Kris Sipin, Little Whispers

R&R

First Reading
JER 33:14-16

The days are coming, says the LORD,
when I will fulfill the promise
I made to the house of Israel and Judah.
In those days, in that time,
I will raise up for David a just shoot ;
he shall do what is right and just in the land.
In those days Judah shall be safe
and Jerusalem shall dwell secure;
this is what they shall call her:
“The LORD our justice.”

Responsorial Psalm
PS 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14
R. (1b) To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.

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,
and for you I wait all the day.
R. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
Good and upright is the LORD;
thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice,
and teaches the humble his way.
R. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
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. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.

Second Reading
1 THES 3:12—4:2

Brothers and sisters:
May the Lord make you increase and abound in love
for one another and for all,
just as we have for you,
so as to strengthen your hearts,
to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father
at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones. Amen.

Finally, 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.

Gospel
LK 21:25-28, 34-36

Jesus said to his disciples:
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,
and on earth nations will be in dismay,
perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
People will die of fright
in anticipation of what is coming upon the world,
for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
And then they will see the Son of Man
coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
But when these signs begin to happen,
stand erect and raise your heads
because your redemption is at hand.

“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy
from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth.
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man.”


sunset

“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise” (Luke 21:34)

REFLECTION

What a week that was! On Monday, I was stuck in a whole day meeting. From Tuesday to Thursday, we conducted an orientation. Friday came and I flew in to Iloilo  and on Saturday I experienced the worst flight back to Manila. It was horrible. The week was tiring.

If I was still studying, I would call this ultra-mega-super-hell-week-times-100. I was feeling aligaga and I felt 24 hours a day was not enough to accomplish my to-do. While responsibilities were piling up,my  strength and stamina were slowly going down. I felt I wasn’t going to make it until Sunday.

Luckily, while we were in Iloilo, my officemate and I decided to wake up at 4 am to catch the sunrise and go to Guimaras Island and have our short but sweet R&R (Rest & Relaxation) before going back to MNL.

I decided to go near the shore alone, sit in the soft white sand, put on my earphones and stare blankly in the glistening blue waters of Guimaras while being hugged by a cold breeze. And in that moment, I was confident that I was not alone. In that moment, I felt Jesus in me. In that moment, I felt peace and all anxieties were gone. It was solitude.

I am thankful that God gave me that moment but I realized I won’t be able to experience any R&R in the coming weeks to boost me again. But I learned to keep that memory in my heart. Every detail in that 1.5 hour of solitude will always be cherished. And I’m sure when I remember this moment, I will also remember the peace and confidence it gave my heart.

If you experienced a challenging week as I had, or you may feel dry and alone, or you’re anticipating a “hell week,” PAUSE! Close your eyes and imagine your own R&R; imagine your happy place. Remember every detail, every color, every person and every feeling. Find peace in it. Find comfort. Regain your strength. And remember that Jesus is in you and you can do anything with Him; even when it seems impossible.

Reflection Song

Even When It Hurts by Hillsong United

Author

Kris Sipin, kysipin@gmail.com

Kris Sipin, Little Whispers

SpiDOERman

First Reading
DT 4:1-2, 6-8

Moses said to the people:
“Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decrees
which I am teaching you to observe,
that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the land
which the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you.
In your observance of the commandments of the LORD, your God,
which I enjoin upon you,
you shall not add to what I command you nor subtract from it.
Observe them carefully,
for thus will you give evidence
of your wisdom and intelligence to the nations,
who will hear of all these statutes and say,
‘This great nation is truly a wise and intelligent people.’
For what great nation is there
that has gods so close to it as the LORD, our God, is to us
whenever we call upon him?
Or what great nation has statutes and decrees
that are as just as this whole law
which I am setting before you today?”

Responsorial Psalm
PS 15:2-3, 3-4, 4-5
R. (1a) One who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.

Whoever walks blamelessly and does justice;
who thinks the truth in his heart
and slanders not with his tongue.
R. One who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.
Who harms not his fellow man,
nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor;
by whom the reprobate is despised,
while he honors those who fear the LORD.
R. One who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.
Who lends not his money at usury
and accepts no bribe against the innocent.
Whoever does these things
shall never be disturbed.
R. One who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.

Second Reading
JAS 1:17-18, 21B-22, 27

Dearest brothers and sisters:
All good giving and every perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of lights,
with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change.
He willed to give us birth by the word of truth
that we may be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you
and is able to save your souls.

Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves.

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this:
to care for orphans and widows in their affliction
and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Gospel
MK 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

When the Pharisees with some scribes who had come from Jerusalem
gathered around Jesus,
they observed that some of his disciples ate their meals
with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands.
—For the Pharisees and, in fact, all Jews,
do not eat without carefully washing their hands,
keeping the tradition of the elders.
And on coming from the marketplace
they do not eat without purifying themselves.
And there are many other things that they have traditionally observed,
the purification of cups and jugs and kettles and beds. —
So the Pharisees and scribes questioned him,
“Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the elders
but instead eat a meal with unclean hands?”
He responded,
“Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites, as it is written:
This people honors me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me;
in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines human precepts.
You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.”

He summoned the crowd again and said to them,
“Hear me, all of you, and understand.
Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person;
but the things that come out from within are what defile.

“From within people, from their hearts,
come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder,
adultery, greed, malice, deceit,
licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly.
All these evils come from within and they defile.”


spider

“Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows* in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” (James 1: 22, 27)

REFLECTION
Ever wondered why itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout? The rainy season has made me curious and made me reflect about his actions. I thought of two probable reasons why itsy bitsy spider went up the waterspout. First is, maybe itsy bitsy spider wanted to see the garden in full view. Or second, a pretty spider was waiting for him up on the roof.

Whatever the real reason why he wanted to climb the waterspout, itsy bitsy spider still tried to climb even though the rain came down and washed him off of the waterspout.

Today, the second reading is reminding us of our true obligation as a Christian. We are reminded to be like the itsy bitsy spider. To be dedicated to what we are made to do; we are to be like Jesus to others. To persevere and still try to be like Jesus even when things are rough. We are to live God’s Word in our lives and in still His teachings. We are to spread His good news and make His love real and tangible to those who are lost.

A new week is coming and we are yet given another chance to be doers of Christ. You may be swamped with school work, projects and meetings. There may be a lot in your plate right now, but I encourage you, give something to someone and I’m sure it will come back to you ten folds.

Be a doer of Christ and Christ will do miracles for you. – Kristina Sipin (kysipin@gmail.com)

Prayer
Father God, give me the grace and strength to be more like You, to be a reflection of Your love to other people, especially to those who are in need of You. Amen.

Kris Sipin, Little Whispers

Magtanim Ay ‘Di Biro

First Reading
2 COR 9:6-11

Brothers and sisters, consider this:
whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,
and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion,
for God loves a cheerful giver.
Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you,
so that in all things, always having all you need,
you may have an abundance for every good work.
As it is written:

He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.

The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food
will supply and multiply your seed
and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

You are being enriched in every way for all generosity,
which through us produces thanksgiving to God.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 112:1BC-2, 3-4, 9
R. (1b) Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Blessed the man who fears the LORD,
who greatly delights in his commands.
His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth;
the upright generation shall be blessed.
R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Wealth and riches shall be in his house;
his generosity shall endure forever.
Light shines through the darkness for the upright;
he is gracious and merciful and just.
R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Lavishly he gives to the poor;
his generosity shall endure forever;
his horn shall be exalted in glory.
R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Gospel
MT 6:1-6, 16-18

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Take care not to perform righteous deeds
in order that people may see them;
otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.
When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you,
as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets
to win the praise of others.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you give alms,
do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,
so that your almsgiving may be secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites,
who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners
so that others may see them.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door,
and pray to your Father in secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites.
They neglect their appearance,
so that they may appear to others to be fasting.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
so that you may not appear to others to be fasting,
except to your Father who is hidden.
And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”


  

“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” (2 Corinthians 9:6)

REFLECTION
The odds are not in my favor.

Three weeks ago, I was telling my friends that I felt that God’s favor is not on my side. Lately, I have been feeling that my relationship with Him is very one sided. I serve Him weekly but I feel that I did not get anything in return for all I’ve done for Him.

I kept on ranting and ranting and ranting. Telling them how I feel tired and disappointed of serving and not getting anything in return. After ranting my heart’s content, there was a short quiet moment and then my friend asked me a shocking eye opener question, “Anong bang pinagdadasal mo?”

After that eye opener question, I realized that I have been pairing my service with vague and indefinite prayers. I realized that I did not get anything in return because I haven’t asked the right prayers.

Friends, today the first reading is reminding us to sow bountifully to be able to reap bountifully. To sow exact prayers means to reap the exact blessings. To sow what we truly desire means to reap what we truly deserve. To sow service partnered with the right prayer means to reap overflowing grace by God.

