Jolo Tiongco, Little Whispers

Let Go and Move On

First Reading
1 MC 2:15-29

The officers of the king in charge of enforcing the apostasy
came to the city of Modein to organize the sacrifices.
Many of Israel joined them,
but Mattathias and his sons gathered in a group apart.
Then the officers of the king addressed Mattathias:
“You are a leader, an honorable and great man in this city,
supported by sons and kin.
Come now, be the first to obey the king’s command,
as all the Gentiles and the men of Judah
and those who are left in Jerusalem have done.
Then you and your sons shall be numbered among the King’s Friends,
and shall be enriched with silver and gold and many gifts.”
But Mattathias answered in a loud voice:
“Although all the Gentiles in the king’s realm obey him,
so that each forsakes the religion of his fathers
and consents to the king’s orders,
yet I and my sons and my kin
will keep to the covenant of our fathers.
God forbid that we should forsake the law and the commandments.
We will not obey the words of the king
nor depart from our religion in the slightest degree.”

As he finished saying these words,
a certain Jew came forward in the sight of all
to offer sacrifice on the altar in Modein
according to the king’s order.
When Mattathias saw him, he was filled with zeal;
his heart was moved and his just fury was aroused;
he sprang forward and killed him upon the altar.
At the same time, he also killed the messenger of the king
who was forcing them to sacrifice,
and he tore down the altar.
Thus he showed his zeal for the law,
just as Phinehas did with Zimri, son of Salu.

Then Mattathias went through the city shouting,
“Let everyone who is zealous for the law
and who stands by the covenant follow after me!”
Thereupon he fled to the mountains with his sons,
leaving behind in the city all their possessions.
Many who sought to live according to righteousness and religious custom
went out into the desert to settle there.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 50:1B-2, 5-6, 14-15
R. (23b) To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

God the LORD has spoken and summoned the earth,
from the rising of the sun to its setting.
From Zion, perfect in beauty,
God shines forth.
R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
“Gather my faithful ones before me,
those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”
And the heavens proclaim his justice;
for God himself is the judge.
R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
“Offer to God praise as your sacrifice
and fulfill your vows to the Most High;
Then call upon me in time of distress;
I will rescue you, and you shall glorify me.”
R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

Gospel
LK 19:41-44

As Jesus drew near Jerusalem,
he saw the city and wept over it, saying,
“If this day you only knew what makes for peace–
but now it is hidden from your eyes.
For the days are coming upon you
when your enemies will raise a palisade against you;
they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides.
They will smash you to the ground and your children within you,
and they will not leave one stone upon another within you
because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”


November 19

“If this day you only knew what makes for peace — but now it is hidden from your eyes” (Luke 19:41-44)

REFELECTION
The day came when my best friend and I became strangers to each other. I wanted to talk to the guidance counselor with my friend, but our counselor instead wanted to talk to us separately. I agreed, and was eager to share my story to the counselor.

I told her that I tried to fix our friendship, but it was as if I was the only one who wanted it. It was then that our counselor revealed to me that she talked to my best friend before me.

She told me that my best friend just said that he honestly didn’t want to be friends with me anymore. I was shocked go hear this, and prayed to God that night, I told Him that I did not want to lose my friend.

But apparently, God had other plans for me. I began to see things differently – when one friendship ends many more can begin. Just last weekend, during the Youth Encounter, I made 30 new friends to journey and keep growing with. The best part is that these friendships are ones that are centered around knowing God. Pain always has it endings, but God’s love will always be there to fill you up in the end.

Reflection Song

Here With You by Hillsong

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Jolo Tiongco, Little Whispers

The Blessing Within

First Reading
COL 3:1-11

Brothers and sisters:
If you were raised with Christ, seek what is above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ your life appears,
then you too will appear with him in glory.

Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly:
immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire,
and the greed that is idolatry.
Because of these the wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient.
By these you too once conducted yourselves, when you lived in that way.
But now you must put them all away:
anger, fury, malice, slander,
and obscene language out of your mouths.
Stop lying to one another,
since you have taken off the old self with its practices
and have put on the new self,
which is being renewed, for knowledge,
in the image of its creator.
Here there is not Greek and Jew,
circumcision and uncircumcision,
barbarian, Scythian, slave, free;
but Christ is all and in all.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 145:2-3, 10-11, 12-13AB
R. (9) The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.

Every day will I bless you,
and I will praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD and highly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable.
R. The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.
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. The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.
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. The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.

Gospel
LK 6:20-26

Raising his eyes toward his disciples Jesus said:

“Blessed are you who are poor,
for the Kingdom of God is yours.
Blessed are you who are now hungry,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who are now weeping,
for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you,
and when they exclude and insult you,
and denounce your name as evil
on account of the Son of Man.

Rejoice and leap for joy on that day!
Behold, your reward will be great in heaven.
For their ancestors treated the prophets
in the same way.

But woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your consolation.
But woe to you who are filled now,
for you will be hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
for you will grieve and weep.
Woe to you when all speak well of you,
for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way.”


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“Rejoice and leap for joy on that day!
Behold, your reward will be great in heaven.”  (Luke 6:23)

REFLECTION

Back in the 8th grade, I was a part of a group of friends coming from different sections and we always hung out.

Sadly, one of my closest friends and I had a misunderstanding. It became difficult since we were in the same group of friends. Even more difficult than that was the fact that we became classmates. Having no way to avoid each other completely caused even greater tension between us.

But that was not the end of God’s plan for our group. It took a very long time for our hurts to be healed and for us to eventually forgive each other, but in time, it still happened. That disagreement allowed us to find God in our own ways. Moreover, we got to share Jesus with each other by sharing our experiences not only in  our communities but also from our personal stories.

Today, you should be reminded that even if things may seem bad, sometimes it helps to remember that the reward of God does not always come at an instant. But His promise is that He always works within our weaknesses to bring us and others around us His blessings.

Prayer

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