Bea Rondario, Little Whispers

God’s Front Liner

First Reading
1 Peter 5:5B-14
Beloved:
Clothe yourselves with humility
in your dealings with one another, for:

God opposes the proud
but bestows favor on the humble.

So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,
that he may exalt you in due time.
Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.

Be sober and vigilant.
Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion
looking for someone to devour.
Resist him, steadfast in faith,
knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the world
undergo the same sufferings.
The God of all grace
who called you to his eternal glory through Christ Jesus
will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you
after you have suffered a little.
To him be dominion forever.  Amen.

I write you this briefly through Silvanus,
whom I consider a faithful brother,
exhorting you and testifying that this is the true grace of God.
Remain firm in it.
The chosen one at Babylon sends you greeting, as does Mark, my son.
Greet one another with a loving kiss.
Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17
R.    (2)  For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
The favors of the LORD I will sing forever;
through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.
For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”;
in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.
R.    For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
The heavens proclaim your wonders, O LORD,
and your faithfulness, in the assembly of the holy ones.
For who in the skies can rank with the LORD?
Who is like the LORD among the sons of God?
R.    For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Blessed the people who know the joyful shout;
in the light of your countenance, O LORD, they walk.
At your name they rejoice all the day,
and through your justice they are exalted.
R.    For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.

Gospel
Mark 16:15-20
Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them:
“Go into the whole world
and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved;
whoever does not believe will be condemned.
These signs will accompany those who believe:
in my name they will drive out demons,
they will speak new languages.
They will pick up serpents with their hands,
and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them.
They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them,
was taken up into heaven
and took his seat at the right hand of God.
But they went forth and preached everywhere,
while the Lord worked with them
and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.


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“Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)

REFLECTION
I can’t help but feel pressured by everything that has been happening in the world today. I always find myself self-pitying when I think about our situation, because I feel useless during this time; a lot of people are suffering and I can’t even do anything about it. I am ashamed of how I feel, because who am I to feel this way when other people are having it way worse than I am? These are the thoughts that are in my head whenever I am idle, and so I try to keep myself busy with work, or worse, I ignore my feelings and focus on other things.

For the past weeks, I have been dodging news about the pandemic, not because I don’t care but because I had accepted that I really can’t do anything about the situation, so I just let things happen and thought that the best I can do now is wait for things to get back to normal.

The first reading reminded me that I have to be alert, because these thoughts are not of God. The goal of the enemy is to weaken my trust and faith in God and it was happening. Today, I am reminded to stand firm in my faith and trust in His salvation. I am also reminded that many in the world today, may be feeling the same way and they continue to do so because they have not yet heard of the Word of God.

This is where I realized that God has actually given me the best power during these times – the power to share His Word to others. In the gospel, Jesus ordered the disciples to proclaim His Word to the world. While reading this, I was reminded that God does have a mission for me, a purpose, which is something I can do now. A lot of people may still not know Jesus and His promise, and may still be feeling like I did, but today I was reminded with God’s mission for me; to be His front liner and to share His good news.

Reflection Song

Midnight by Rita Springer

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Bea Rondario, Little Whispers

People Pleaser

First Reading
ROM 4:1-8

Brothers and sisters:
What can we say that Abraham found,
our ancestor according to the flesh?
Indeed, if Abraham was justified on the basis of his works,
he has reason to boast;
but this was not so in the sight of God.
For what does the Scripture say?
Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.
A worker’s wage is credited not as a gift, but as something due.
But when one does not work,
yet believes in the one who justifies the ungodly,
his faith is credited as righteousness.
So also David declares the blessedness of the person
to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven
and whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not record.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 32:1B-2, 5, 11
R. (see 7) I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.

Blessed is he whose fault is taken away,
whose sin is covered.
Blessed the man to whom the LORD imputes not guilt,
in whose spirit there is no guile.
R. I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.
Then I acknowledged my sin to you,
my guilt I covered not.
I said, “I confess my faults to the LORD,”
and you took away the guilt of my sin.
R. I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.
Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you just;
exult, all you upright of heart.
R. I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.

Gospel
LK 12:1-7

At that time:
So many people were crowding together
that they were trampling one another underfoot.
Jesus began to speak, first to his disciples,
“Beware of the leaven–that is, the hypocrisy–of the Pharisees.

