Little Whispers, Marvin Sipin

The Cliff

First Reading
BAR 5:1-9

Jerusalem, take off your robe of mourning and misery;
put on the splendor of glory from God forever:
wrapped in the cloak of justice from God,
bear on your head the mitre
that displays the glory of the eternal name.
For God will show all the earth your splendor:
you will be named by God forever
the peace of justice, the glory of God’s worship.

Up, Jerusalem! stand upon the heights;
look to the east and see your children
gathered from the east and the west
at the word of the Holy One,
rejoicing that they are remembered by God.
Led away on foot by their enemies they left you:
but God will bring them back to you
borne aloft in glory as on royal thrones.
For God has commanded
that every lofty mountain be made low,
and that the age-old depths and gorges
be filled to level ground,
that Israel may advance secure in the glory of God.
The forests and every fragrant kind of tree
have overshadowed Israel at God’s command;
for God is leading Israel in joy
by the light of his glory,
with his mercy and justice for company.

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 who 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
PHIL 1:4-6, 8-11

Brothers and sisters:
I pray always with joy in my every prayer for all of you,
because of your partnership for the gospel
from the first day until now.
I am confident of this,
that the one who began a good work in you
will continue to complete it
until the day of Christ Jesus.
God is my witness,
how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
And this is my prayer:
that your love may increase ever more and more
in knowledge and every kind of perception,
to discern what is of value,
so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,
filled with the fruit of righteousness
that comes through Jesus Christ
for the glory and praise of God.

Gospel
LK 3:1-6

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar,
when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea,
and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee,
and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region
of Ituraea and Trachonitis,
and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene,
during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas,
the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert.
John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan,
proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,
as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled
and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
The winding roads shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”
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“as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah ‘A voice of one crying out in the desert: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord make straight his paths.” (Luke 3:4)

REFLECTION
I really took my time going up to that side of the cliff. Taking in courage in every step. By the time I got to the jumping point, I stood up for almost 30 minutes, contemplating on the possible consequences. Trying to think of more reasons not to jump.

Can’t help but to compare my experience in Tali beach with Advent. Advent will not be put first in our liturgical calendar without a reason. It is a time to prepare ourselves for the coming of our savior, Jesus Christ.

Just like how I needed to encourage myself to jump, we also need to encourage ourselves to prepare for Jesus’ coming. What are the areas in our lives that can prevent us from seeing and experiencing Christ? Remember that Jesus is a loving God and everything that can hinder us in receiving and sharing His love are the areas that we need to work on.

“Prepare the way of the Lord..”

Then I jumped. The exhilarating feeling after the jump was priceless. In fact, I jumped 3 more times afterwards.

Once we overcome the areas that need changing in our lives, we will encounter Jesus. And I am sure that we will ask for more.

Prayer
Father, may You prepare my heart for the coming of Your only Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Little Whispers, Marvin Sipin

Tama Ka!

First Reading
Gn 13:2, 5-18

Abram was very rich in livestock, silver, and gold.

Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents,
so that the land could not support them if they stayed together;
their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together.
There were quarrels between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock
and those of Lot’s.
(At this time the Canaanites and the Perizzites
were occupying the land.)

So Abram said to Lot:
“Let there be no strife between you and me,
or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are kinsmen.
Is not the whole land at your disposal?
Please separate from me.
If you prefer the left, I will go to the right;
if you prefer the right, I will go to the left.”
Lot looked about and saw how well watered
the whole Jordan Plain was as far as Zoar,
like the LORD’s own garden, or like Egypt.
(This was before the LORD had destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)
Lot, therefore, chose for himself the whole Jordan Plain
and set out eastward.
Thus they separated from each other;
Abram stayed in the land of Canaan,
while Lot settled among the cities of the Plain,
pitching his tents near Sodom.
Now the inhabitants of Sodom were very wicked
in the sins they committed against the LORD.

After Lot had left, the LORD said to Abram:
“Look about you, and from where you are,
gaze to the north and south, east and west;
all the land that you see I will give to you
and your descendants forever.
I will make your descendants like the dust of the earth;
if anyone could count the dust of the earth,
your descendants too might be counted.
Set forth and walk about in the land, through its length and breadth,
for to you I will give it.”
Abram moved his tents and went on to settle
near the terebinth of Mamre, which is at Hebron.
There he built an altar to the LORD.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 15:2-3A, 3BC-4AB, 5
R. (1b) He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.

He who walks blamelessly and does justice;
who thinks the truth in his heart
and slanders not with his tongue.
R. He 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. He 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.
He who does these things
shall never be disturbed.
R. He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.