So, when you feel that the odds are not in your favor, endure life and just keep on praying, because eventually what you sow you will reap. – Kristina Sipin (kysipin@gmail.com)

Prayer
Abba Father, help me remain faithful in prayers, especially in times of darkness. Remind me of how great and audacious Your plans are for me while I’m in my process of sowing my prayers. Amen.

Reflection Question
Anong pinagdadasal mo?

Kris Sipin, Little Whispers

Bida Change

First Reading
Acts 4:13-21

Observing the boldness of Peter and John
and perceiving them to be uneducated, ordinary men,
the leaders, elders, and scribes were amazed,
and they recognized them as the companions of Jesus.
Then when they saw the man who had been cured standing there with them,
they could say nothing in reply.
So they ordered them to leave the Sanhedrin,
and conferred with one another, saying,
“What are we to do with these men?
Everyone living in Jerusalem knows that a remarkable sign
was done through them, and we cannot deny it.
But so that it may not be spread any further among the people,
let us give them a stern warning
never again to speak to anyone in this name.”

So they called them back
and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.
Peter and John, however, said to them in reply,
“Whether it is right in the sight of God
for us to obey you rather than God, you be the judges.
It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.”
After threatening them further,
they released them,
finding no way to punish them,
on account of the people who were all praising God
for what had happened.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 118:1 and 14-15, 16-18, 19-21

R. (21a) I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
The joyful shout of victory
in the tents of the just.
R. I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me.
or:
R. Alleluia.

“The right hand of the LORD is exalted;
the right hand of the LORD has struck with power.”
I shall not die, but live,
and declare the works of the LORD.
Though the LORD has indeed chastised me,
yet he has not delivered me to death.
R. I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Open to me the gates of justice;
I will enter them and give thanks to the LORD.
This is the gate of the LORD;
the just shall enter it.
I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me
and have been my savior.
R. I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Gospel
Mark 16:9-15

When Jesus had risen, early on the first day of the week,
he appeared first to Mary Magdalene,
out of whom he had driven seven demons.
She went and told his companions who were mourning and weeping.
When they heard that he was alive
and had been seen by her, they did not believe.

After this he appeared in another form
to two of them walking along on their way to the country.
They returned and told the others;
but they did not believe them either.

But later, as the Eleven were at table, he appeared to them
and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart
because they had not believed those
who saw him after he had been raised.
He said to them, “Go into the whole world
and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”


 

Generous

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

REFLECTION

For n months I’ve been asking the Lord to reveal Himself to me. I was challenging God to prove that He is God. I wanted Him to give me a miracle, to make that one grand, grandest gesture He can think of to regain my trust. I wanted to see Him; I wanted Him to literally move mountains for me. It was like a 3 year old begging for the biggest, fluffiest and cutest teddy bear there was.

I know you might think I’m crazy to ask for something like this. Honestly, there were times that I, too, was judging my own prayers. I was just so tired of praying and receiving challenges as answers. I was so tired and I felt helpless.

Last Easter, I was surprised by the big message I received, it was from Proverbs 11:25 “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

I was shocked! God was challenging my challenge. He wants me to nourish others. God wants me to lose myself; He wants me to decrease and allow Him to increase in my life. He wants to put my doubting faith into action. God wants me to be the miracle that I was praying for myself.

Today, I pass on this challenge to you as well. Today, I challenge you to be a miracle to someone despite and in spite. And remember that Jesus is in You.

So, when you’re tired, allow others to find rest in you. When you’re about to stumble, help someone rise up. When you’re losing your faith, lose yourself in serving God. When you lose sight of Jesus, allow others to see Jesus in you.

And once you find yourself being the miracle; there you will see your miracle slowly unfading before you. – Kristina Sipin (kysipin@gmail.com)

Prayer

Almighty Father, strengthen my faith as I allow my brokenness to be a vessel of Your miracles. Today, I proclaim more of You and less of me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Reflection Question

How do I allow myself to be a miracle to others, especially with my parents?

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Kris Sipin, Little Whispers

Shifting Sands

First Reading
IS 26:1-6
On that day they will sing this song in the land of Judah:

“A strong city have we;
he sets up walls and ramparts to protect us.
Open up the gates
to let in a nation that is just,
one that keeps faith.
A nation of firm purpose you keep in peace;
in peace, for its trust in you.”

