Little Whispers, Tisha Tayag

Heaven Sent

First Reading
Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11
In those days,
like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijah
whose words were as a flaming furnace.
Their staff of bread he shattered,
in his zeal he reduced them to straits;
By the Lord’s word he shut up the heavens
and three times brought down fire.
How awesome are you, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds!
Whose glory is equal to yours?
You were taken aloft in a whirlwind of fire,
in a chariot with fiery horses.
You were destined, it is written, in time to come
to put an end to wrath before the day of the LORD,
To turn back the hearts of fathers toward their sons,
and to re-establish the tribes of Jacob.
Blessed is he who shall have seen you
and who falls asleep in your friendship.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 80:2AC AND 3B, 15-16, 18-19
R.(4) Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
O shepherd of Israel, hearken,
From your throne upon the cherubim, shine forth.
Rouse your power.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
Once again, O LORD of hosts,
look down from heaven, and see;
Take care of this vine,
and protect what your right hand has planted
the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
May your help be with the man of your right hand,
with the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
Then we will no more withdraw from you;
give us new life, and we will call upon your name.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.

Gospel
Matthew 17:9A, 10-13
As they were coming down from the mountain,
the disciples asked Jesus,
“Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”
He said in reply, “Elijah will indeed come and restore all things;
but I tell you that Elijah has already come,
and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased.
So also will the Son of Man suffer at their hands.”
Then the disciples understood
that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.


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“Elijah will indeed come and restore all things but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him.” (Matthew 17: 11-12)

REFLECTION
As we know, Elijah was sent by God during the times of the Old Testament. In the time of Jesus and as seen in this Gospel, Elijah has come as John the Baptist. We all know how John the Baptist’s story went. Although, people believed, listened, and followed his teachings. There were still some who were discontent with what He had to say.

Just like us, we encounter our own kinds of Elijahs. These are God-sent people who aim to give us light and help us through our everyday journeys, yet we tend to take them for granted or set them aside. It is only at the end of it all that we realize that when we neglect these people, we have placed ourselves in deeper problems or more dangers. We may have our own clouded minds and endless reasons why we end up treating them this way but I guess, now would be a good time to acknowledge them and spend time listening to them because they only want what is best for you.

As we celebrate Jesus’s coming in 11 days, let’s also take some time out to celebrate the people sent to us who served as an Elijah or a John the Baptist. If you’ve thought of somebody that never tires to be there to for you in your lowest of lows and dark times, it would be nice to show a simple appreciation to them by making them feel loved and listened to as well. I’m pretty sure it would make their holiday season shine brighter too!

Prayer
Heavenly Father, I want to take this time to thank the people that You have blessed me so much this year. The presence of the people who served as love and light has helped me overcome and conquer another year. I pray that You continue to empower them and protect them, and most importantly, may all their dreams and desires align to Your great plan for them. Amen.

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Little Whispers, Tisha Tayag

Call Me Maybe

First Reading
Romans 10:9-18
Brothers and sisters:
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
you will be saved.
For one believes with the heart and so is justified,
and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.
The Scripture says,
No one who believes in him will be put to shame.
There is no distinction between Jew and Greek;
the same Lord is Lord of all,
enriching all who call upon him.
For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed?
And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard?
And how can they hear without someone to preach?
And how can people preach unless they are sent?
As it is written,
How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!
But not everyone has heeded the good news;
for Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed what was heard from us?
Thus faith comes from what is heard,
and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.
But I ask, did they not hear?
Certainly they did; for

Their voice has gone forth to all the earth,
and their words to the ends of the world.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11
R.(10) The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
or:
R.(John 6:63) Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul;
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
or:
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
The command of the LORD is clear,
enlightening the eye.
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
or:
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever;
The ordinances of the LORD are true,
all of them just.
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
or:
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
They are more precious than gold,
than a heap of purest gold;
Sweeter also than syrup
or honey from the comb.
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
or:
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

Gospel
Matthew 4:18-22
As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers,
Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew,
casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.
He said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
At once they left their nets and followed him.
He walked along from there and saw two other brothers,
James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets.
He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father
and followed him.


