Little Whispers, Michael Ocampo

Loving Your Neighbor

First Reading
ROM 9:1-5

Brothers and sisters:
I speak the truth in Christ, I do not lie;
my conscience joins with the Holy Spirit in bearing me witness
that I have great sorrow and constant anguish in my heart.
For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ
for the sake of my own people,
my kindred according to the flesh.
They are children of Israel;
theirs the adoption, the glory, the covenants,
the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises;
theirs the patriarchs, and from them,
according to the flesh, is the Christ,
who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20
R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.

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.
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.
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.

Gospel
LK 14:1-6

On a sabbath Jesus went to dine
at the home of one of the leading Pharisees,
and the people there were observing him carefully.
In front of him there was a man suffering from dropsy.
Jesus spoke to the scholars of the law and Pharisees in reply, asking,
“Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath or not?”
But they kept silent; so he took the man and,
after he had healed him, dismissed him.
Then he said to them
“Who among you, if your son or ox falls into a cistern,
would not immediately pull him out on the sabbath day?”
But they were unable to answer his question.


  

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:31)

REFLECTION
A month ago, me and my block mates had just finished our exam and we decided to eat snacks at Ministop. Along the way, we saw a little boy (maybe a three-year old) in front of the store, crying out in tears and no one bothered to ask him what’s going on. We ignored him as well as what others did and we went inside the store to get our orders and eat.

During our conversations, we looked at the little boy outside and he was still crying. Everyone who entered the store must’ve seen him outside but still, not one of us did anything about it. Fifteen minutes before our class, I decided to buy something for the boy before leaving. Upon receiving it, he simply said, “Maraming salamat po.” (Thank you very much.)

And from there, I knew that is what the Lord wants us to do for the little boy.

When we follow Jesus, our hearts are transformed in his likeness. We gradually begin to love as He loves, and to carry in our hearts what He carries in his heart. We begin to experience grief and pain when we see His love being rejected. This is a pain we must feel when we face our own sins. Like the Pharisees, we sometimes set our minds on a particular solution or outcome and close our hearts to the plan of the Lord. Even though we have been gifted with the word of God, we can still be stubborn and controlling. We are filled with pride, unable to fulfill the commandment of love. We must not resist in helping and loving others because that is what Jesus wants us to do.

We are children of God. We can love because we are loved.

Prayer
Father God, teach me to show more love to my neighbor as much as You have loved us.

Author

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