Diego Reyes, Little Whispers

The Why

First Reading
2 Timothy 2:8-15
Beloved:
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David:
such is my Gospel, for which I am suffering,
even to the point of chains, like a criminal.
But the word of God is not chained.
Therefore, I bear with everything for the sake of those who are chosen,
so that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus,
together with eternal glory.
This saying is trustworthy:

If we have died with him
we shall also live with him;
if we persevere
we shall also reign with him.
But if we deny him
he will deny us.
If we are unfaithful
he remains faithful,
for he cannot deny himself.

Remind people of these things
and charge them before God to stop disputing about words.
This serves no useful purpose since it harms those who listen.
Be eager to present yourself as acceptable to God,
a workman who causes no disgrace,
imparting the word of truth without deviation.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 25:4-5AB, 8-9, 10 AND 14
R.    (4)  Teach me your ways, O Lord.
Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior.
R.    Teach me your ways, O Lord.
Good and upright is the LORD;
thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice,
he teaches the humble his way.
R.    Teach me your ways, O Lord.
All the paths of the LORD are kindness and constancy
toward those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
The friendship of the LORD is with those who fear him,
and his covenant, for their instruction.
R.    Teach me your ways, O Lord.

Gospel
Mark 12:28-34
One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him,
“Which is the first of all the commandments?”
Jesus replied, “The first is this:
Hear, O Israel!
The Lord our God is Lord alone!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind,
and with all your strength.
The second is this:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

There is no other commandment greater than these.”
The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher.
You are right in saying,
He is One and there is no other than he.
And to love him with all your heart,
with all your understanding,
with all your strength,
and to love your neighbor as yourself

is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding,
he said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.”
And no one dared to ask him any more questions.


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The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:31)

REFLECTION
As a long-time member of the BLD Youth Ministry, serving the Lord through the various events of the ministry has become second nature to me. Whenever they need someone to pray or to write or to carry something, I have always tried to be available to serve. 

However, last year, there came a time where I became dry, and I felt that service was no longer fulfilling. I searched for meaning that I could not find anywhere anymore. I was serving just for the sake of serving, and I did not care anymore about my service—I only cared that I served. 

I got tired easily because I no longer had the why to my service. Jesus, indeed, works in very mysterious ways. I was the outgoing shepherd for the YE weekend last year, which meant I had extra responsibilities and tasks. On the verge of crying because of exhaustion, my partner shepherd approached me and hugged me. She asked if I was okay, and if I needed to rest. In that moment, in my anxious and tired heart, God showed me that I was part of a church, a community of friends and believers! 

This is what Jesus is telling us today—YOU ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR COMMUNITY. Whatever you are doing, whatever talent He has given you, you are important… and you are loved! You are part of a church that believes and loves you, so that in turn you may believe and love the people around you.

He believes in what you can do—believe in yourself too!

Prayer
Lord, I know the talents and skills you have given me. May I use this in service of the church and my community. Amen.

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Diego Reyes, Little Whispers

(Not) A Rulebreaker

First Reading
Acts 8:5-8, 14-17
Philip went down to the city of Samaria
and proclaimed the Christ to them.
With one accord, the crowds paid attention to what was said by Philip
when they heard it and saw the signs he was doing.
For unclean spirits, crying out in a loud voice,
came out of many possessed people,
and many paralyzed or crippled people were cured.
There was great joy in that city.

Now when the apostles in Jerusalem
heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God,
they sent them Peter and John,
who went down and prayed for them,
that they might receive the Holy Spirit,
for it had not yet fallen upon any of them;
they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Then they laid hands on them
and they received the Holy Spirit.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20
R. (1) Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Shout joyfully to God, all the earth,
sing praise to the glory of his name;
proclaim his glorious praise.
Say to God, “How tremendous are your deeds!”
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R. Alleluia.
“Let all on earth worship and sing praise to you,
sing praise to your name!”
Come and see the works of God,
his tremendous deeds among the children of Adam.
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R. Alleluia.
He has changed the sea into dry land;
through the river they passed on foot;
therefore let us rejoice in him.
He rules by his might forever.
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Hear now, all you who fear God, while I declare
what he has done for me.
Blessed be God who refused me not
my prayer or his kindness!
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Second Reading
1 Peter 3:15-18
Beloved:
Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts.
Always be ready to give an explanation
to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope,
but do it with gentleness and reverence,
keeping your conscience clear,
so that, when you are maligned,
those who defame your good conduct in Christ
may themselves be put to shame.
For it is better to suffer for doing good,
if that be the will of God, than for doing evil.