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“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

REFLECTION
As a grade school teacher, I hear my name being called many times a day for many different reasons. Just recently, as I was walking away from our level corridor, a student shouted, “Ms. Tayag!” There was urgency in the voice so I quickly turned to face the student and there I saw tears about to fall from the eyes. I walked towards the student and immediately listened to the concern. The tears were falling as the student felt fearful because she has been bitten by a mosquito. For adults, this may not seem like much but for her, it was a major concern. I held her tight and invited her to prayer of surrender. As we ended our comfort session, I reminded her to place her trust in the Lord. Even though she is young, it is never too early (or too late) to have faith in the Lord.

My student’s cry was a call for help. Just like her, we go through every day calling out for help in our own ways. At home, may it be for a serious matter or to be extra affectionate, you’d hear my brothers and I shout “Maaaaa!” (“Mooom!”) to which our mother would respond to instantly even if she knows we may be up to no good. This immediate response from our mom makes us feel secure and safe. The best part here is that our Good Lord does the same for us too. Isn’t that such a delightful thing to be graced with?

My dearest friends, the letter of Paul to the Romans contains a very beautiful promise. You may be reading this and thinking of that something you wish to be saved from. This is the perfect time for you to call on His name and surrender to Him whatever it may be that is on your mind right now. God’s hotline is 24/7 and He will be the one to pick up the call. He is waiting for the phone to ring just to hear Your voice because He himself will show You how He intends to save you no matter what.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, there are thoughts and situations that I need saving from in my life. I tend to find solution and escape from worldly things only to wake up and see that it is still there, lingering by. I no longer want to do this alone so, I am calling out to You because I believe and claim that You will save me every day and always, now and forever. Amen.

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Gab Sanchez, Little Whispers

Dean’s Lister

First Reading
1 Maccabees 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63
[From the descendants of Alexander’s officers]
there sprang a sinful offshoot, Antiochus Epiphanes,
son of King Antiochus, once a hostage at Rome.
He became king in the year one hundred and thirty seven
of the kingdom of the Greeks.

In those days there appeared in Israel
men who were breakers of the law,
and they seduced many people, saying:
“Let us go and make an alliance with the Gentiles all around us;
since we separated from them, many evils have come upon us.”
The proposal was agreeable;
some from among the people promptly went to the king,
and he authorized them to introduce the way of living
of the Gentiles.
Thereupon they built a gymnasium in Jerusalem
according to the Gentile custom.
They covered over the mark of their circumcision
and abandoned the holy covenant;
they allied themselves with the Gentiles
and sold themselves to wrongdoing.

Then the king wrote to his whole kingdom that all should be one people,
each abandoning his particular customs.
All the Gentiles conformed to the command of the king,
and many children of Israel were in favor of his religion;
they sacrificed to idols and profaned the sabbath.

On the fifteenth day of the month Chislev,
in the year one hundred and forty-five,
the king erected the horrible abomination
upon the altar of burnt offerings
and in the surrounding cities of Judah they built pagan altars.
They also burned incense at the doors of the houses and in the streets.
Any scrolls of the law which they found they tore up and burnt.
Whoever was found with a scroll of the covenant,
and whoever observed the law,
was condemned to death by royal decree.
But many in Israel were determined
and resolved in their hearts not to eat anything unclean;
they preferred to die rather than to be defiled with unclean food
or to profane the holy covenant; and they did die.
Terrible affliction was upon Israel.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 119:53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158

R.  (see 88) Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.
Indignation seizes me because of the wicked
who forsake your law.
R. Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.
Though the snares of the wicked are twined about me,
your law I have not forgotten.
R. Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.
Redeem me from the oppression of men,
that I may keep your precepts.
R. Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.
I am attacked by malicious persecutors
who are far from your law.
R. Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.
Far from sinners is salvation,
because they seek not your statutes.
R. Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.
I beheld the apostates with loathing,
because they kept not to your promise.
R. Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.

