Adrian Silan, Little Whispers

The Last Word

First Reading
JOS 24:1-2A, 15-17, 18B

Joshua gathered together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem,
summoning their elders, their leaders,
their judges, and their officers.
When they stood in ranks before God,
Joshua addressed all the people:
“If it does not please you to serve the LORD,
decide today whom you will serve,
the gods your fathers served beyond the River
or the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are now dwelling.
As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

But the people answered,
“Far be it from us to forsake the LORD
for the service of other gods.
For it was the LORD, our God,
who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt,
out of a state of slavery.
He performed those great miracles before our very eyes
and protected us along our entire journey
and among the peoples through whom we passed.
Therefore we also will serve the LORD, for he is our God.”

Responsorial Psalm
PS 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21
R. (9a) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
The LORD has eyes for the just,
and ears for their cry.
The LORD confronts the evildoers,
to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
and from all their distress he rescues them.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
Many are the troubles of the just one,
but out of them all the LORD delivers him;
he watches over all his bones;
not one of them shall be broken.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Second Reading
EPH 5:21-32

Brothers and sisters:
Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord.
For the husband is head of his wife
just as Christ is head of the church,
he himself the savior of the body.
As the church is subordinate to Christ,
so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything.
Husbands, love your wives,
even as Christ loved the church
and handed himself over for her to sanctify her,
cleansing her by the bath of water with the word,
that he might present to himself the church in splendor,
without spot or wrinkle or any such thing,
that she might be holy and without blemish.
So also husbands should love their wives as their own bodies.
He who loves his wife loves himself.
For no one hates his own flesh
but rather nourishes and cherishes it,
even as Christ does the church,
because we are members of his body.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother
and be joined to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh.
This is a great mystery,
but I speak in reference to Christ and the church.

Or
EPH 5:2A, 25-32

Brothers and sisters:
Live in love, as Christ loved us.
Husbands, love your wives,
even as Christ loved the church
and handed himself over for her to sanctify her,
cleansing her by the bath of water with the word,
that he might present to himself the church in splendor,
without spot or wrinkle or any such thing,
that she might be holy and without blemish.
So also husbands should love their wives as their own bodies.
He who loves his wife loves himself.
For no one hates his own flesh
but rather nourishes and cherishes it,
even as Christ does the church,
because we are members of his body.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother
and be joined to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh.
This is a great mystery,
but I speak in reference to Christ and the church.

Gospel
JN 6:60-69

Many of Jesus’disciples who were listening said,
“This saying is hard; who can accept it?”
Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this,
he said to them, “Does this shock you?
What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending
to where he was before?
It is the spirit that gives life,
while the flesh is of no avail.
The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life.
But there are some of you who do not believe.”
Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe
and the one who would betray him.
And he said,
“For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me
unless it is granted him by my Father.”

As a result of this,
many of his disciples returned to their former way of life
and no longer accompanied him.
Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.
We have come to believe
and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”


“‘Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.'” (John 6:68-69)

REFLECTION
During our exam week, I was so scared to take the final exam in one of my subjects because I failed that subject before. During my second take, I had above average grades in the quizzes but I still wasn’t confident in taking the final exam.

At that time, the first class was about to end and our class was up next. I studied the night before but I felt that it was still not enough. When the first class was leaving, I could hear them say that it was hard and impossible to pass. When I heard those, my confidence faded more and more but then I saw a friend of mine and approached him to ask about the exam. He told me “Wag ka mag alala, kahit hindi ka nag aral, papasa ka.” (Don’t worry, you’ll pass.) And then he giggled a little. I felt that he was just making fun of me but I held on to those words and focused my mind on them.

During the class, the professor started to hand the exam out. Lo and behold, the exam was difficult and I didn’t know the computations to some of the problems. When we were about to begin, the professor posted a piece of paper in the board and said, “If your name is on this paper, you are exempted in taking the final exam. To my surprise, my name was on the list and there were only two of us in our class who were exempted. My friend in the first class was also exempted and he apparently saw my name when the professor posted it during their class. I was so relieved and thanked God this wonderful blessing.

When Jesus was preaching, some people were having doubts. Most of them returned to their former way of life because it’s easier to accept than what Jesus was preaching. Just like me, I was ready to accept failure because it was easier. But when a promise came, at first I was doubtful. But when I put my faith in it, blessings followed.