For Christ also suffered for sins once,
the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous,
that he might lead you to God.
Put to death in the flesh,
he was brought to life in the Spirit.

Gospel
John 14:15-21
Jesus said to his disciples:
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
And I will ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always,
the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept,
because it neither sees nor knows him.
But you know him, because he remains with you,
and will be in you.
I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
In a little while the world will no longer see me,
but you will see me, because I live and you will live.
On that day you will realize that I am in my Father
and you are in me and I in you.
Whoever has my commandments and observes them
is the one who loves me.
And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”


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“Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me.” (John 14:21)

REFLECTION
Like any other kid, I grew up with an affinity for video games. Up to this day, playing video games is my favorite hobby and I would stay up all night to play my favorite video game! 

My video game journey started with the PSP—it was the first console I ever owned, and I was addicted to it. I got it as a gift when I passed fourth grade and I would play it whenever I got the chance. I even snuck it into school and would play it during my break. My parents soon took notice that I was getting more and more addicted to my PSP; every waking hour was spent playing it. They did not want to take away my PSP, but they instructed me that I can play it with one condition, that being I can only play it for 2 hours and 30 minutes each day.

It is weird that as a 10-year-old boy who had a reputation of being makulit (naughty), I was able to follow my parents’ rules. I would often remember begging them to extend my playtime if I already consumed my playtime for the day! For me, I loved my parents so much that I was afraid to defy their word even if they were not looking at me.

This is what Jesus is telling us today—to love Him so much that breaking His rules is not in the picture. It must come naturally to us to be obedient to the will of the Father in order to let His Spirit, His Word and His Love to overflow our lives! Love must be in the center of our lives for Jesus to be in the center of everything!

Prayer
Lord, let love take over all aspects of my life. Let it invade and take control today. Amen!

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Diego Reyes, Little Whispers

For God, For Country

First Reading
Genesis 17:3-9
When Abram prostrated himself, God spoke to him:
“My covenant with you is this:
you are to become the father of a host of nations.
No longer shall you be called Abram;
your name shall be Abraham,
for I am making you the father of a host of nations.
I will render you exceedingly fertile;
I will make nations of you;
kings shall stem from you.
I will maintain my covenant with you
and your descendants after you
throughout the ages as an everlasting pact,
to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.
I will give to you
and to your descendants after you
the land in which you are now staying,
the whole land of Canaan, as a permanent possession;
and I will be their God.”

God also said to Abraham:
“On your part, you and your descendants after you
must keep my covenant throughout the ages.”

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 105:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
R.    (8a)  The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
Look to the LORD in his strength;
seek to serve him constantly.
Recall the wondrous deeds that he has wrought,
his portents, and the judgments he has uttered.
R.    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.

Gospel
John 8:51-59
Jesus said to the Jews:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever keeps my word will never see death.”
So the Jews said to him,
“Now we are sure that you are possessed.
Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say,
‘Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.’
Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died?
Or the prophets, who died?
Who do you make yourself out to be?”
Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is worth nothing;
but it is my Father who glorifies me,
of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’
You do not know him, but I know him.
And if I should say that I do not know him,
I would be like you a liar.
But I do know him and I keep his word.
Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day;
he saw it and was glad.”
So the Jews said to him,
“You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen Abraham?”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
before Abraham came to be, I AM.”
So they picked up stones to throw at him;
but Jesus hid and went out of the temple area.


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Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is worth nothing; but it is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ (John 8:54)

REFLECTION
My mother is the kindest person you’ll ever meet.

I’m sure most people would say that when they’re asked to describe their mothers—and I agree, because my mom really is the kindest person I’ve ever met. 

The one thing that strikes me the most about my mom is that her capacity for sharing and generosity is unbelievably huge that it never seems to run out! You can count on her to give you the last piece of ulam (food), even though it’s her favorite. If there’s one thing I’d hope to get from my mom, it’s her huge capacity for sharing. 

And whenever there is a disaster or a crisis, I can always count on my mom to donate something. While other people would pride themselves in helping other people by posting their volunteerism on social media, my mom would quietly help those in need without anyone ever knowing. She gives her all, not just to herself or to her family, but to the society around her. 

My friends, this is what Jesus is trying to tell us today, in the season of uncertainty and fear in the face of the crisis that has hit out country. We are on a battlefield with an unseen enemy, and all we can ask now is what can we do? 

We can choose to hide. Certainly, it will be safer if we hide. 