Gospel
Luke 18:35-43

As Jesus approached Jericho
a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging,
and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening.
They told him,
“Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”
He shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”
The people walking in front rebuked him,
telling him to be silent,
but he kept calling out all the more,
“Son of David, have pity on me!”
Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him;
and when he came near, Jesus asked him,
“What do you want me to do for you?”
He replied, “Lord, please let me see.”
Jesus told him, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.”
He immediately received his sight
and followed him, giving glory to God.
When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God.


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“Have sight; your faith has saved you.” (Luke 18:42)

REFLECTION
I remember back in college, I would always get simple grades, while my friends and colleagues would all get high grades and make the dean’s list consistently. I felt like I did not belong with them. I faced many temptations to simply accept what I was experiencing, as if there was nothing else I could achieve. But I decided to not give up. I decided to work even harder despite all the difficulties, all the times I would struggle during seat works, all the times I failed to raise my hand for recitations. When I’d get home, I would go straight to work because I knew what the right thing to do was.

This is what God is trying to tell us today. In the readings, it tells of a time wherein faith was being misplaced. It told of a time when people were choosing a false way of living over the love of God. But some people still chose to serve Him, even if it meant risking their lives and being put in temporary struggle. The Lord is telling us today to stay strong despite all that is against you. He is telling you that you must just trust in Him, and you will be able to stand against any adversary.

Anyone can look at my grades and say that I did not have the highest of grades or the best start. But because of the faith I put in myself, and more because of the faith I put in Him, I am proud to say that I ended strong. I did not graduate with any big awards, but I am proud because of how He helped me be better than I ever thought I could be.

Reflection Song

Where the Love Lasts Forever by Hillsong UNITED

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Little Whispers, Tam Rodriguez

The Magician

First Reading
Wisdom 13:1-9
All men were by nature foolish who were in ignorance of God,
and who from the good things seen did not succeed in knowing him who is,
and from studying the works did not discern the artisan;
But either fire, or wind, or the swift air,
or the circuit of the stars, or the mighty water,
or the luminaries of heaven, the governors of the world, they considered gods.
Now if out of joy in their beauty they thought them gods,
let them know how far more excellent is the Lord than these;
for the original source of beauty fashioned them.
Or if they were struck by their might and energy,
let them from these things realize how much more powerful is he who made them.
For from the greatness and the beauty of created things
their original author, by analogy, is seen.
But yet, for these the blame is less;
For they indeed have gone astray perhaps,
though they seek God and wish to find him.
For they search busily among his works,
but are distracted by what they see, because the things seen are fair.
But again, not even these are pardonable.
For if they so far succeeded in knowledge
that they could speculate about the world,
how did they not more quickly find its Lord?

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 19:2-3, 4-5AB
R.(2a) The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day pours out the word to day,
and night to night imparts knowledge.
R. The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
Not a word nor a discourse
whose voice is not heard;
Through all the earth their voice resounds,
and to the ends of the world, their message.
R. The heavens proclaim the glory of God.

Gospel
Luke 17:26-37

Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be in the days of the Son of Man;
they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage up to the day
that Noah entered the ark,
and the flood came and destroyed them all.
Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot:
they were eating, drinking, buying,
selling, planting, building;
on the day when Lot left Sodom,
fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all.
So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
On that day, someone who is on the housetop
and whose belongings are in the house
must not go down to get them,
and likewise one in the field
must not return to what was left behind.
Remember the wife of Lot.
Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it,
but whoever loses it will save it.
I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed;
one will be taken, the other left.
And there will be two women grinding meal together;
one will be taken, the other left.”
They said to him in reply, “Where, Lord?”
He said to them, “Where the body is,
there also the vultures will gather.”