Gospel
Mt 7:6, 12-14

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine,
lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.
This is the Law and the Prophets.

“Enter through the narrow gate;
for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction,
and those who enter through it are many.
How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.
And those who find it are few.”

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REFLECTION

How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.
And those who find it are few”

The 30,000 pesos was missing. I looked everywhere and retraced my steps but still I couldn’t find it.

This was during my college days when I had an activity in my organization which involved that huge amount. I was so preoccupied with a lot of things that I forgot where I placed the money.

Anxieties filled my body. I knew that I would get an offense and eventually need to pay that amount. Where would I get the money? Would I be in trouble? How would the activity pursue?

I even thought of escaping it by presenting false receipts just to account for the loss.

When I was about to make the decision (and was clinging to the fake receipts plan) I realized that I should be accountable for it and that I should take the consequences since the loss was because of my negligence. Even though I would be reprimanded, I knew that I was doing the right thing.

So I decided not to pursue with the false receipts. Immediately after my decision, my orgmate called and said that he has the money and kept it since he saw it just lying on the table.

Sometimes we do the easy way out just to escape on a certain situation. We either blame others for our own mistakes or always have an excuse. We then are blinded by our false righteousness. But the Lord always calls us to do the right thing even though it’s going to be hard. We just need to accept and let go of all our troubles. Eventually, with His grace, everything will be clear. – Marvin Sipn (marvin.sipin@gmail.com)

PRAYER

Father, teach us to abstain from the popular but immoral decision and help us cling to the principled and right one.

REFLECTION QUESTION

How many right decisions did you do today?

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Liempo

First Reading
Acts 6: 8 – 15 

Stephen, filled with grace and power,
was working great wonders and signs among the people.
Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen,
Cyreneans, and Alexandrians,
and people from Cilicia and Asia,
came forward and debated with Stephen,
but they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.
Then they instigated some men to say,
“We have heard him speaking blasphemous words
against Moses and God.”
They stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes,
accosted him, seized him,
and brought him before the Sanhedrin.
They presented false witnesses who testified,
“This man never stops saying things against this holy place and the law.
For we have heard him claim
that this Jesus the Nazorean will destroy this place
and change the customs that Moses handed down to us.”
All those who sat in the Sanhedrin looked intently at him
and saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 119: 23 – 24, 26 – 27, 29 – 30

R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
Though princes meet and talk against me,
your servant meditates on your statutes.
Yes, your decrees are my delight;
they are my counselors.
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
I declared my ways, and you answered me;
teach me your statutes.
Make me understand the way of your precepts,
and I will meditate on your wondrous deeds.
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
Remove from me the way of falsehood,
and favor me with your law.
The way of truth I have chosen;
I have set your ordinances before me.
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!

Gospel
John 6: 22 – 29

[After Jesus had fed the five thousand men, his disciples saw him walking on the sea.]
The next day, the crowd that remained across the sea
saw that there had been only one boat there,
and that Jesus had not gone along with his disciples in the boat,
but only his disciples had left.
Other boats came from Tiberias
near the place where they had eaten the bread
when the Lord gave thanks.
When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there,
they themselves got into boats
and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
And when they found him across the sea they said to him,
“Rabbi, when did you get here?”
Jesus answered them and said,
“Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me
not because you saw signs
but because you ate the loaves and were filled.
Do not work for food that perishes
but for the food that endures for eternal life,
which the Son of Man will give you.
For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.”
So they said to him,
“What can we do to accomplish the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”

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REFLECTION

“When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus. And when they found him across the sea they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus answered them and said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled.”

One of the best “liempo” I have tasted was the one being served by a stall near my office in Makati.

The rich taste and the tenderness of the pork always makes me ask for more. People would crowd themselves in that stall just to get a bite of that liempo. There was a time when I would always leave the office a few minutes earlier before the lunch break just to be one of the first people in the line. Sometimes if I’m late, I would slip in between that sea of humanity just to acquire my liempo. That’s how I love that liempo, that I would go the extra mile just to have one!

Today’s Gospel is like my liempo experience.

The crowd stood up, got into their boats, and followed Jesus because they themselves experienced the richness and fullness that they could only get from Him. They could have not followed Jesus but because they were satisfied and were filled, they did everything just to have another taste of that contentment.

We have been filled and have been satisfied with all the wonderful things that the Lord has bestowed upon us. Wouldn’t we go the extra mile just to have another taste of that satisfaction and fullness? – Marvin Sipin (mysipin@gmail.com)

PRAYER
Father, you have filled us with genuine happiness and love. Continue to guide us so that we could forever remain in your presence which brings us satisfaction and fullness.

