Angela Quinto, Little Whispers

I Choose You.

First Reading
1 Thessalonians 4:1-8

Brothers and sisters,
we earnestly ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that,
as you received from us
how you should conduct yourselves to please God–
and as you are conducting yourselves–
you do so even more.
For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.

This is the will of God, your holiness:
that you refrain from immorality,
that each of you know how to acquire a wife for himself
in holiness and honor, not in lustful passion
as do the Gentiles who do not know God;
not to take advantage of or exploit a brother or sister in this matter,
for the Lord is an avenger in all these things,
as we told you before and solemnly affirmed.
For God did not call us to impurity but to holiness.
Therefore, whoever disregards this,
disregards not a human being but God,
who also gives his Holy Spirit to you.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 97:1 AND 2B, 5-6, 10, 11-12
R.(12a) Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;
let the many isles be glad.
Justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne.
R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
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. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
The LORD loves those who hate evil;
he guards the lives of his faithful ones;
from the hand of the wicked he delivers them.
R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
Light dawns for the just;
and gladness, for the upright of heart.
Be glad in the LORD, you just,
and give thanks to his holy name.
R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

Gospel
Matthew 25:1-13

Jesus told his disciples this parable:
“The Kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins
who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
Five of them were foolish and five were wise.
The foolish ones, when taking their lamps,
brought no oil with them,
but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps.
Since the bridegroom was long delayed,
they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
At midnight, there was a cry,
‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps.
The foolish ones said to the wise,
‘Give us some of your oil,
for our lamps are going out.’
But the wise ones replied,
‘No, for there may not be enough for us and you.
Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.’
While they went off to buy it,
the bridegroom came
and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him.
Then the door was locked.
Afterwards the other virgins came and said,
‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’
But he said in reply,
‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’
Therefore, stay awake,
for you know neither the day nor the hour.”


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“For God did not call us to impurity but to holiness.” (1 Thessalonians 4:7)

REFLECTION
This is how my week is planned; on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I go to school for class. While my Tuesdays and Thursdays are spent on doing my homework, taking online classes and training for Ultimate Frisbee at night! On Saturdays, as I’ve promised God, I devote my time to attend BLD Youth prayer meetings. Sundays are for family, going to church, and now includes reviewing for college entrance tests.

These past few years, I’ve been trying my best to find balance in my life. Lately, I haven’t been following my usual schedule due to unavoidable circumstances. I haven’t been active in Youth and I spend less time with my family. When I’m faced with a decision to either serve in our church community or go to training and hang out with my friends, I’d choose the latter. I often find myself making impulsive and rash decisions, which turn out to be either mistakes or successes.

I’ve become very distant with God. I can’t even remember the last time I sat down in front of our altar and spoke to Him with my heart, or took time to appreciate His love and how much He has done for me. I tend to think twice about choosing my growth with God, as if He’s just a second option—a plan B. Indeed, I may have achieved so much in school, sports, and in my social life, but I feel like I’m failing in upholding my relationship with Him.

I know that I have to make a choice.

Every day we are faced with decisions to make—some simple, and some, difficult. Today’s passages serve as a reminder for me that whenever I’m making decisions, I can turn to God for help. Even though at times I ignore Him and choose my ego, at the end of the day I can always come back to Him. Nothing could compare to His love for us.

God will never hesitate in choosing us no matter how impure we are. Now, God asks you “Will you choose Me?”

Reflection Song

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