However, we can choose to help the country that needs us. Jesus is empowering us to help our society that is ailing and helpless. There are a million different ways to help, what is important is that we are able to glorify God by helping those who are in need.

Mabuhay ang Pilipino!

Prayer
Lord, empower me to give myself to my country. Embrace those who are in need right now, and assure them that help is on the way. Amen.

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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.

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Diego Reyes, Little Whispers

Tulog Mantika

First Reading
Zechariah 8:20-23
Thus says the LORD of hosts:
There shall yet come peoples,
the inhabitants of many cities;
and the inhabitants of one city shall approach those of another,
and say, “Come! let us go to implore the favor of the LORD”;
and, “I too will go to seek the LORD.”
Many peoples and strong nations shall come
to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem
and to implore the favor of the LORD.
Thus says the LORD of hosts:
In those days ten men of every nationality,
speaking different tongues, shall take hold,
yes, take hold of every Jew by the edge of his garment and say,

“Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 87:1B-3, 4-5, 6-7
R. (Zec 8:23) God is with us.
His foundation upon the holy mountains
the LORD loves:
The gates of Zion,
more than any dwelling of Jacob.
Glorious things are said of you,
O city of God!
R. God is with us.
I tell of Egypt and Babylon
among those that know the LORD;
Of Philistia, Tyre, Ethiopia:
“This man was born there.”
And of Zion they shall say:
“One and all were born in her;
And he who has established her
is the Most High LORD.”
R. God is with us.
They shall note, when the peoples are enrolled:
“This man was born there.”
And all shall sing, in their festive dance:
“My home is within you.”
R. God is with us.

Gospel
Luke 9:51-56
When the days for Jesus to be taken up were fulfilled,
he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem,
and he sent messengers ahead of him.
On the way they entered a Samaritan village
to prepare for his reception there,
but they would not welcome him
because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem.
When the disciples James and John saw this they asked,
“Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven
to consume them?”
Jesus turned and rebuked them,
and they journeyed to another village.


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“Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village.” (Luke 9:55-56)

REFLECTION
I love sleeping.

If I’m not playing video games or reading a book, you can catch me snoozing in my bed. And while I’m a very energetic person, I turn lethargic and sleepy when I enter my room. Once I lie down in bed, it will only take a couple of seconds for me to fall asleep–I think that is my superpower! I sleep so deeply that my parents would always comment, “Tulog mantika ka.” (You sleep like oil¹.)

I think that sleeping allows me to rest after a tiring day. While most people would stay hung up and unable to sleep on their problems, I’d rather go to sleep. Sleeping on my problems sometimes works, and when it doesn’t work, at least I have a rested mind that can deal with my problems.

In the Gospel today, Jesus encountered a problem all of us has encountered before: rejection. Jesus could have dwelt on His rejection, but instead He chose a different path… He moved on. He detached Himself from the problem and went on to a different village where things could be different!

My friends, learn to move on to better things! We get so hung up on things we don’t deserve that we end up thinking that we do not deserve better things. Jesus is reminding us today that there could be a new and better day for us to wake up to, all we have to do is to move on!

There are better things than what you are facing and Jesus is already there waiting for you!

Prayer
Jesus, I feel stuck in my life. Show me a path towards hope and peace, so that I may be able to live my life to the fullest. Be with me, Lord, when times are tough. I completely trust in Your plans. Amen.

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¹A Filipino idiom. Refers to cooking oil that has been left to cool off therefore reheating it will be difficult.

Diego Reyes, Little Whispers

Burnout

First Reading
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6, 9-11

Concerning times and seasons, brothers and sisters,
you have no need for anything to be written to you.
For you yourselves know very well
that the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night.
When people are saying, “Peace and security,”
then sudden disaster comes upon them,
like labor pains upon a pregnant woman,
and they will not escape.

But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness,
for that day to overtake you like a thief.
For all of you are children of the light
and children of the day.
We are not of the night or of darkness.
Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do,
but let us stay alert and sober.
For God did not destine us for wrath,
but to gain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep
we may live together with him.
Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up,
as indeed you do.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
R. (13) I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.

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. I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
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. I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
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. I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.

Gospel
Luke 4:31-37

Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee.
He taught them on the sabbath,
and they were astonished at his teaching
because he spoke with authority.
In the synagogue there was a man with the spirit of an unclean demon,
and he cried out in a loud voice,
“What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are–the Holy One of God!”
Jesus rebuked him and said, “Be quiet! Come out of him!”
Then the demon threw the man down in front of them
and came out of him without doing him any harm.
They were all amazed and said to one another,
“What is there about his word?
For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits,
and they come out.”
And news of him spread everywhere in the surrounding region.


