Little Whispers, Nina Miranda

Now Open

First Reading
Acts 18:23-28
After staying in Antioch some time,
Paul left and traveled in orderly sequence
through the Galatian country and Phrygia,
bringing strength to all the disciples.

A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria,
an eloquent speaker, arrived in Ephesus.
He was an authority on the Scriptures.
He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and,
with ardent spirit, spoke and taught accurately about Jesus,
although he knew only the baptism of John.
He began to speak boldly in the synagogue;
but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him,
they took him aside
and explained to him the Way of God more accurately.
And when he wanted to cross to Achaia,
the brothers encouraged him
and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him.
After his arrival he gave great assistance
to those who had come to believe through grace.
He vigorously refuted the Jews in public,
establishing from the Scriptures that the Christ is Jesus.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 43:2-3, 8-9, 10
R.    (8a)  God is king of all the earth.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
All you peoples, clap your hands;
shout to God with cries of gladness.
For the LORD, the Most High, the awesome,
is the great king over all the earth.
R.    God is king of all the earth.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
For king of all the earth is God;
sing hymns of praise.
God reigns over the nations,
God sits upon his holy throne.
R.    God is king of all the earth.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
The princes of the peoples are gathered together
with the people of the God of Abraham.
For God’s are the guardians of the earth;
he is supreme.
R.    God is king of all the earth.
or:
R.    Alleluia.

Gospel
John 16:23B-28
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
Until now you have not asked anything in my name;
ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

“I have told you this in figures of speech.
The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures
but I will tell you clearly about the Father.
On that day you will ask in my name,
and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you.
For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me
and have come to believe that I came from God.
I came from the Father and have come into the world.
Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”


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“Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.” (John 16:23B-24)

REFLECTION
I remember wanting a lot of things when I was little. I would simply ask my parents to buy me new books or toys, or to take me and my siblings out to watch a movie. Most of the time they would grant these requests, but on some occassions, they would say no. I would get sad about it for a short while, but eventually move on.

Growing up, getting what I wanted seemed to become more difficult because of certain factors such as money, environment, and time. For example, given the situation that we are in right now, I want to finish my requirements for the semester as early as possible but I couldn’t because unfortunately, not all of my professors could be easily contacted.

There have also been moments wherein I would find myself waking up in the middle of the night and just cry. I would hope and pray to God for my wishes and dreams to come true, (don’t get me wrong, some of them do) but it was hard to accept that there were always those prayers that have been left unanswered.

The Gospel today reminded me that the Lord already knows of these things we want in life before we even ask Him. We may sometimes feel upset when we don’t receive them, but He is telling us that He has better plans for us and our future. As God is listening to our heart’s desires, we need only to trust in Him, in His will, and be open to receiving the joy that only He can provide.

Prayer
Father, to You I offer my life. Open my eyes and my heart to see the wonders of Your great love and great plan for me. Amen.

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Little Whispers, Nina Miranda

Living Hope

First Reading
Acts 2:42-47
They devoted themselves
to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life,
to the breaking of bread and to the prayers.
Awe came upon everyone,
and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
All who believed were together and had all things in common;
they would sell their property and possessions
and divide them among all according to each one’s need.
Every day they devoted themselves
to meeting together in the temple area
and to breaking bread in their homes.
They ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart,
praising God and enjoying favor with all the people.
And every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
R. (1) Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Let the house of Israel say,
“His mercy endures forever.”
Let the house of Aaron say,
“His mercy endures forever.”
Let those who fear the LORD say,
“His mercy endures forever.”
R. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
or:
R. Alleluia.
I was hard pressed and was falling,
but the LORD helped me.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
The joyful shout of victory
in the tents of the just:
R. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
or:
R. Alleluia.
The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.
This is the day the LORD has made;
let us be glad and rejoice in it.
R. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Second Reading
1 Peter 1:3-9
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading,
kept in heaven for you
who by the power of God are safeguarded through faith,
to a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the final time.
In this you rejoice, although now for a little while
you may have to suffer through various trials,
so that the genuineness of your faith,
more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire,
may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor
at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Although you have not seen him you love him;
even though you do not see him now yet believe in him,
you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy,
as you attain the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Gospel
John 20:19-31
On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.”

Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
But he said to them,
“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
and put my finger into the nailmarks
and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

Now a week later his disciples were again inside
and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

Now, Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples
that are not written in this book.
But these are written that you may come to believe
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,
and that through this belief you may have life in his name.


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“… Although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:6-7)

REFLECTION
It no longer surprises me when I see people posting online about how restless or anxious they are of what has been happening in the world. This is because recently, I have also felt the same.

Clearly, everything is changing right in front of our eyes in ways we never expected. From the adjustments in our daily routines to the numbers of new cases every day, there lies the uncertainty of what is to come.

Months ago, all of us had no idea that we would now be living in isolation to avoid being infected by a virus. Only yesterday, I woke up to the troubling news that one of my friends had passed away due to brain herniation. For some time, I reflected on how this is affecting his family and other friends, especially given our current state. In my head, my only thought was, “Why?”.

Today’s second reading answered this for me. As Peter speaks of the past, present, and the future, I am reminded that it is in these challenging times that our faith in the Lord is put to the test. There may be many causes to our suffering, but what we must keep in mind is that there is an end to it, too.

No one person could ever really be sure of what the future holds, yet God knows. In fact, it is by His power that we are preserved and guarded until we receive His inheritance kept in heaven. In spite of trials, Jesus is there to guide and help us along the way. Through His resurrection, He has filled us with His great love, for us to continue igniting our hope and renewing our faith in Him.

Reflection Song

My Soul Finds Rest (Psalm 62) by Dan Purkapile

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Little Whispers, Nina Miranda

In Control

First Reading
Song of Songs 2:8-14
Hark! my lover–here he comes
springing across the mountains,
leaping across the hills.
My lover is like a gazelle
or a young stag.
Here he stands behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
peering through the lattices.
My lover speaks; he says to me,
“Arise, my beloved, my dove, my beautiful one,
and come!
“For see, the winter is past,
the rains are over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of pruning the vines has come,
and the song of the dove is heard in our land.
The fig tree puts forth its figs,
and the vines, in bloom, give forth fragrance.
Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one,
and come!

“O my dove in the clefts of the rock,
in the secret recesses of the cliff,
Let me see you,
let me hear your voice,
For your voice is sweet,
and you are lovely.”

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21

R.(1a; 3a) Exult, you just, in the Lord! Sing to him a new song.
Give thanks to the LORD on the harp;
with the ten-stringed lyre chant his praises.
Sing to him a new song;
pluck the strings skillfully, with shouts of gladness.
R. Exult, you just, in the Lord! Sing to him a new song.
But the plan of the LORD stands forever;
the design of his heart, through all generations.
Blessed the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people he has chosen for his own inheritance.
R. Exult, you just, in the Lord! Sing to him a new song.
Our soul waits for the LORD,
who is our help and our shield,
For in him our hearts rejoice;
in his holy name we trust.
R. Exult, you just, in the Lord! Sing to him a new song.

Gospel
Luke 1:39-45
Mary set out in those days
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
“Most blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.”


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“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” (Luke 1:45)

REFLECTION
I have never been fond of spontaneity.

As someone who loves planning, I would rather have my tasks and events scheduled ahead of time compared to doing things on the spur of the moment. Even when I was younger, I did my best to come up with rehearsed presentations and speeches, instead of ad-libs and impromptus. I am the type of person who even overthinks because I wouldn’t want to end up making rash or impulsive decisions.

Then again, things don’t always go as planned. The feeling of not knowing of what is to come makes me very worried and anxious.

This 2019, I was faced with a lot of challenges and drawbacks, especially coming to terms with the fact that I have no control over what my future holds. I struggled with adapting to certain situations, but eventually learned how to become more resilient. Looking back, I realized that I would not have have done it if I didn’t put my faith in the Lord.

In the Gospel today, Elizabeth celebrates Mary’s willingness to say “yes” to God’s plan for her. Mary is blessed, for she believed that God is working in and through her, and His promises are sure. Just like Mary, I continue to strive to pursue the Lord and His ways by remembering that every day, He is fulfilling His plans for me.

The Gospel simply teaches us to be like Mary, who always put her trust in God. We are reminded that there is no reason to be afraid, as He will always be with us in every step of the way and it is He who is in control of all.