“There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed,
nor secret that will not be known.
Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness
will be heard in the light,
and what you have whispered behind closed doors
will be proclaimed on the housetops.
I tell you, my friends,
do not be afraid of those who kill the body
but after that can do no more.
I shall show you whom to fear.
Be afraid of the one who after killing
has the power to cast into Gehenna;
yes, I tell you, be afraid of that one.
Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins?
Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God.
Even the hairs of your head have all been counted.
Do not be afraid.
You are worth more than many sparrows.”


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“Don’t be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:7)

REFLECTION
I am the kind of person who has always questioned her worth.

You see, I’m a people pleaser. And I get sad whenever someone’s disappointed with me, because while I’m a very cheerful person, I have a lot of insecurities. I would secretly compete with my siblings for my parents’ attention and love. I would constantly ask my mom who her favorite child is and would do everything in my power for her to say it’s me.

When I was in college, I made a really big mistake. I hurt my mom’s feelings and she stopped trusting me. And being the people pleaser that I am, I did my best to gain her trust back. Unfortunately, it was just too hard to do, and I only felt sadder and sadder until I began to feel worthless. When I started to accept that maybe I wasn’t worthy of her trust, every aspect of my life was affected. I was afraid to do things and accept responsibilities because I was too afraid to fail. I was paralyzed because I believed in my lack of worth so much. And so I missed a lot of great opportunities just because of the way I viewed myself. That was when I started to pray. I realized that I was praying for the wrong things all along. I was praying for other people’s acceptance when I should have been praying for self-acceptance. I was too caught up with the thought of people thinking that I was worthless that I forgot what I was to God. To God, I am worth everything.

My friend, if you ever feel unloved as if you are worth nothing, just think of God’s love for us. His great love alone can fill all the pain, sadness, lack of forgiveness, and unworthiness that we feel. You just have to learn how to trust Him and accept His love.

Prayer
Lord, thank you for loving me unconditionally. I pray that You may help me accept Your love everyday, and give me such strength to love like You. Amen.

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Supermom

First Reading
MI 5:1-4A

The LORD says:
You, Bethlehem-Ephrathah,
too small to be among the clans of Judah,
From you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel;
Whose origin is from of old,
from ancient times.
(Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the time
when she who is to give birth has borne,
And the rest of his brethren shall return
to the children of Israel.)
He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock
by the strength of the LORD,
in the majestic name of the LORD, his God;
And they shall remain, for now his greatness
shall reach to the ends of the earth;
he shall be peace.

Or
ROM 8:28-30

Brothers and sisters:
We know that all things work for good for those who love God,
who are called according to his purpose.
For those he foreknew he also predestined
to be conformed to the image of his Son,
so that he might be the firstborn
among many brothers.
And those he predestined he also called;
and those he called he also justified;
and those he justified he also glorified.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 13:6AB, 6C
R. (Isaiah 61:10) With delight I rejoice in the Lord.

Though I trusted in your mercy,
let my heart rejoice in your salvation.
R. With delight I rejoice in the Lord.
Let me sing of the LORD, “He has been good to me.”
R. With delight I rejoice in the Lord.

Gospel
MT 1:1-16, 18-23

The Book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ,
the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Abraham became the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.
Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah,
whose mother was Tamar.
Perez became the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
Ram the father of Amminadab.
Amminadab became the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Salmon the father of Boaz,
whose mother was Rahab.
Boaz became the father of Obed,
whose mother was Ruth.
Obed became the father of Jesse,
Jesse the father of David the king.

David became the father of Solomon,
whose mother had been the wife of Uriah.
Solomon became the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asaph.
Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Joram,
Joram the father of Uzziah.
Uzziah became the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah.
Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amos,
Amos the father of Josiah.
Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers
at the time of the Babylonian exile.

After the Babylonian exile,
Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel the father of Abiud.
Abiud became the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
Azor the father of Zadok.
Zadok became the father of Achim,
Achim the father of Eliud,
Eliud the father of Eleazar.
Eleazar became the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.

Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill
what the Lord had said through the prophet:

Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,

which means “God is with us.”

Or
MT 1:18-23

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill
what the Lord had said through the prophet:

Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,

which means “God is with us.”


 

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“Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” (Matthew 1: 23)

REFLECTION
“Mama, I love you” – Spice Girls (1996)

Mommy, Mom, Inay, Nanay, Mama, Mother.. If there is one person we want to thank today it’s them.