It doesn’t matter how easy it is to give up in a bad situation, or to run away from your problems, always hold on to God’s promises. He has the last word and He wants you to have an abundant and joyful life. – Adrian Silan 

Reflection Song

Adrian Silan, Little Whispers

Be Transformed

First Reading
Dn 7:9-10, 13-14

As I watched:
Thrones were set up
and the Ancient One took his throne.
His clothing was bright as snow,
and the hair on his head as white as wool;
his throne was flames of fire,
with wheels of burning fire.
A surging stream of fire
flowed out from where he sat;
Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,
and myriads upon myriads attended him.
The court was convened and the books were opened.

As the visions during the night continued, I saw:

One like a Son of man coming,
on the clouds of heaven;
When he reached the Ancient One
and was presented before him,
The one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship;
all peoples, nations, and languages serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not be taken away,
his kingship shall not be destroyed.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 9
R. (1a and 9a) The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.

The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;
let the many islands be glad.
Clouds and darkness are round about him,
justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne.
R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
before the LORD of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his justice,
and all peoples see his glory.
R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
Because you, O LORD, are the Most High over all the earth,
exalted far above all gods.
R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.

Second Reading
2 Pt 1:16-19

Beloved:
We did not follow cleverly devised myths
when we made known to you
the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty.
For he received honor and glory from God the Father
when that unique declaration came to him from the majestic glory,
“This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”
We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven
while we were with him on the holy mountain.
Moreover, we possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable.
You will do well to be attentive to it,
as to a lamp shining in a dark place,
until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

Gospel
Lk 9:28B-36
Jesus took Peter, John, and James
and went up a mountain to pray.
While he was praying his face changed in appearance
and his clothing became dazzling white.
And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah,
who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus
that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.
Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep,
but becoming fully awake,
they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.
As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus,
“Master, it is good that we are here;
let us make three tents,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
But he did not know what he was saying.
While he was still speaking,
a cloud came and cast a shadow over them,
and they became frightened when they entered the cloud.
Then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”
After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone.
They fell silent and did not at that time
tell anyone what they had seen.

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August 5

REFLECTION 

“While He was praying, His face was changed in appearance and His clothing became dazzling white.(Luke 9:29)

I had a friend who was so addicted with vices, to the point that it was destroying his work, career, family and relationships. I also know a friend who was battered by his father verbally and physically and grew up thinking that all the negativities told to him by his father were true. Lastly, I also have a friend who had cancer and underwent chemotherapy at a young age and she wasn’t able to stand.

They were in different stages in their life – one in addiction, the other one is with his family, and the last one was with her health. Different trials it may be, but all of them took the same path, and that is to our God.

The first one met the Lord through the Life in the Spirit Seminar in their community and has left his vices and is now serving the Lord through his talents. The second one met the Lord when he was in the seminary and is now giving talks and retreats and using his story to bless people. Lastly, the third one met the Lord through a prayer meeting and now she’s able, not just to stand, but to walk, run, jump and stand.

Why am I sharing you this? It is because you can’t help but to change when you come face to face with your God. I, myself changed my ways when I met the Lord through the Life in the Spirit Seminar. I became better than before. There is nothing in your life that He cannot revive.

If you have problems with your health, finance, family, relationship, or school, just go to Him and He will change your situations in life. Seek Him and be transformed. – Adrian Oliver M. Silan (aosilan@yahoo.com)

 

PRAYER

Father, I pray that I may come to know who You are in my life. I know that You have a divine plan for me so I come to You now. I’m letting go of anything that is hindering me in receiving Your love. Bless me today in Jesus’ name. Amen!

 

Reflection Question

What bondages will you let go to be able to receive is love more and be transformed?

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Adrian Silan, Little Whispers

Strike The Water

First Reading
Acts 19:1-8

While Apollos was in Corinth,
Paul traveled through the interior of the country
and down to Ephesus where he found some disciples.
He said to them,
“Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?”
They answered him,
“We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
He said, “How were you baptized?”
They replied, “With the baptism of John.”
Paul then said, “John baptized with a baptism of repentance,
telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him,
that is, in Jesus.”
When they heard this,
they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
And when Paul laid his hands on them,
the Holy Spirit came upon them,
and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
Altogether there were about twelve men.

He entered the synagogue, and for three months debated boldly
with persuasive arguments about the Kingdom of God.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 68:2-3AB, 4-5ACD, 6-7AB
R. (33a) Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
or:
R. Alleluia.