Reflection Song

In Control by Hillsong Worship

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Little Whispers, Nina Miranda

No Greater Love

First Reading
Romans 8:31B-39
Brothers and sisters:
If God is for us, who can be against us?
He did not spare his own Son
but handed him over for us all,
how will he not also give us everything else along with him?
Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones?
It is God who acquits us.
Who will condemn?
It is Christ Jesus who died, rather, was raised,
who also is at the right hand of God,
who indeed intercedes for us.
What will separate us from the love of Christ?
Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?
As it is written:

For your sake we are being slain all the day;
we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.

No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly
through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities,
nor present things, nor future things,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other creature will be able to separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 109: 21-22, 26-27, 30-31
R. (26b) Save me, O Lord, in your mercy.
Do you, O GOD, my Lord, deal kindly with me for your name’s sake;
in your generous mercy rescue me;
For I am wretched and poor,
and my heart is pierced within me.
R. Save me, O Lord, in your mercy.
Help me, O LORD, my God;
save me, in your mercy,
And let them know that this is your hand;
that you, O LORD, have done this.
R. Save me, O Lord, in your mercy.
I will speak my thanks earnestly to the LORD,
and in the midst of the throng I will praise him,
For he stood at the right hand of the poor man,
to save him from those who would condemn his soul.
R. Save me, O Lord, in your kindness.

Gospel
Luke 13:31-35
Some Pharisees came to Jesus and said,
“Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you.”
He replied, “Go and tell that fox,
‘Behold, I cast out demons and I perform healings today and tomorrow,
and on the third day I accomplish my purpose.
Yet I must continue on my way today, tomorrow, and the following day,
for it is impossible that a prophet should die
outside of Jerusalem.’

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you,
how many times I yearned to gather your children together
as a hen gathers her brood under her wings,
but you were unwilling!
Behold, your house will be abandoned.
But I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say,
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”


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No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. (Romans 8:37)

REFLECTION
We all have our share of problems and tragedies in life, no matter how big or small.

When I was younger, I used to question the things that made living difficult. Why did my school’s morning ceremony start as early as 6:45 in the morning? Why was I getting low grades when I spent more time studying compared to my classmates? Why wasn’t I understood by the people around me? All of these experiences, I considered as hardships.

Now on my second year in college and having been brought closer to the Lord more than ever through the youth ministry, I have understood that sacrifice and suffering cannot be avoided.

Problems are part of life, and God only wants us to learn from these. He has made me realize that He would not give me anything I could not solve. I am reassured that He will be with me through every trial as He encourages me to completely submit and surrender my all to Him.

Today’s Word reminds us that our Jesus Christ has already won the victory for us for He is bigger than all our struggles and worries. He is with us amidst adversity and difficulty, and by His grace we can overcome them. In the end, nothing could ever separate us from His great love.

Reflection Song

Higher + Wider + Deeper by Citipointe Worship

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Little Whispers, Nina Miranda

At Your Service

First Reading
Nehemiah 8:1-4A, 5-6, 7B-12
The whole people gathered as one in the open space before the Water Gate,
and they called upon Ezra the scribe
to bring forth the book of the law of Moses
which the LORD prescribed for Israel.
On the first day of the seventh month, therefore,
Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly,
which consisted of men, women,
and those children old enough to understand.
Standing at one end of the open place that was before the Water Gate,
he read out of the book from daybreak until midday,
in the presence of the men, the women,
and those children old enough to understand;
and all the people listened attentively to the book of the law.
Ezra the scribe stood on a wooden platform
that had been made for the occasion.
He opened the scroll
so that all the people might see it
(for he was standing higher up than any of the people);
and, as he opened it, all the people rose.
Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God,
and all the people, their hands raised high, answered,
“Amen, amen!”
Then they bowed down and prostrated themselves before the LORD,
their faces to the ground.
As the people remained in their places,
Ezra read plainly from the book of the law of God,
interpreting it so that all could understand what was read.
Then Nehemiah, that is, His Excellency, and Ezra the priest-scribe
and the Levites who were instructing the people
said to all the people:
“Today is holy to the LORD your God.
Do not be sad, and do not weep”–
for all the people were weeping as they heard the words of the law.
He said further:  “Go, eat rich foods and drink sweet drinks,
and allot portions to those who had nothing prepared;
for today is holy to our LORD.
Do not be saddened this day,
for rejoicing in the LORD must be your strength!”
And the Levites quieted all the people, saying,
“Hush, for today is holy, and you must not be saddened.”
Then all the people went to eat and drink,
to distribute portions, and to celebrate with great joy,
for they understood the words that had been expounded to them.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11
R. (9ab) The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul;
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.
R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
The precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
The command of the LORD is clear,
enlightening the eye;
R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever;
The ordinances of the LORD are true,
all of them just.
R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
They are more precious than gold,
than a heap of purest gold;
Sweeter also than syrup
or honey from the comb.
R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.