REFLECTION QUESTION
What will you do today to experience God’s love?

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Little Whispers, Marvin Sipin

Negatron

First Reading
Is 58:9B-14

Thus says the LORD:
If you remove from your midst oppression,
false accusation and malicious speech;
If you bestow your bread on the hungry
and satisfy the afflicted;
Then light shall rise for you in the darkness,
and the gloom shall become for you like midday;
Then the LORD will guide you always
and give you plenty even on the parched land.
He will renew your strength,
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring whose water never fails.
The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt for your sake,
and the foundations from ages past you shall raise up;
“Repairer of the breach,” they shall call you,
“Restorer of ruined homesteads.”

If you hold back your foot on the sabbath
from following your own pursuits on my holy day;
If you call the sabbath a delight,
and the LORD’s holy day honorable;
If you honor it by not following your ways,
seeking your own interests, or speaking with maliceB
Then you shall delight in the LORD,
and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth;
I will nourish you with the heritage of Jacob, your father,
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6

R. (11ab) Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth.
Incline your ear, O LORD; answer me,
for I am afflicted and poor.
Keep my life, for I am devoted to you;
save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God.
R. Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth.
Have mercy on me, O Lord,
for to you I call all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant,
for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
R. Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
abounding in kindness to all who call upon you.
Hearken, O LORD, to my prayer
and attend to the sound of my pleading.
R. Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth.

Gospel
Lk 5:27-32

Jesus saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post.
He said to him, “Follow me.”
And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him.
Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house,
and a large crowd of tax collectors
and others were at table with them.
The Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples, saying,
“Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”
Jesus said to them in reply,
“Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.
I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.”

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REFLECTION

“Thus says the LORD: If you remove from your midst oppression, false accusation and malicious speech; If you bestow your bread on the hungry and satisfy the afflicted; light shall rise for you in the darkness, and the gloom shall become for you like midday; Then the LORD will guide you always” – Is 58: 9-11

I have always been an achiever. Always wanted that I’m on top and sees to it that I’m always in control but there was a time when I was shut down.

A few weeks in my new job and I already found myself depressed and overthinking. Bombarded myself with questions like: Why do I always get the easy tasks? Why is my colleague better than me? Why can’t I do my job at my own pace and style? All of these questions building inside my head and resulted to unproductiveness and doubt.

When I couldn’t take it anymore, I realized that I have always been the NEGA-tron in my life because of my personal ambitions and need. That’s when I grasp that the Lord is just pulling me down to the ground so that I could see the path He has in stored for me. Ever since I have accepted this, work suddenly became a breath of fresh air and started to be more light and productive.

Sometimes we are just covered by our own personal ambitions that we forget to see the light that the Lord has shed upon us. He’s just asking us to let go of all of these worldly things and imitate the humility that His Son has taught us. In that manner, we would be able to see where He wants us to go and become. – Marvin Sipn (marvin.sipin@gmail.com)

PRAYER
Lord God, may we do all things not for my personal ambitions but for your sake. Give me a contented heart and bestow humility upon me so that I could walk in your truth.

REFLECTION QUESTION
How will you see the light of God today?

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The Harry Experience

First Reading
Heb 5:1-10

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.

In the days when he was in the Flesh,
he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears
to the one who was able to save him from death,
and he was heard because of his reverence.
Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered;
and when he was made perfect,
he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 110:1, 2, 3, 4

R.(4b) You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.
The LORD said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand
till I make your enemies your footstool.”
R. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.
The scepter of your power the LORD will stretch forth from Zion:
“Rule in the midst of your enemies.”
R. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.
“Yours is princely power in the day of your birth, in holy splendor;
before the daystar, like the dew, I have begotten you.”
R. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.
The LORD has sworn, and he will not repent:
“You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.”
R. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.

Gospel
Mk 2:18-22

The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast.
People came to Jesus and objected,
“Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast,
but your disciples do not fast?”
Jesus answered them,
“Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them?
As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast.
But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
and then they will fast on that day.
No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak.
If he does, its fullness pulls away,
the new from the old, and the tear gets worse.
Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins,
and both the wine and the skins are ruined.
Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.”

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REFLECTION

Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast.” – Mk 2:19

Wingardium Leviosa is one of the most memorable spells in the Harry Potter series. I am and forever will be a Potterhead. I had to tell a lie to my mom back then just to watch the 1st installation in the cinema, and I watched the movie alone. I even created a wand out of drinking straw the next day and brought it around school!

