortable sharing my wounds and weaknesses to others but each word I confess leads me to freedom and a sense of relief. As the priest says the absolution, I experience God’s mercy and love for me. I know that He has cleansed me.

Just like the leper in today’s Gospel, all of us have our own “leprosy” of sin and sickness that needs to be healed–some physical, some emotional, some in their relationships and some in their spiritual journey.

We are always assured that God will meet us exactly where we are. He desires to make us clean and He wills for us to be forgiven. We just need to open ourselves, confess our sickness, and let His hand touch us. He purifies, cleanses, and saves. Avail of His love today. – Love Miranda (lovelynpmiranda@gmail.com)

 

PRAYER
Lord, I humbly ask you to touch me. Cleanse and heal me from all my sickness. Amen.

REFLECTION QUESTION
What is the “leprosy” in your life right now? Ask the Lord to make you clean today.

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