Gospel
Luke 10:1-12
Jesus appointed seventy-two other disciples
whom he sent ahead of him in pairs
to every town and place he intended to visit.
He said to them,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.
Go on your way;
behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals;
and greet no one along the way.
Into whatever house you enter, first say,
‘Peace to this household.’
If a peaceful person lives there,
your peace will rest on him;
but if not, it will return to you.
Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you,
for the laborer deserves his payment.
Do not move about from one house to another.
Whatever town you enter and they welcome you,
eat what is set before you,
cure the sick in it and say to them,
‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.’
Whatever town you enter and they do not receive you,
go out into the streets and say,
‘The dust of your town that clings to our feet,
even that we shake off against you.’
Yet know this: the Kingdom of God is at hand.
I tell you,
it will be more tolerable for Sodom on that day than for that town.”


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“Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.” (Luke 10:3)

REFLECTION
I genuinely love helping people.

If you need a hand with homework, an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on, or someone to ask a favor from—I would gladly be at your service! It brings me so much joy in seeing people smile, from the random or not so random acts of kindness I do. These things, in return, help me in discovering a sense of fulfillment towards my purpose in life.

Earlier this year, I was called to be one of the Intercessory Heads who would be serving the BLD Youth Ministry for the next three years. Shortly after, I had also been accepted into the Praise Ministry to serve by means of music. This semester, I had just recently finished serving under the Finance Team of a retreat I attended, and I am currently applying for a service organization that caters to children with chronic illnesses.

Looking into what I have been doing, I could liken myself to the disciples Jesus has appointed and sent out to go before Him. He has bestowed on me the privilege of carrying out His ministry. It may not always be easy, and there will always be trials and obstacles along the way, but with God’s power and grace, I know that I, together with those who have said yes to Him, will succeed.

Today, the Lord seeks us and calls us to be part of the mission of spreading His Good News; to be at His service. We must keep Him in mind in everything that we do, for He is working through us. We may not know for sure where He will lead us, but He has already equipped us with what we need to be part of His Kingdom.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, grant me wisdom, courage, and strength to follow and do Your will. Bless me, so that I may be an instrument of Your love and be of service to others. Amen.

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Little Whispers, Nina Miranda

Sufficient Evidence

First Reading
1 Timothy 2:1-8
Beloved:
First of all, I ask that supplications, prayers,
petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone,
for kings and for all in authority,
that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life
in all devotion and dignity.
This is good and pleasing to God our savior,
who wills everyone to be saved
and to come to knowledge of the truth.

For there is one God.
There is also one mediator between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus,
who gave himself as ransom for all.

This was the testimony at the proper time.
For this I was appointed preacher and Apostle
(I am speaking the truth, I am not lying),
teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

It is my wish, then, that in every place the men should pray,
lifting up holy hands, without anger or argument.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 28:2, 7, 8-9
R.(6) Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my prayer.

Hear the sound of my pleading, when I cry to you,
lifting up my hands toward your holy shrine.
R.Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my prayer.
The LORD is my strength and my shield.
In him my heart trusts, and I find help;
then my heart exults, and with my song I give him thanks.
R.Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my prayer.
The LORD is the strength of his people,
the saving refuge of his anointed.
Save your people, and bless your inheritance;
feed them, and carry them forever!
R.Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my prayer.