God arises; his enemies are scattered,
and those who hate him flee before him.
As smoke is driven away, so are they driven;
as wax melts before the fire.
R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
or:
R. Alleluia.

But the just rejoice and exult before God;
they are glad and rejoice.
Sing to God, chant praise to his name;
whose name is the LORD.
R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
or:
R. Alleluia.

The father of orphans and the defender of widows
is God in his holy dwelling.
God gives a home to the forsaken;
he leads forth prisoners to prosperity.
R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Gospel
Jn 16:29-33

The disciples said to Jesus,
“Now you are talking plainly, and not in any figure of speech.
Now we realize that you know everything
and that you do not need to have anyone question you.
Because of this we believe that you came from God.”
Jesus answered them, “Do you believe now?
Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived
when each of you will be scattered to his own home
and you will leave me alone.
But I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
I have told you this so that you might have peace in me.
In the world you will have trouble,
but take courage, I have conquered the world.”

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REFLECTION

“In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” – John 16:33

In my last terms in college, we were asked, as a group, to design a biometric technology (a technology to identify humans by their characteristics or traits). It was a time full of sleepless nights while making the projects. But after that, we weren’t able to pass but got an incomplete grade. I was relieved at first but after some time, my group mates wasn’t focusing anymore o our project but on their other subjects since they were still. Until one day, I was left alone finishing it.

During those days, my faith was tested. I was looking for people who could help me to the point that I was in Antipolo asking for help (I’m living in Makati). I was flooded with doubt, anger, fear and frustration that the water was above my head. In my mind, I was telling God that all my life was to serve and praise Him. And now, I’m in a situation that is impossible to overcome and it feels like I’m drowning. My faith was too deep from the surface and I couldn’t feel His presence but God used my dad as His instrument.

When my dad and I was on our way home, he could see my face full of sorrow and he told me, “Okay lang yan. May plano and Diyos.” It was a sentence that echoed in my mind up until now. It dawned on me that this guy, my dad, who has sacrificed his whole life in giving me the best education. And he is telling me that it’s okay because God has a plan. And at that moment, I told to myself, I want to have that kind of faith like him. And it was the moment that gave me courage and the trust that God has a plan. I gave my all in the project; full of hope, faith, and love until I was able to pass and to graduate on that term.

In life there are oceans problems, maybe in school, in our family, in our relationship, and in health. But God is telling us, not to fear, but take to take courage and strike the water. After that time, my faith in Him grew bigger and stronger. I know that there will be more challenging situations, bigger waves and deeper floods, but with God, he will part the raging sea and make a solid path to His glorious plan. In life, we cannot win our battles with our own strength but with His, whose victory is already determined. So take courage, trust God’s plan and strike the water, and His path for you will be shown. – Adrian Oliver M. Silan (aosilan@yahoo.com)

PRAYER

Father, I ask that You’ll give me the courage when waves of problem are consuming me. Give me the strength to overcome this situation in my life. I give my all to You and I trust You with all my heart.

REFLECTION QUESTION

When was the time that I was drowning in my problems? What did God do to lift me up in that situation?

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Adrian Silan, Little Whispers

Ability To Love

First Reading
Acts 14:21-27

After Paul and Barnabas had proclaimed the good news
to that city
and made a considerable number of disciples,
they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch.
They strengthened the spirits of the disciples
and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying,
“It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships
to enter the kingdom of God.”
They appointed elders for them in each church and,
with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lord
in whom they had put their faith.
Then they traveled through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia.
After proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia.
From there they sailed to Antioch,
where they had been commended to the grace of God
for the work they had now accomplished.
And when they arrived, they called the church together
and reported what God had done with them
and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13
R. (cf. 1) I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

The LORD is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and of great kindness.
The LORD is good to all
and compassionate toward all his works.
R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might.
R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.
Let them make known your might to the children of Adam,
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is a kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

Second Reading
Rev 21:1-5A

Then I, John, saw a new heaven and a new earth.
The former heaven and the former earth had passed away,
and the sea was no more.
I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem,
coming down out of heaven from God,
prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
“Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race.
He will dwell with them and they will be his people
and God himself will always be with them as their God.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes,
and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain,
for the old order has passed away.”

The One who sat on the throne said,
“Behold, I make all things new.”

