Little Whispers, Mara Roma

Wake-up Call

First Reading
Jeremiah 20:10-13
Jeremiah said:
“I hear the whisperings of many:
‘Terror on every side!
Denounce! let us denounce him!’
All those who were my friends
are on the watch for any misstep of mine.
‘Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail,
and take our vengeance on him.’
But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion:
my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.
In their failure they will be put to utter shame,
to lasting, unforgettable confusion.
O LORD of hosts, you who test the just,
who probe mind and heart,
let me witness the vengeance you take on them,
for to you I have entrusted my cause.
Sing to the LORD,
praise the LORD,
for he has rescued the life of the poor
from the power of the wicked!”

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35
R. (14c) Lord, in your great love, answer me.
For your sake I bear insult,
and shame covers my face.
I have become an outcast to my brothers,
a stranger to my mother’s children,
Because zeal for your house consumes me,
and the insults of those who blaspheme you fall upon me.
R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
I pray to you, O LORD,
for the time of your favor, O God!
In your great kindness answer me
with your constant help.
Answer me, O LORD, for bounteous is your kindness;
in your great mercy turn toward me.
R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
“See, you lowly ones, and be glad;
you who seek God, may your hearts revive!
For the LORD hears the poor,
and his own who are in bonds he spurns not.
Let the heavens and the earth praise him,
the seas and whatever moves in them!’‘
R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.

Second Reading
Romans 5:12-15
Brothers and sisters:
Through one man sin entered the world,
and through sin, death,
and thus death came to all men, inasmuch as all sinned—
for up to the time of the law, sin was in the world,
though sin is not accounted when there is no law.
But death reigned from Adam to Moses,
even over those who did not sin
after the pattern of the trespass of Adam,
who is the type of the one who was to come.

But the gift is not like the transgression.
For if by the transgression of the one the many died,
how much more did the grace of God
and the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christ
overflow for the many.

Gospel
Matthew 10:26-33
Jesus said to the Twelve:
“Fear no one.
Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed,
nor secret that will not be known.
What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light;
what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.
And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul;
rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy
both soul and body in Gehenna.
Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?
Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.
Even all the hairs of your head are counted.
So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Everyone who acknowledges me before others
I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.
But whoever denies me before others,
I will deny before my heavenly Father.”


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“What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.” (Matthew 10:27)

REFLECTION
2020 is really a tough year for all of us. It’s a year that changed, and is still changing the lives of many. A year full of surprises that we did not even expect to happen, and none of us were ready for.

First was the Taal Volcano eruption that happened last January 2020. Some parts of Batangas were really affected, and most of the residents reached the point where they needed to leave their houses for their safety, not knowing if they would still have homes waiting for them when they come back.

Next is the pandemic we are facing right now. The COVID-19 crisis that has been affecting so many lives not only all over the country, but the whole world. It is currently still changing our ways of living.

What I noticed in this time of crisis is that instead of helping each other, some people are being judgemental and selfish, not thinking of what others may be feeling. All of us are struggling and no one ever wanted this to happen, but maybe this is the wake-up call for all of us. Instead of hating and discriminating against others, the Lord wants us to learn how to love, grow and care for each other, just as how He gives us His unconditional love and care.

We sometimes do wrong things and make mistakes but let us not forget that God always chooses to forgive and still bless us with so many things. Today, He only reminds us to remember to be grateful for all these blessings.

Reflection Song

At the Cross by Hillsong Worship

Author

wc-mara

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Little Whispers, Mara Roma

Delivered from Doubt

First Reading
Colossians 1:9-14

Brothers and sisters:
From the day we heard about you, we do not cease praying for you
and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will
through all spiritual wisdom and understanding
to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord,
so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruit
and growing in the knowledge of God,
strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might,
for all endurance and patience,
with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share
in the inheritance of the holy ones in light.
He delivered us from the power of darkness
and transferred us to the Kingdom of his beloved Son,
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 98:2-3AB, 3CD-4, 5-6
R. (2) The Lord has made known his salvation.

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 made known his salvation.
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 made known his salvation.
Sing praise to the LORD with the harp,
with the harp and melodious song.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
sing joyfully before the King, the LORD.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.

Gospel
Luke 5:1-11

While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God,
he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret.
He saw two boats there alongside the lake;
the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets.
Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon,
he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore.
Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.
After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon,
“Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.”
Simon said in reply,
“Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing,
but at your command I will lower the nets.”
When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish
and their nets were tearing.
They signaled to their partners in the other boat
to come to help them.
They came and filled both boats
so that the boats were in danger of sinking.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said,
“Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”
For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him
and all those with him,
and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee,
who were partners of Simon.
Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid;
from now on you will be catching men.”
When they brought their boats to the shore,
they left everything and followed him.


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“He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the Kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:14)

REFLECTION
On my last year in college, I felt uncertain about the course I was taking up and contemplated if was really for me. Did I want to continue what I started or did I want to give up?

I expected that my 4th year in college was going to be easy because I only had a few subjects. I always thought that they were only needed for my thesis and internship, but I was wrong. During the 1st semester, I usually went and hung out with my friends, not even bothering to check my requirements. I always crammed, which led to failing my exams. I was alarmed when my college dean and professors told me that if I did not finish my thesis and my other requirements, I would not be able to graduate on time. They talked to my parents and told them what was happening. My parents were very disappointed in me, asking what was wrong. I myself, too, did not know the answer. I was so afraid and I wanted to give up at that point. But I realized that I was already on my last year and there was no turning back. At the time, not knowing what to do, I did nothing but cry.

After, even if my parents got mad at me, they were the ones who motivated me and told me that giving up was not the answer. From them, it became clear to me that God, indeed, moves in mysterious ways—by giving me the gift of family, and using my parents as instruments in making me feel that He will always be there for me. They showed me their unconditional love and support even in my darkest times. With them, I was not only able to finish all my requirements, but I also graduated on time, passed the board exam, and now I continue to pursue my dreams one step at a time.

Even when I doubted myself, God didn’t. When I was so down, he lifted me up. When I wanted to give up, He did not give up on me. God is truly amazing! Don’t be afraid to face what is coming; trust in His plans and wait for His perfect timing.

Reflection Song

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wc-mara

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