My mom and I don’t agree on a lot of things, in fact I see my mom as somewhat a know it all. She knows when I am sad, she knows when I am happy, she knows when I’m in pain, she knows what I like and what I don’t like and most of all she knows when I am hiding something. She knows everything about me even if I don’t tell her. So when they say that we are all connected to our mothers, I believe it. When I am happy, my mom is happy, when I’m sad, she is sad and when I’m in pain she feels it.

When I was still 3 years old, my mom had to leave and work abroad, I honestly do not remember how long she was away, until one day when I came home from school someone hugged me and said she was my mother. All I can remember was removing her hug saying, “You’re not my mom, she’s my mom,” with me pointing at my aunt.

I can’t imagine the pain that she felt when I said those words. My mom had to sacrifice a lot for our family; she had to work away from us just to provide for us. And for that I am thankful and that is why I love my mom. I believe that all mothers go through different cavalries, enduring everything to make sure that we live a comfortable life. We may feel otherwise but sure enough, they have sacrificed so much.

And I believe that the perfect example for this is Mama Mary. She bore a child out of wedlock, knowing that other people will judge her. She gave birth to her son knowing her son’s inevitable fate, she had to watch her son, tortured and crucified, all this while holding on to her strong faith in God. I think all our mothers go through the same situation as Mama Mary even if we don’t know it. So let’s take this time to tell our moms how thankful we are and how much we love them.

Prayer
Mama Mary we thank you for bearing the cross before it was even made. I pray that I may see you in my own mother. Happy birthday, I love you. Amen.

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Dream Come True

First Reading
JGS 11:29-39A

The Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah.
He passed through Gilead and Manasseh,
and through Mizpah-Gilead as well,
and from there he went on to the Ammonites.
Jephthah made a vow to the LORD.
“If you deliver the Ammonites into my power,” he said,
“whoever comes out of the doors of my house
to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites
shall belong to the LORD.
I shall offer him up as a burnt offering.”

Jephthah then went on to the Ammonites to fight against them,
and the LORD delivered them into his power,
so that he inflicted a severe defeat on them,
from Aroer to the approach of Minnith (twenty cities in all)
and as far as Abel-keramim.
Thus were the Ammonites brought into subjection
by the children of Israel.
When Jephthah returned to his house in Mizpah,
it was his daughter who came forth,
playing the tambourines and dancing.
She was an only child: he had neither son nor daughter besides her.
When he saw her, he rent his garments and said,
“Alas, daughter, you have struck me down
and brought calamity upon me.
For I have made a vow to the LORD and I cannot retract.”
She replied, “Father, you have made a vow to the LORD.
Do with me as you have vowed,
because the LORD has wrought vengeance for you
on your enemies the Ammonites.”
Then she said to her father, “Let me have this favor.
Spare me for two months, that I may go off down the mountains
to mourn my virginity with my companions.”
“Go,” he replied, and sent her away for two months.
So she departed with her companions
and mourned her virginity on the mountains.
At the end of the two months she returned to her father,
who did to her as he had vowed.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 40:5, 7-8A, 8B-9, 10
R. (8a and 9a) Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.

Blessed the man who makes the LORD his trust;
who turns not to idolatry
or to those who stray after falsehood.
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
Sacrifice or oblation you wished not,
but ears open to obedience you gave me.
Burnt offerings or sin-offerings you sought not;
then said I, “Behold I come.”
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
“In the written scroll it is prescribed for me.
To do your will, O my God, is my delight,
and your law is within my heart!”
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
I announced your justice in the vast assembly;
I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know.
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.

Gospel
MT 22:1-14

Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and the elders of the people in parables
saying, “The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who gave a wedding feast for his son.
He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast,
but they refused to come.
A second time he sent other servants, saying,
‘Tell those invited: “Behold, I have prepared my banquet,
my calves and fattened cattle are killed,
and everything is ready; come to the feast.”’
Some ignored the invitation and went away,
one to his farm, another to his business.
The rest laid hold of his servants,
mistreated them, and killed them.
The king was enraged and sent his troops,
destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.
Then the king said to his servants, ‘The feast is ready,
but those who were invited were not worthy to come.
Go out, therefore, into the main roads
and invite to the feast whomever you find.’
The servants went out into the streets
and gathered all they found, bad and good alike,
and the hall was filled with guests.
But when the king came in to meet the guests
he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment.
He said to him, ‘My friend, how is it
that you came in here without a wedding garment?’
But he was reduced to silence.
Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Bind his hands and feet,
and cast him into the darkness outside,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’
Many are invited, but few are chosen.”