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“… who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live together with him.” (1 Thessalonians 5:10)

REFLECTION

Resting after a busy day is very rare for someone like me!

I am a very active person. My friends know this—I am known as the most energetic person in any room! An unenergetic Diego is unheard of, because I am usually the one talking loudly or playing around in a room. It is a fact that even if it is the end of the day and everyone is very tired, I would still bounce around as if the day was just beginning. A sore throat and aching feet never stop me from being talkative and friendly.

However, this does have its drawbacks. Sometimes, the fatigue indeed catches up and all at once, I feel the exhaustion that has welled up inside of me. When this happens, I experience a burnout and I shut off from the world. 

For most of my life, resting was a foreign concept to me because I believed that life must be lived on the go. Things changed when I started to meet a therapist, because let’s be real, burning myself out is not healthy for my mental health. She made me realize that resting was not a bad thing, and that it being tired is not a sign of weakness. It just means that you’re a human, like everybody else, with a limit and a breaking point. 

Friends, this is exactly what Jesus wants you to understand today! We have lived our lives thinking that to earn God’s favor, we must work for it. Life is often full of tasks to do and sins to avoid, and it’s easy to just get lost in meaningless routine.

But when you feel burnt out from life, remember that even God felt the need to rest after creating the world in six days! Even if life demands so much from you, remind yourself that God is always in control, so take a break! And while working with Jesus is a beautiful and amazing feeling, never forget that resting in Jesus is a thing too!

Reflection Song

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Diego Reyes, Little Whispers

Conference Feels

First Reading
Revelation 21:9B-14

The angel spoke to me, saying,
“Come here.
I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
He took me in spirit to a great, high mountain
and showed me the holy city Jerusalem
coming down out of heaven from God.
It gleamed with the splendor of God.
Its radiance was like that of a precious stone,
like jasper, clear as crystal.
It had a massive, high wall,
with twelve gates where twelve angels were stationed
and on which names were inscribed,
the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.
There were three gates facing east,
three north, three south, and three west.
The wall of the city had twelve courses of stones as its foundation,
on which were inscribed the twelve names
of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 145:10-11, 12-13, 17-18
R.(12) Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.

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. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Making known to men your might
and the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Your Kingdom is a Kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
The LORD is just in all his ways
and holy in all his works.
The LORD is near to all who call upon him,
to all who call upon him in truth.
R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.

Gospel
John 1:45-51

Philip found Nathanael and told him,
“We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law,
and also the prophets, Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”
But Nathanael said to him,
“Can anything good come from Nazareth?”
Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him,
“Here is a true child of Israel.
There is no duplicity in him.”
Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.”
Nathanael answered him,
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Do you believe
because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?
You will see greater things than this.”
And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
you will see heaven opened and the angels of God
ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”


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 “… Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’” (John 1:46)

REFLECTION
I have always dreamt of going to another country all by myself. As a young kid, I craved for the independence of being in a foreign place alone!

For my successfully graduating high school, my parents surprised me by buying me tickets to Hillsong Conference in Sydney. At first, I thought they were coming with me to Sydney, but they told me that I’ll be travelling alone. I was taken aback because I thought my parents would never allow me to travel alone, but here I am, with tickets to a conference overseas! Naturally, I was very excited, but I also felt nervous. What if I got lost? What if I don’t make any friends? What if I’m too different to be in another country by myself? My brain was now overwhelmed by a cascade of nervousness that I couldn’t think straight.

When I got to the conference, everything was brand new. The culture was different, and I didn’t have anyone to rely on but myself. Seeing as how I had no choice but to make friends, I forced myself to raise my head high and make the most out of my trip!

In life, there are things that scare us! Sometimes, we allow the fear to rule our lives and scare us into living in boxes. Jesus encourages us today that there is a bright, new life out there waiting to be explored!

In the gospel, Jesus offers new life to his would-be disciples. Naturally, the men he called were nervous and afraid, but Jesus convinced them that being afraid all the time is not how they should live their lives! It is important for us to live life by going out and exploring the world He has prepared for us! Friends, remember that Jesus is always one step in front of you. Wherever you are heading, be comforted in the fact that He has already paved the way for you. All you have to do now is to see and experience the wonders He has prepared for you!

Prayer
Jesus, I pray that You show the way to me! Life is full of things that scare me, but I know that You have my back. Always remind me that You are with me. Amen!

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