Gospel
Luke 7:1-10
When Jesus had finished all his words to the people,
he entered Capernaum.
A centurion there had a slave who was ill and about to die,
and he was valuable to him.
When he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to him,
asking him to come and save the life of his slave.
They approached Jesus and strongly urged him to come, saying,
“He deserves to have you do this for him,
for he loves our nation and he built the synagogue for us.”
And Jesus went with them,
but when he was only a short distance from the house,
the centurion sent friends to tell him,
“Lord, do not trouble yourself,
for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof.
Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you;
but say the word and let my servant be healed.
For I too am a person subject to authority,
with soldiers subject to me.
And I say to one, Go, and he goes;
and to another, Come here, and he comes;
and to my slave, Do this, and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him
and, turning, said to the crowd following him,
“I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”
When the messengers returned to the house,
they found the slave in good health.


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“When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him and, turning, said to the crowd following him, ‘I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.'” (Luke 7:9)

REFLECTION
Growing up with religious parents and spending most of my years in Catholic schools, I have always been asked by others of why I believed in God, even if He can’t be seen. For years, I did not know whether there was only one correct answer to it or if there ever was an answer. Now that I’m older, I am aware that the answer lies in me and everything around me.

I was taught, and I accept the truth that the Lord created the universe, gave us life, and sent His Son Jesus Christ who performed many miracles when He was alive. One of them, was mentioned in today’s Gospel. When the centurion humbly requested the messengers to ask Jesus to heal one of his servants, He did so.

I suppose my faith in God came in knowing in my mind and heart that He is doing great things for me, healing me, and coming to me through His Word, despite me sometimes doing wrong. It is when we acknowledge and own up to our sinfulness, and believe in Jesus’ power that we can truly say we are faithful to Him. At the same time, our faith on its own does nothing; it must be based on God’s promises.

Faith may mean believing in difficult truths, but God never forced us to believe in Him though He could. Instead, He has given us enough proof of His existence for us to willingly respond to Him. And as we pray for people who may suffer from illnesses, or alternatively ask others to pray for us, the Lord asks us to remain faithful as the centurion was.

Reflection Song

Say the Word by Hillsong UNITED

Author

wc-nina

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Little Whispers, Nina Miranda

Providence

First Reading
Colossians 1:15-20
Brothers and sisters:
Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn of all creation.
For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers;
all things were created through him and for him.
He is before all things,
and in him all things hold together.
He is the head of the Body, the Church.
He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,
that in all things he himself might be preeminent.
For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell,
and through him to reconcile all things for him,
making peace by the Blood of his cross
through him, whether those on earth or those in heaven.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 100: 1B-2, 3, 4, 5
R. (2b) Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
serve the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful song.
R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.
Know that the LORD is God;
he made us, his we are;
his people, the flock he tends.
R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
his courts with praise;
Give thanks to him; bless his name.
R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.
For he is good,
the LORD, whose kindness endures forever,
and his faithfulness, to all generations.
R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.

Gospel
Luke 5:33-39
The scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus,
“The disciples of John the Baptist fast often and offer prayers,
and the disciples of the Pharisees do the same;
but yours eat and drink.”
Jesus answered them, “Can you make the wedding guests fast
while the bridegroom is with them?
But the days will come, and when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
then they will fast in those days.”
And he also told them a parable.
“No one tears a piece from a new cloak to patch an old one.
Otherwise, he will tear the new
and the piece from it will not match the old cloak.
Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins,
and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined.
Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins.
And no one who has been drinking old wine desires new,
for he says, ‘The old is good.'”


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“He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:17)

REFLECTION
I have always considered myself to be a person with high standards. Whenever I have assignments or outputs to be done, either for school or for organizations, I would give them my one hundred percent, putting in a lot of effort and time in finishing them. Normally, I’d even set aside sleep until I’m satisfied and fulfilled with my work. I don’t like settling for something short of best, when I know I’m capable of doing more.

Having this mindset, though, is my greatest weakness. With it, I have become more stressed and anxious because I fixate on the littlest of details. I set standards so high that I lose sight of my goals and the purpose embedded in what I do. I have developed the fear of not being able to achieve certain ideas or plans. Lastly, I easily get upset when things don’t go my way.

Recently, upon reflecting, I have been reminded by a friend that nothing is beyond God’s control. Indeed, today’s Word affirms that God holds power over all the things in our world. He may be the only one who knows of what will come our way in the future, still He will be guiding us in making it happen.

God calls us to place our trust in Him, to lift up everything to Him. We may not always get what we want, but our God is a God who provides. He equips us with what we need, in accordance with His will, and reassures us of His constant presence in our lives.

Reflection Song

Author

wc-nina

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