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“For many are invited but not all are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14)

REFLECTION
Have you ever imagined yourself pulling off a Cady Heron (Mean Girls) in front of your whole school? Or envision yourself as the Queen/King of your prom? We all have had these kinds of fantasies, being acknowledged and appreciated in front of the crowd. Believe it or not, this has been my dream for the longest time- and it’s about to come true.

Recently, I received a message from my former college; it was an invitation for me and my partner to go to an event where they would give us an award for having the best thesis in our class. You see, my partner and I have worked hard to accomplish our research paper; we went through a lot for it. We would go for days without sleeping just to meet our deadlines. We learned how commute to different places to conduct interviews. We sacrificed time with our friends and families for this paper. And at the end of the day it’s just a paper. Everyone else sacrificed like we did. Everyone else went through sleepless nights some even probably went through so much more than us. It’s not just us who worked hard for their papers and yet we were the ones chosen to receive an award. But what I saw in me and my partner was the determination to aim for this award. Having the best thesis was all that we prayed for. We made sure that everything we did was enough for us to reach our goals. But on the other hand someone else probably deserved this as much as we did, but maybe they lacked preparation.

I may not be able to break a crown like Cady or wear a sash as a Prom Queen, but this is so much better than any other fantasy that I have ever dreamed for, hoped for, and prayed for. This proves that if you pray hard and work hard enough for something that you want, you will get it. God always gives us what’s best for us, because we are the chosen people who accepted His invitation.

Prayer
Lord, help me to accept the things that are difficult to accept. Help me to be patient in waiting for your perfect plan for me. Amen.

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Eat All You Can

First Reading
Acts 5:34-42

A Pharisee in the Sanhedrin named Gamaliel,
a teacher of the law, respected by all the people,
stood up, ordered the Apostles to be put outside for a short time,
and said to the Sanhedrin, “Fellow children of Israel,
be careful what you are about to do to these men.
Some time ago, Theudas appeared, claiming to be someone important,
and about four hundred men joined him, but he was killed,
and all those who were loyal to him
were disbanded and came to nothing.
After him came Judas the Galilean at the time of the census.
He also drew people after him,
but he too perished and all who were loyal to him were scattered.
So now I tell you,
have nothing to do with these men, and let them go.
For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin,
it will destroy itself.
But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them;
you may even find yourselves fighting against God.”
They were persuaded by him.
After recalling the Apostles, they had them flogged,
ordered them to stop speaking in the name of Jesus,
and dismissed them.
So they left the presence of the Sanhedrin,
rejoicing that they had been found worthy
to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.
And all day long, both at the temple and in their homes,
they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the Christ, Jesus.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
R. (see 4abc) One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life’s refuge;
of whom should I be afraid?
R. One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

One thing I ask of the LORD
this I seek:
To dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
That I may gaze on the loveliness of the LORD
and contemplate his temple.
R. One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD with courage;
be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.
R. One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Gospel
John 6:1-15

Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee.
A large crowd followed him,
because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick.
Jesus went up on the mountain,
and there he sat down with his disciples.
The Jewish feast of Passover was near.
When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him,
he said to Philip, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?”
He said this to test him,
because he himself knew what he was going to do.
Philip answered him,
“Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough
for each of them to have a little.”
One of his disciples,
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him,
“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish;
but what good are these for so many?”
Jesus said, “Have the people recline.”
Now there was a great deal of grass in that place.
So the men reclined, about five thousand in number.
Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks,
and distributed them to those who were reclining,
and also as much of the fish as they wanted.
When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples,
“Gather the fragments left over,
so that nothing will be wasted.”
So they collected them,
and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments
from the five barley loaves that had been more than they could eat.
When the people saw the sign he had done, they said,
“This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.”
Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off
to make him king,
he withdrew again to the mountain alone.


 

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“When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, he said to Philip, ‘Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?'” (John 6:5)

REFLECTION

Recall a time in your life where you were really hungry, but you had no money to buy food.

Just a few days ago my friends decided to have dinner after watching a concert, the money I had with me was just exact for my fare going home. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one in the group who didn’t have extra cash and so we decided that we wouldn’t eat with the rest of the group. We were 10 in the group and only 4 of us had extra money so they decided that the four of them would share the bill just so everyone could eat. Our problem was solved and everyone was full.