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“All men, by nature, are foolish who are in ignorance of God.” (Wisdom 13:1)

REFLECTION
Believing in Jesus was somehow a ridiculous thought to me when I was young. I’ve always viewed Him as a magician every time I hear a story of His miracles. I see His teachings as a tool to lure people in giving their money to their respective church. I’ve seen Him as a figure of hope as well, thinking that He was worshiped because people need to be given a sense of hope. I thought that the Church was just using a protagonist of some book to manipulate people for their agendas.

This perspective clouded my thoughts which closed my mind to the idea of God. Afterwards, a day came where a simple decision of my family would crash our world as we know it. We struggled in every possible way and lost everything that we owned. The problems that we encountered exhausted us physically and mentally to a point that it made us bitter.

Then one Sunday came and we decided to go to mass. Little did I know that an enthusiastic priest would change my views. He opened his statement with a simple quote from proverbs, “Follow the word of God, all things shall succeed well.”

With his charm and heartfelt speech revolving around that passage, I asked myself, if success is what I want how can I follow Him? This simple question led me to prayer meetings and teachings from different church related communities. Then slowly I see hope within and realize that God is not a superficial idea rather, a living thought that teaches us how to live in a manner where we can manage our personal obstacles by giving us opportunities that leads to our success in life.

Prayer
Father, open the eyes of Your people to their ignorance of You. Give then the opportunity to see Your goodness; for them to know Your wonderful plans for them. Amen!

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Little Whispers, Tisha Tayag

A for Effort

First Reading
Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12
The angel brought me
back to the entrance of the temple,
and I saw water flowing out
from beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east,
for the façade of the temple was toward the east;
the water flowed down from the southern side of the temple,
south of the altar.
He led me outside by the north gate,
and around to the outer gate facing the east,
where I saw water trickling from the southern side.
He said to me,
“This water flows into the eastern district down upon the Arabah,
and empties into the sea, the salt waters, which it makes fresh.
Wherever the river flows,
every sort of living creature that can multiply shall live,
and there shall be abundant fish,
for wherever this water comes the sea shall be made fresh.
Along both banks of the river, fruit trees of every kind shall grow;
their leaves shall not fade, nor their fruit fail.
Every month they shall bear fresh fruit,
for they shall be watered by the flow from the sanctuary.
Their fruit shall serve for food, and their leaves for medicine.”

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9

R.(5) The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High!
God is our refuge and our strength,
an ever-present help in distress.
Therefore, we fear not, though the earth be shaken
and mountains plunge into the depths of the sea.
R. The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High!
There is a stream whose runlets gladden the city of God,
the holy dwelling of the Most High.
God is in its midst; it shall not be disturbed;
God will help it at the break of dawn.
R. The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High!
The LORD of hosts is with us;
our stronghold is the God of Jacob.
Come! behold the deeds of the LORD,
the astounding things he has wrought on earth.
R. The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High!

Second Reading
1 Corinthians 3:9C-11, 16-17
Brothers and sisters:
You are God’s building.
According to the grace of God given to me,
like a wise master builder I laid a foundation,
and another is building upon it.
But each one must be careful how he builds upon it,
for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there,
namely, Jesus Christ.

Do you not know that you are the temple of God,
and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
If anyone destroys God’s temple,
God will destroy that person;
for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.

Gospel
John 2:13-22

Since the Passover of the Jews was near,
Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves,
as well as the money-changers seated there.
He made a whip out of cords
and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen,
and spilled the coins of the money-changers
and overturned their tables,
and to those who sold doves he said,
“Take these out of here,
and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.”
His disciples recalled the words of Scripture,
Zeal for your house will consume me.
At this the Jews answered and said to him,
“What sign can you show us for doing this?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.”
The Jews said,
“This temple has been under construction for forty-six years,
and you will raise it up in three days?”
But he was speaking about the temple of his Body.
Therefore, when he was raised from the dead,
his disciples remembered that he had said this,
and they came to believe the Scripture
and the word Jesus had spoken.