Gospel
Jn 13:31-33A, 34-35

When Judas had left them, Jesus said,
“Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
If God is glorified in him,
God will also glorify him in himself,
and God will glorify him at once.
My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.
I give you a new commandment: love one another.
As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.
This is how all will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another.”

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REFLECTION

“I give you a new commandment: love one another; you must love one another just as I have loved you. It is by your love for one another, that everyone will recognize you as my disciples.” – John 13:34-35

There’s a story of a Father and his Son.

One day when the child was born, his umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck, leaving him brain-damaged and unable to control his limbs. The doctors told the parents that he would be a vegetable for the rest of his life. They were suggesting putting him in an institute but the father didn’t believe them. Then one day, the child was given a machine so that he could communicate to them. The father showed great love to his son, raising him up like any other child.

Then one day the child saw a charity run for a paralyzed teenager and asked his father if they could join the race. The father agreed and ran, pushing his son in a wheelchair, for 5 miles. After the race, his son told him that while they were on the race, it felt that his disabilities disappeared. That sentence changed the father’s life. From then on, they competed for hundreds of marathons together, while pushing his son on a wheelchair. The father and son’s names are Dick and Rick Hoyt better known as Team Hoyt.

Friends, there are people in our lives that have his or her own disabilities. It may not by physically, but maybe spiritually, emotionally, or financially. They continue to lie to you, disrespect you, and show hatred to you time and time again. But even with their disabilities, God is telling us to love them and forgive them continuously. Why? Because I believe that some day, those disabilities will disappear with love.

I too am disabled in some parts of my life but God continues to bless me, love me, forgive me and reminds me to show the same love to others. In the poem of David Bowen he said, “Be the world’s lover though they be your hater. Sacrifice your body, not just your behavior. Show love in your flesh, not just your bible’s paper.” Let us be more Christ-like in love to others that is hard to love. And I believe, those disability will change to His ability. Let us show the ability to love. – Adrian Oliver M. Silan (aosilan@yahoo.com)

PRAYER
Father, give me the strength to love more, forgive more, and to bless more people. May I be your instrument in reflecting your love to others. This I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

REFLECTION QUESTION
In what way can I be loving to the people that is hard to love?

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Adrian Silan, Little Whispers

Disgrace to His Grace

First Reading
Is 50:4-9A

The Lord GOD has given me
a well-trained tongue,
That I might know how to speak to the weary
a word that will rouse them.
Morning after morning
he opens my ear that I may hear;
And I have not rebelled,
have not turned back.
I gave my back to those who beat me,
my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;
My face I did not shield
from buffets and spitting.

The Lord GOD is my help,
therefore I am not disgraced;
I have set my face like flint,
knowing that I shall not be put to shame.
He is near who upholds my right;
if anyone wishes to oppose me,
let us appear together.
Who disputes my right?
Let him confront me.
See, the Lord GOD is my help;
who will prove me wrong?

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 69:8-10, 21-22, 31 AND 33-34

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 sons,
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.
Insult has broken my heart, and I am weak,
I looked for sympathy, but there was none;
for consolers, not one could I find.
Rather they put gall in my food,
and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
I will praise the name of God in song,
and I will glorify him with thanksgiving:
“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.”
R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.

Gospel
Mt 26:14-25

One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot,
went to the chief priests and said,
“What are you willing to give me
if I hand him over to you?”
They paid him thirty pieces of silver,
and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.

On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread,
the disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Where do you want us to prepare
for you to eat the Passover?”
He said,
“Go into the city to a certain man and tell him,
‘The teacher says, AMy appointed time draws near;
in your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples.”‘“
The disciples then did as Jesus had ordered,
and prepared the Passover.

When it was evening,
he reclined at table with the Twelve.
And while they were eating, he said,
“Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”
Deeply distressed at this,
they began to say to him one after another,
“Surely it is not I, Lord?”
He said in reply,
“He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me
is the one who will betray me.
The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him,
but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed.
It would be better for that man if he had never been born.”
Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply,
“Surely it is not I, Rabbi?”
He answered, “You have said so.”
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REFLECTION

“For the Lord God helps Me, therefore, I am not disgraced” – Matthew 20:28

Once, there was a man who has a loving wife and children. He has a strong faith in God and he delivers God’s word to other people. It seems his life was perfect, but it wasn’t.