Trust in the LORD forever!
For the LORD is an eternal Rock.
He humbles those in high places,
and the lofty city he brings down;
He tumbles it to the ground,
levels it with the dust.
It is trampled underfoot by the needy,
by the footsteps of the poor.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 118:1 AND 8-9, 19-21, 25-27A
R. (26a) Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in princes.
R. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Open to me the gates of justice;
I will enter them and give thanks to the LORD.
This gate is the LORD’s;
the just shall enter it.
I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me
and have been my savior.
R. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

O LORD, grant salvation!
O LORD, grant prosperity!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD;
we bless you from the house of the LORD.
The LORD is God, and he has given us light.
R. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Gospel
MT 7:21, 24-27

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’
will enter the Kingdom of heaven,
but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them
will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.
The rain fell, the floods came,
and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.
And everyone who listens to these words of mine
but does not act on them
will be like a fool who built his house on sand.
The rain fell, the floods came,
and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”

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REFLECTION

“The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.”

It was 3 am in the morning already, my body was already dead tired but my mind kept on thinking and thinking. I couldn’t sleep. “What should I do? Resign? Study again? Look for another job?” “Bakit siya ganun towards me. Lord natatakot ako.” Random thoughts were running in my mind and all of a sudden, tears started falling. I was anxious. I was overthinking. I was scared.

You see, my faith is still like sand. It can act as a strong foundation but once stronger forces hit it, it falls apart. When good and happy things happen around me this sand-like faith of mine is solid. But when 3 am hits and I’m still awake, anxiety takes over. Today we are challenged to turn our sand-like faith into a solid rock-like faith! It’s time to take our faith one notch higher. It’s time to act and stand on faith! Whatever you are going through, whatever your thoughts are; Stand on your solid rock faith! Believe that all good things happen because God purposed it. – Kristina Sipin (kysipin@gmail.com)

Prayer

Dear Lord, I pray that you increase my faith as I continue to live a full, happy and abundant life. Amen.

Reflection Question

What can I do to increase my faith?

Kris Sipin, Little Whispers

Radiate Goodness

First Reading
Rom 15:14-21

I myself am convinced about you, my brothers and sisters,
that you yourselves are full of goodness,
filled with all knowledge, and able to admonish one another.
But I have written to you rather boldly in some respects to remind you,
because of the grace given me by God
to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles
in performing the priestly service of the Gospel of God,
so that the offering up of the Gentiles may be acceptable,
sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to boast in what pertains to God.
For I will not dare to speak of anything
except what Christ has accomplished through me
to lead the Gentiles to obedience by word and deed,
by the power of signs and wonders,
by the power of the Spirit of God,
so that from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum
I have finished preaching the Gospel of Christ.
Thus I aspire to proclaim the Gospel
not where Christ has already been named,
so that I do not build on another’s foundation,
but as it is written:

Those who have never been told of him shall see,
and those who have never heard of him shall understand.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 98:1, 2-3AB, 3CD-4
R. (see 2b) The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.

Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.

Gospel
Lk 16:1-8

Jesus said to his disciples, “A rich man had a steward
who was reported to him for squandering his property.
He summoned him and said,
‘What is this I hear about you?
Prepare a full account of your stewardship,
because you can no longer be my steward.’
The steward said to himself, ‘What shall I do,
now that my master is taking the position of steward away from me?
I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg.
I know what I shall do so that,
when I am removed from the stewardship,
they may welcome me into their homes.’
He called in his master’s debtors one by one.
To the first he said, ‘How much do you owe my master?’
He replied, ‘One hundred measures of olive oil.’
He said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note.
Sit down and quickly write one for fifty.’
Then to another he said, ‘And you, how much do you owe?’
He replied, ‘One hundred measures of wheat.’
He said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note;
write one for eighty.’
And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently.
For the children of this world
are more prudent in dealing with their own generation
than the children of light.”
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REFLECTION

I myself am convinced about you, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness” -Rom 15: 14-21

 “Kung hindi niya ako kakausapin, hindi ko rin siya kakausapin.”

That exact thought always runs in my mind every time I’m surrounded by people that I barely know. I’m usually snobbish, quiet and reserved. I’m not even surprised when people kept on saying “masungit” as their first impression when they see me.

You see, I’m not that friendly. I’m not good with communicating nor am good in affirming people around me. I believe in the saying “tough love” and that’s where I’m good at.

I thought I would stay the same.

But my Creator believed in my goodness.