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“God is in its midst; it shall not be shaken; God will help it at break of day.” (Ps 46:6)

REFLECTION
I’ve always been the type of student that gets anxious when it comes to test-taking. This began in grade school and dragged on until high school. I had this thinking that I’m not smart enough to answer a pen-and-paper test and I won’t pass. The only time I tried to make a conscious effort to overcome this was in college, but the feeling still remained.

In 2017, I decided to further my studies and enrolled for graduate school. Knowing myself, I knew I would do well when requirements involved reporting or writing papers. Answering tests – a totally different story! In graduate school, when you are done with your academic courses, you will take a written comprehensive exam. I took mine last October and it took me about two months to prepare. I had to take time off from going out, service, and many other things just to focus on studying because that nagging feeling never left – I will not pass. Nine days before my exam, I began my own novena and went to Mass daily to offer it for my exam. I knew this was something I would never overcome on my own. I needed more than just to prepare by studying but I needed to spiritually prepare as well. Like with many battles in my life, I fought it with my prayer and surrendered it to my Lord.

On the exam days, I spent extra time in the chapel. When I was finished with the whole exam, I found myself praying for my fellow takers and proclaimed, “Lord, I claim that I will pass this exam. In Your Name. Amen.” Last week, results came out and the best birthday blessing was given to me. I saw my letter of results and I passed. I made it, I did it! I knew in my heart that what I had to do next was to give glory and praise to the One who made it all happen for me. It is through Him, that I conquered and that I made a big step closer to my dream.

Friends, the readings remind us of how God’s presence in our lives leads to many possibilities. When we feel low, weak, and unable, it is our faith that equips us and allows us to move the mountains we have to face. Whatever you are experiencing, allow God to show you His best effort and the way you will ace through things alongside him. All you need to do is…believe.

Reflection Song

Through Christ by Generation Unleashed

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Little Whispers, Ryan Rivera

What do you want to be when you grow up?

First Reading
Romans 4:20-25
Brothers and sisters:
Abraham did not doubt God’s promise in unbelief;
rather, he was empowered by faith and gave glory to God
and was fully convinced that what God had promised
he was also able to do.
That is why it was credited to him as righteousness.
But it was not for him alone that it was written
that it was credited to him;
it was also for us, to whom it will be credited,
who believe in the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead,
who was handed over for our transgressions
and was raised for our justification.

Responsorial Psalm
Luke 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75
R.(see 68) Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
He has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
born of the house of his servant David.
R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.
R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.
R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.

Gospel
Luke 12:13-21
Someone in the crowd said to Jesus,
“Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.”
He replied to him,
“Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?”
Then he said to the crowd,
“Take care to guard against all greed,
for though one may be rich,
one’s life does not consist of possessions.”

Then he told them a parable.
“There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest.
He asked himself, ‘What shall I do,
for I do not have space to store my harvest?’
And he said, ‘This is what I shall do:
I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones.
There I shall store all my grain and other goods
and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you,
you have so many good things stored up for many years,
rest, eat, drink, be merry!”‘
But God said to him,
‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you;
and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’
Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself
but is not rich in what matters to God.”


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“Then he said to the crowd, ‘Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.'” (Luke 12:15)

REFLECTION
When I was in grade school, our teacher asked us, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. While my classmates answered they wanted to be engineers, doctors, scientists, and presidents, I said, “Gusto ko maging masaya.” (I want to be happy.) They all laughed at me, telling me that my answer was wrong. So, I grew up thinking that for me to be happy, I have to be rich, famous, and successful in everything that I do. I have to be the best, the smartest, and the brightest one in the room. I became competitive and saw everyone as competitors as I grew older. I measured my worth through the awards and recognitions that I received. I thought that the more achievements I have, the better I would become.