One day he was sitting at his living room, like an ice covered statue, thinking about his marriage. Doubts and fears came to his mind. He was thinking of leaving his marriage. His wife knew something was wrong but she didn’t know how deep he was falling. Disgrace had settled in him. He was prepared to say that he no longer loved her, that he was ready for child support and eventually start a new life with someone else. He was prepared to turn his back on his faith and accept condemnations from people. He was prepared for everything that day—everything, except grace.

The one day, when he was at the edge of giving up, his wife cast all her pride and dignity aside, fell on her knees and wrapped her arms around his legs. While she was crying in desperation, she said, “I love you and I will not let you go.” She didn’t know then what he was thinking but that single grip of grace from God ignited his soul. And at that moment, he stayed and continued to live with his family.

Friend, disgrace comes to our lives promising greater things around the corner; but as you go, another corner appears and another and another, until you are lost. But God’s grace is a straight path towards greener pastures. God is like the wife in the story. That no matter how much you have sinned, fallen short in His glory, doubted his love, He will speak to you these same words, “I love you and I will not let you go.” There is nothing you can do to make Him love you less. He is a loving God, with unlimited grace for our lives. He will turn your disgrace into His grace. – Adrian Oliver M. Silan (aosilan@yahoo.com)

PRAYER
Father, may You shower me with Your blessings. Deliver me from my disgrace to Your grace. Give me the strength to overcome any obstacles in my life so that I could share Your grace to others, knowing I will be a vessel of Your unlimited love for Your people. I claim this in Jesus’ name. Amen

REFLECTION QUESTION
What did God do to change your disgrace to grace?

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Adrian Silan, Little Whispers

100% Rule

First Reading
Jer 8: 18-20

The people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem said,
“Come, let us contrive a plot against Jeremiah.
It will not mean the loss of instruction from the priests,
nor of counsel from the wise, nor of messages from the prophets.
And so, let us destroy him by his own tongue;
let us carefully note his every word.”

Heed me, O LORD,
and listen to what my adversaries say.
Must good be repaid with evil
that they should dig a pit to take my life?
Remember that I stood before you
to speak in their behalf,
to turn away your wrath from them.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 31: 5-6, 14-16

R. Save me, O Lord, in your kindness.
You will free me from the snare they set for me,
for you are my refuge.
Into your hands I commend my spirit;
you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God.
R. Save me, O Lord, in your kindness.
I hear the whispers of the crowd, that frighten me from every side,
as they consult together against me, plotting to take my life.
R. Save me, O Lord, in your kindness.
But my trust is in you, O LORD;
I say, “You are my God.”
In your hands is my destiny; rescue me
from the clutches of my enemies and my persecutors.
R. Save me, O Lord, in your kindness.

Gospel
Mt 20: 17-28

As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem,
he took the Twelve disciples aside by themselves,
and said to them on the way,
“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem,
and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests
and the scribes,
and they will condemn him to death,
and hand him over to the Gentiles
to be mocked and scourged and crucified,
and he will be raised on the third day.”

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons
and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something.
He said to her, “What do you wish?”
She answered him,
“Command that these two sons of mine sit,
one at your right and the other at your left, in your kingdom.”
Jesus said in reply,
“You do not know what you are asking.
Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?”
They said to him, “We can.”
He replied,
“My chalice you will indeed drink,
but to sit at my right and at my left,
this is not mine to give
but is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”
When the ten heard this,
they became indignant at the two brothers.
But Jesus summoned them and said,
“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them,
and the great ones make their authority over them felt.
But it shall not be so among you.
Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.
Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve
and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

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REFLECTION

“ …just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve” (Matthew 20:28)

“ADRIAN! BITAWAN MO ‘YAN!”
“BAKIT ANG KULIT MO?! SABING BAWAL!”
“AY NAKO ADRIAN, SABING I-DELEGATE MO ‘YAN EH!”

These were the words I often heard every time I carried heavy equipment.

In the Bukas-Loob sa Diyos (BLD) Community, I was one of youth leaders and also the one who handled the sound system equipment used for our prayer meetings each week. I would setup our sound system and pack it up after. But at that time, I already knew that I have Scoliosis and should not carry heavy stuff because these will strain my back.

But even though they would stop me, I still continued to do it. I don’t have the gift to play music, the ability to give creative ideas for our activities, nor the gift to counsel someone. What I can do is carry the equipment and to set it up as best as it can because I know it’s not for me, but for the Lord.