God believed in the goodness that He has planted in my heart. Little by little, I learned to approach people. Little by little, I learned to start conversations. Little by little, I learned to affirm. Little by little, I learned to be more loving.

I know I am still a work in progress and I still have a long way to go. But as long as He believes in the goodness of my heart, I will continue to allow His goodness to reveal through me. As long as my God believes in me, I will never stop striving to be a great person inside out for Him. – Kris Sipin (kysipin@gmail.com)

PRAYER

Dearest Lord, thank You for planting good seeds in my heart. I pray that you allow these good seeds to bear good actions to other people. May You radiate in my words and actions, Father. All this I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

REFLECTION QUESTION

How can you radiate the goodness of your heart today?

Kris Sipin, Little Whispers

Type 2

First Reading
Bar 1:15-22

During the Babylonian captivity, the exiles prayed:
“Justice is with the Lord, our God;
and we today are flushed with shame,
we men of Judah and citizens of Jerusalem,
that we, with our kings and rulers
and priests and prophets, and with our ancestors,
have sinned in the Lord’s sight and disobeyed him.
We have neither heeded the voice of the Lord, our God,
nor followed the precepts which the Lord set before us.
From the time the Lord led our ancestors out of the land of Egypt
until the present day,
we have been disobedient to the Lord, our God,
and only too ready to disregard his voice.
And the evils and the curse that the Lord enjoined upon Moses, his servant,
at the time he led our ancestors forth from the land of Egypt
to give us the land flowing with milk and honey,
cling to us even today.
For we did not heed the voice of the Lord, our God,
in all the words of the prophets whom he sent us,
but each one of us went off
after the devices of his own wicked heart,
served other gods,
and did evil in the sight of the Lord, our God.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 79:1B-2, 3-5, 8, 9
R. (9) For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.

O God, the nations have come into your inheritance;
they have defiled your holy temple,
they have laid Jerusalem in ruins.
They have given the corpses of your servants
as food to the birds of heaven,
the flesh of your faithful ones to the beasts of the earth.
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
They have poured out their blood like water
round about Jerusalem,
and there is no one to bury them.
We have become the reproach of our neighbors,
the scorn and derision of those around us.
O LORD, how long? Will you be angry forever?
Will your jealousy burn like fire?
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
Remember not against us the iniquities of the past;
may your compassion quickly come to us,
for we are brought very low.
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
Help us, O God our savior,
because of the glory of your name;
Deliver us and pardon our sins
for your name’s sake.
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.

Gospel
Lk 10:13-16

Jesus said to them,
“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!
For if the mighty deeds done in your midst
had been done in Tyre and Sidon,
they would long ago have repented,
sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon
at the judgment than for you.
And as for you, Capernaum, ‘Will you be exalted to heaven?
You will go down to the netherworld.’
Whoever listens to you listens to me.
Whoever rejects you rejects me.
And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”
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REFLECTION

“We have been disobedient to the Lord, our God, and only too ready to disregard his voice.”  – Bar 1: 17 – 18

 

“Kaya ko na ’to!”

I’m pretty sure everyone has already said this phrase not only once but many times. I, too, am guilty of always saying these words. Most of the time, especially when I feel the need to step up, I would just take the job or task and do it on my own.

I am a giver, a type 2 – a person whose core is to help, to give, to assist, to take care of people. Sometimes, I do things because I just feel the need to help; not because I was asked to help out nor they can’t manage, but everytimeI feel the urge to help, I help. Or sometimes, I take over completely.

The intensity of me, being a type 2 person, affects my faith. Since I always have this “kaya ko na ‘to” mentality, I would usually go astray with God’s will for me. I would only trust my gut and believe that I can take care of myself better than God. I always think “kaya ko na lahat

But the truth is, I CAN’T DO EVERYTHING ON MY OWN.

Today, my dear brothers and sisters, accept that you are only human and you are full of limitations. Turn your “kaya-ko-na-‘to” mentality to “I-put-my-complete-trust-in-the-Lord” mentality! Let Him take care of you! Let God’s love lead you! Allow God to be your God! – Kris Sipin (kysipin@gmail.com)

 

PRAYER

Abba Father, today I completely offer to you my life. I know Lord that in Your hands I am safe and secure. I trust You Lord and I believe that You are a God who is faithful to complete His promise – a promise of full and abundant life. Amen.

REFLECTION QUESTION

What’s stopping you from fully trusting the Lord?

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