Celina Reyes, Little Whispers

Courage

First Reading
JER 31:7-9

Thus says the LORD:
Shout with joy for Jacob,
exult at the head of the nations;
proclaim your praise and say:
The LORD has delivered his people,
the remnant of Israel.
Behold, I will bring them back
from the land of the north;
I will gather them from the ends of the world,
with the blind and the lame in their midst,
the mothers and those with child;
they shall return as an immense throng.
They departed in tears,
but I will console them and guide them;
I will lead them to brooks of water,
on a level road, so that none shall stumble.
For I am a father to Israel,
Ephraim is my first-born.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
R. (3) The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.

When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
we were like men dreaming.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with rejoicing.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us;
we are glad indeed.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like the torrents in the southern desert.
Those that sow in tears
shall reap rejoicing.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Although they go forth weeping,
carrying the seed to be sown,
They shall come back rejoicing,
carrying their sheaves.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.

Second Reading
HEB 5:1-6

Brothers and sisters:
Every high priest is taken from among men
and made their representative before God,
to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.
He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring,
for he himself is beset by weakness
and so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himself
as well as for the people.
No one takes this honor upon himself
but only when called by God,
just as Aaron was.
In the same way,
it was not Christ who glorified himself in becoming high priest,
but rather the one who said to him:
You are my son:
this day I have begotten you;
just as he says in another place:
You are a priest forever
according to the order of Melchizedek.

Gospel
MK 10:46-52

As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd,
Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus,
sat by the roadside begging.
On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth,
he began to cry out and say,
“Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.”
And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent.
But he kept calling out all the more,
“Son of David, have pity on me.”
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called the blind man, saying to him,
“Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.”
He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.
Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?”
The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.”
Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.”
Immediately he received his sight
and followed him on the way.


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“…get up! Take courage! Jesus is calling you!” (Mark 10:49)

REFLECTION
When I was a little girl, my parents always reminded me to pray before I sleep. I would always remember a time when I doubted praying since I thought no one was listening to me. I doubted praying because I felt like I was talking to nobody. How could you speak to someone you couldn’t even see face to face?

I was 12 when my parents asked me to join the weekly Youth Prayer Meetings. I was then reminded of how God works through the prayers of His children. I saw how God worked in my life through the power of prayer. I learned that even though you can’t see Him physically, we know He is there in our hearts and minds. No matter how many people would try to test my faith in school or at work by asking me, “Why pray? Does it even work?”

Never have I stopped praying to God even if it means sacrificing my own time just to talk to Him for a few minutes.

Like the story of Bartimaeus, the poor man who shouted and proclaimed his faith on the side of the road even if people told him to be quiet, he just screamed louder, calling on Jesus. And I’m sure you know what happened next! We have a God who never leaves us nor forsakes us. He will never abandon us.  Look what he did to a blind man who was willing to throw away his cloak just to get closer to Jesus!

It’s okay to give up everything and anything if it means being one step closer to God. Get up! Take courage! Jesus is calling you!

Prayer
Father, I pray to You that I may hear your call today. Amen.

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Celina Reyes, Little Whispers

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First Reading

1 TM 3:1-13

Beloved, this saying is trustworthy:
whoever aspires to the office of bishop desires a noble task.
Therefore, a bishop must be irreproachable,
married only once, temperate, self-controlled,
decent, hospitable, able to teach,
not a drunkard, not aggressive, but gentle,
not contentious, not a lover of money.
He must manage his own household well,
keeping his children under control with perfect dignity;
for if a man does not know how to manage his own household,
how can he take care of the Church of God?
He should not be a recent convert,
so that he may not become conceited
and thus incur the Devil’s punishment.
He must also have a good reputation among outsiders,
so that he may not fall into disgrace, the Devil’s trap.

Similarly, deacons must be dignified, not deceitful,
not addicted to drink, not greedy for sordid gain,
holding fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
Moreover, they should be tested first;
then, if there is nothing against them,
let them serve as deacons.
Women, similarly, should be dignified, not slanderers,
but temperate and faithful in everything.
Deacons may be married only once
and must manage their children and their households well.
Thus those who serve well as deacons gain good standing
and much confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus.

Responsorial Psalm

PS 101:1B-2AB, 2CD-3AB, 5, 6

R. (2) I will walk with blameless heart.
Of mercy and judgment I will sing;
to you, O LORD, I will sing praise.
I will persevere in the way of integrity;
when will you come to me?
R. I will walk with blameless heart.
I will walk with blameless heart,
within my house;
I will not set before my eyes
any base thing.
R. I will walk with blameless heart.
Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret,
him will I destroy.
The man of haughty eyes and puffed up heart
I will not endure.
R. I will walk with blameless heart.
My eyes are upon the faithful of the land,
that they may dwell with me.
He who walks in the way of integrity
shall be in my service.
R. I will walk with blameless heart.

Gospel

LK 7:11-17

Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain,
and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him.
As he drew near to the gate of the city,
a man who had died was being carried out,
the only son of his mother, and she was a widow.
A large crowd from the city was with her.
When the Lord saw her,
he was moved with pity for her and said to her,
“Do not weep.”
He stepped forward and touched the coffin;
at this the bearers halted,
and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!”
The dead man sat up and began to speak,
and Jesus gave him to his mother.
Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming,
“A great prophet has arisen in our midst,”
and “God has visited his people.”
This report about him spread through the whole of Judea
and in all the surrounding region.

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sept 17

REFLECTION

“Do not weep.”  Luke 7:13

 

I was always convinced that crying is a sign of weakness. I was pretty sure that crying is a sign that I need help.

I remember that time in High School when I was disappointed and hurt about something that I almost cried my heart out inside our classroom. I only felt pain and was frustrated that I can only cry even more when someone would ask me what was wrong. My teacher walked up to me and said that I should spend at least 15 minutes inside our prayer room so I could think things through.

True enough, Jesus whispered to me, “Do not cry, and do not be afraid for I am going to help you now.” I felt His love for me right there and at that very moment, I have stopped crying. I was convinced that Jesus was there to help me.

You may be feeling a little off-balanced right now. You may be disappointed, hurt, lost and frustrated but always remember that the love of Jesus is just one prayer away. He says, “Do not weep”, for He is always there running to catch you when you feel like you have had enough.

Let Him take over and everything else will fall into place. – Ma. Celina Angelica Reyes (celinadreyes@gmail.com)

 

Prayer:

Jesus, I give you my heart and soul today. Consume me with Your overflowing love and peace. Amen!

 

Reflection Question:

Have you talked to Jesus lately?

 

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