Through my service, God has truly blessed my academics, family and love life. Service is not only in our church or community, but it is also in our relationships, school and work. You may grow weary when you give your 100%, but if it’s for the Lord, no sickness, pain, trials would matter because the Lord will also give you the best blessings for your life in His perfect time. Always give your best to the Lord, and he will do the rest. Give your 100%. – Adrian Oliver M. Silan (aosilan@yahoo.com)

PRAYER
Father, may you continue to give me the heart of service for You. Give me the strength to overcome my trials so that I could serve You better and give my 100%. Bless me today, in Jesus’ name. Amen!

REFLECTION QUESTION
In what way can you give your 100% to the Lord?

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Adrian Silan, Little Whispers

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FIRST READING
Wis 18:14-16; 19:6-9
When peaceful stillness compassed everything
and the night in its swift course was half spent,
Your all-powerful word, from heaven’s royal throne
bounded, a fierce warrior, into the doomed land,
bearing the sharp sword of your inexorable decree.
And as he alighted, he filled every place with death;
he still reached to heaven, while he stood upon the earth.

For all creation, in its several kinds, was being made over anew,
serving its natural laws,
that your children might be preserved unharmed.
The cloud overshadowed their camp;
and out of what had before been water, dry land was seen emerging:
Out of the Red Sea an unimpeded road,
and a grassy plain out of the mighty flood.
Over this crossed the whole nation sheltered by your hand,
after they beheld stupendous wonders.
For they ranged about like horses,
and bounded about like lambs,
praising you, O Lord! their deliverer.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 105:2-3, 36-37, 42-43
R. (5a) Remember the marvels the Lord has done!

Sing to him, sing his praise,
proclaim all his wondrous deeds.
Glory in his holy name;
rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!
R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done!
Then he struck every first born throughout their land,
the first fruits of all their manhood.
And he led them forth laden with silver and gold,
with not a weakling among their tribes.
R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done!
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. Remember the marvels the Lord has done!

Gospel
Lk 18:1-8

Jesus told his disciples a parable
about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.
He said, “There was a judge in a certain town
who neither feared God nor respected any human being.
And a widow in that town used to come to him and say,
“Render a just decision for me against my adversary.”
For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought,
“While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being,
because this widow keeps bothering me
I shall deliver a just decision for her
lest she finally come and strike me.””
The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.
Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones
who call out to him day and night?
Will he be slow to answer them?
I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.
But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
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REFLECTION
“I tell you, He will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.” –Luke 18:8
 
I have something to tell you, I’m an addict……a big MOVIE addict! When I know that it would be a blockbuster movie, I’ll definitely watch it and if I can’t watch it in the cinema, I’ll find a way!

​The movie may be a drama, comedy, fiction, action, but I never want to watch a horror movie in the cinema. Nagbayad ka na nga sa sinehan, tatakutin ka pa! But you know what, in all the movies that I’ve watched, most have the same scenes. Alam ko napapansin nyo yun and it happens most of the time in Pinoy movies. The police arrives when the action is over or when the protagonist defeats the antagonist. When this kind of scene happens in Hollywood movies, I always say to myself, “Ahh.. Pinoy ata direktor nito.”  But you know what I observed recently, it is not that the police arrives late, it’s just that the hero arrives early. Even before the police know where the enemy’s base was, the hero is already there, doing everything he can to rescue the world! And when the hero wins, and the police arrives, we could see and say, “Ahh! Tapos na toh. Panalo na ang bida..”

​In our life, every day we seek justice. We see thieves get rich and saints get shot. But for me, God is like the hero in those movies. When we need to see justice happen in our lives, God is already working on it. He is already there, doing His best to rescue us from our troubles. He is already there, helping us to overcome the trials that we’re facing so when the right time arrives, like the police in the movies, we could rest assure that we’ve truly overcome it and we could say, Ahh! Galing talaga ni Lord. Salamat..
​Let us remember that God is the God of just and His promises are sure. Let us be patient for God’s perfect time. And when it arrives, let us be ready to feel God’s glory and victory in our lives. –Adrian Silan. YLSS#24

PRAYER
Lord God, You are our strength. You are the only one we can cling on when no one is around. You are the one who answers our call. May Your justice reign in our lives. Rescue us Father from this trials that we are facing and trials that is to come. Be lifted high in our lives, world and love, O God. All this we pray and ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.