I only set my eyes on becoming the best, on reaching the top, and on finishing first. I was so focused on winning that I became very self-centered. Everything became about me, what I have and have achieved, what I could do and what I knew. Until I realized I was not happy at all. I asked myself, “I already have everything that I want, but why do I feel empty? I thought happiness comes with the rewards and achievements I get.”

When God redirected my plans, I realized I was so focused on making myself the best instead of helping others become better. I was so focused on reaching the end instead of enjoying the journey. I realized I was not wrong when I said I wanted to be happy when I grow up. Jesus reminded me of my simple dream. He reminded me that His love, grace, and peace is greater and more fulfilling than all the awards, recognitions, and possessions that the world can offer. I was reminded of His promise that true joy can be found in knowing Him. 

Jesus is telling us today that success is not the key to happiness but rather happiness is the key to success. When we begin to fill our minds with the Word of God, the promises of God, and the presence of God, we will be filled with joy – true and everlasting joy.

Reflection Song

Joy by Planetshakers

Author

wc-ryan

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Diego Reyes, Little Whispers

Puso

First Reading
Romans 4:13, 16-18

Brothers and sisters:
It was not through the law
that the promise was made to Abraham and his descendants
that he would inherit the world,
but through the righteousness that comes from faith.
For this reason, it depends on faith,
so that it may be a gift,
and the promise may be guaranteed to all his descendants,
not to those who only adhere to the law
but to those who follow the faith of Abraham,
who is the father of all of us, as it is written,
I have made you father of many nations.
He is our father in the sight of God,
in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead
and calls into being what does not exist.
He believed, hoping against hope,
that he would become the father of many nations,
according to what was said, Thus shall your descendants be.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 105:6-7, 8-9, 42-43
R.(8a) The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

You descendants of Abraham, his servants,
sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
He, the LORD, is our God;
throughout the earth his judgments prevail.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
He remembers forever his covenant
which he made binding for a thousand generations –
Which he entered into with Abraham
and by his oath to Isaac.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
For he remembered his holy word
to his servant Abraham.
And he led forth his people with joy;
with shouts of joy, his chosen ones.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

Gospel
Luke 12:8-12

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I tell you,
everyone who acknowledges me before others
the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God.
But whoever denies me before others
will be denied before the angels of God.

“Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven,
but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit
will not be forgiven.
When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities,
do not worry about how or what your defense will be
or about what you are to say.
For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.”


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“He believed, hoping against hope, that he would become the father of many nations,…” (Romans 4:18)

REFLECTION
During my grade school years, I played table tennis for my Alma Mater. I loved playing table tennis because it was a fast-paced game—perfect for someone as energetic as me! It was not all fun and games though as the sport was complicated and required not just energy and speed, but accuracy and timing.

Whenever I would attend practice sessions with the other varsity players, I felt as though I was inexperienced. Everyone else seemed to have an edge that I did not possess. While other players excelled at hitting the ball with powerful forehand strikes or at spinning the ball with clever backhand strikes, I was just hitting the ball in hopes of scoring a point. I felt unworthy to be part of the varsity team and I soon thought of quitting.

However, one day during practice, my coach said something that stuck to me. He told me, “Wala ‘yan sa talent, nasa puso ‘yan.” (It’s not about talent, it’s about the heart.) 

I realized that I was focusing too much on what other people’s skill that I forgot the reason why I was there—that is to enjoy a sport that I loved with all my heart!

Have you ever felt the same way in life? It is as if everyone else is blessed, and you’re stuck with a boring life.

Jesus believes in what you can do, in what you are capable of, because after all, He made you who you are—and who you are is beautiful! We must accept our failures and insecurities, but we must not allow them to control our lives. It’s not about what you can or can’t do, it is all about the puso (heart), your determination to live life despite all the problems!

Prayer
Father God, grant me the strength to live life exactly how You want me to live it. Amen.

Author

wc-diego

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Photo by: Frederick Tubiermont (@callmefred at unsplash.com)