In the gospel today Jesus had to feed a large crowd all by himself. After he had done his miracle, everyone was satisfied and still had extra left. Just like my friends who shared what they had just so everyone would be able to eat. We can still see the miracle that Jesus did during that time in our own lives, when we share what we have to other people so that they too may receive the blessings we receive from God. – Bea Rondario (bea.rondario@gmail.com)

Prayer
Lord, thank you for showing me that I can be a miracle to others. Help me that I may be Jesus to everyone around me and that I may be a blessing to them. Amen

Reflection Question
Do people see Jesus in me? How can I be a blessing to others?

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God’s Favorite

First Reading
Jgs 9:6-15

All the citizens of Shechem and all Beth-millo came together
and proceeded to make Abimelech king
by the terebinth at the memorial pillar in Shechem.

When this was reported to him,
Jotham went to the top of Mount Gerizim and, standing there,
cried out to them in a loud voice:
“Hear me, citizens of Shechem, that God may then hear you!
Once the trees went to anoint a king over themselves.
So they said to the olive tree, ‘Reign over us.’
But the olive tree answered them, ‘Must I give up my rich oil,
whereby men and gods are honored,
and go to wave over the trees?’
Then the trees said to the fig tree, ‘Come; you reign over us!’
But the fig tree answered them,
‘Must I give up my sweetness and my good fruit,
and go to wave over the trees?’
Then the trees said to the vine, ‘Come you, and reign over us.’
But the vine answered them,
‘Must I give up my wine that cheers gods and men,
and go to wave over the trees?’
Then all the trees said to the buckthorn, ‘Come; you reign over us!’
But the buckthorn replied to the trees,
‘If you wish to anoint me king over you in good faith,
come and take refuge in my shadow.
Otherwise, let fire come from the buckthorn
and devour the cedars of Lebanon.’”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 21:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
R. (2a) Lord, in your strength the king is glad.

O LORD, in your strength the king is glad;
in your victory how greatly he rejoices!
You have granted him his heart’s desire;
you refused not the wish of his lips.
R. Lord, in your strength the king is glad.
For you welcomed him with goodly blessings,
you placed on his head a crown of pure gold.
He asked life of you: you gave him
length of days forever and ever.
R. Lord, in your strength the king is glad.
Great is his glory in your victory;
majesty and splendor you conferred upon him.
You made him a blessing forever,
you gladdened him with the joy of your face.
R. Lord, in your strength the king is glad.

Gospel
Mt 20:1-16

Jesus told his disciples this parable:
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a landowner
who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard.
After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage,
he sent them into his vineyard.
Going out about nine o’clock,
he saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
and he said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard,
and I will give you what is just.’
So they went off.
And he went out again around noon,
and around three o’clock, and did likewise.
Going out about five o’clock,
he found others standing around, and said to them,
‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’
They answered, ‘Because no one has hired us.’
He said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard.’
When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman,
‘Summon the laborers and give them their pay,
beginning with the last and ending with the first.’
When those who had started about five o’clock came,
each received the usual daily wage.
So when the first came, they thought that they would receive more,
but each of them also got the usual wage.
And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner, saying,
‘These last ones worked only one hour,
and you have made them equal to us,
who bore the day’s burden and the heat.’
He said to one of them in reply,
‘My friend, I am not cheating you.
Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?
Take what is yours and go.
What if I wish to give this last one the same as you?
Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money?
Are you envious because I am generous?’
Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
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“Take what is yours and go. What if I wish to give this last one the same as you” -Mt. 20:14

REFLECTION
“You are my favorite.” When I was young, I’d always see to it that my mom would tell me these words. Maybe hearing it from her would make me feel special. You see, I was a jealous kid especially when it came to my parents. My sister would be “daddy’s girl”, my brother would be “mama’s boy” and I would be left with “driver’s girl” or “yaya’s girl” and whenever they would tease me I would feel really sad.

One day I went up to my mom and asked her who her favorite was and quickly she said, “We as parents never have favorites, we love you all the same..” always followed by a hasty “but you are my favorite.” As I grew older I found out that she used the same line to all of us.

Parents have different ways of showing their love for their children, we should never question the affection they give us just as we should never question the love of God. Instead we should be thankful for everything that he has done for us.

We should always learn to accept what others are willing to give and be content with it. We should not be envious of other people. -Bea Rondario (rondariobea@yahoo.com)

Prayer
Lord, thank You for loving me unconditionally. Give me the strength to be loving and humble, today. Amen.

Reflection Question
How does God make you feel His love?

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