Ever since then, I’ve imagined that I’m part of that magical world. That I would be in the Ravenclaw House and that I would enter the Tri-wizard tournament. I would be a beater in Quidditch and also have a Nimbus 2000. That I would be able to acquire the Marauder’s map and spot Professor Dumbledore in his study. Or put on the invisibility cloak and wander around the forbidden forest.

Together with the other Potter fanatics out there, I became anxious as the series was coming to an end. When I saw the final movie, I felt mixed emotions of awe and sorrow. Awe because the movie was beautifully done and sorrow because it was all over. I can say that I maximized the “Harry Experience” to my advantage while it lasted. And now that it’s over, all I can do is recall how Harry, Hermione, and Ron changed my life. All is well.

Today’s gospel teaches us to enjoy and savor every moment we have. It is a celebration of life. God wants us to maximize every experience we have while it lasts; he wants us to live and to live life beautifully. So do not be afraid to try new things: turn right instead of a left, bungee jump, read the Harry Potter series. All that matters to God is that you tried and you had fun in the process without worries. Then recall in every moment how God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit changed your life. Eventually you can say “All is well.” – Marvin Sipin (marvin.sipin@gmail.com)

 

PRAYER
Lord God, today I will do something new. I will enjoy everything that I do. Teach me to live life to the fullest and to explore the wonders of your creation.

REFLECTION QUESTION
Can you genuinely say that “All is well” in your life right now?

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Promise

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
“Whoever listens to you listens to me.” -Luke 10:16

“Are you sure?”

This was my reply to Pia when she informed me that I was chosen to do the Friday reflections for God Speaks for the months of August and September.

I was hesitant because I am not a good writer or a good storyteller. I’m just good in blurting out funny antics or impromptu acts. I didn’t want to do it because I didn’t trust myself in spreading the word of God in that way.
But despite my hesitations, I didn’t want to pass out the privilege to spread the Word of God since it was Him who appointed me to do this.

So I accepted the task and wrote my reflections for God Speaks.

There were times when I felt the burden for writing since I had to make time for it despite my busy schedule. At times, the readings were too hard to interpret that I can’t write a reflection at all. There were also times that I needed to rephrase or edit the reflection that I sent. But what can I do? It’s all part of it.

Every time I see and read my reflections online, I feel amazed because my work had been published! What amazes me more is the fact that there are many people who read it as well. To top it all off, I really feel contented when one or two readers affirm me for my reflection.

The stress and the struggles I have encountered in doing the reflections just disappeared like that. I feel light, satisfied, and blessed.

We are all called by God to be His stewards, His storytellers, His right hand, and His disciples every day. Though it may be hard for us because it is not our forte, always remember that it is not us who are working but it is Him who is working His wonders through us.

God speaks to us every day in every way, to be in the forefront of his army so that He can speak to all of His people. Believe in your capability to do his wonders because He believes in you. Promise! – Marvin Sipin

Prayer:
Father God, the next time that you will speak to us to appoint us to be your stewards, we will immediately say yes for we know that you’re there beside us to make your wonders.

Little Whispers, Marvin Sipin

Chill!

Reading 1
Hg 2:1-9

In the second year of King Darius,
on the twenty-first day of the seventh month,
the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai:
Tell this to the governor of Judah,
Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel,
and to the high priest Joshua, son of Jehozadak,
and to the remnant of the people:

Who is left among you
that saw this house in its former glory?
And how do you see it now?
Does it not seem like nothing in your eyes?
But now take courage, Zerubbabel, says the LORD,
and take courage, Joshua, high priest, son of Jehozadak,
And take courage, all you people of the land,
says the LORD, and work!
For I am with you, says the LORD of hosts.
This is the pact that I made with you
when you came out of Egypt,
And my spirit continues in your midst;
do not fear!
For thus says the LORD of hosts:
One moment yet, a little while,
and I will shake the heavens and the earth,
the sea and the dry land.
I will shake all the nations,
and the treasures of all the nations will come in,
And I will fill this house with glory,
says the LORD of hosts.
Mine is the silver and mine the gold,
says the LORD of hosts.
Greater will be the future glory of this house
than the former, says the LORD of hosts;
And in this place I will give you peace,
says the LORD of hosts!

Responsorial
Psalm Ps 43:1, 2, 3, 4
R. (5) Hope in God; I will praise him, my savior and my God.

Do me justice, O God, and fight my fight
against a faithless people;
from the deceitful and impious man rescue me.
R. Hope in God; I will praise him, my savior and my God.
For you, O God, are my strength.
Why do you keep me so far away?
Why must I go about in mourning,
with the enemy oppressing me?
R. Hope in God; I will praise him, my savior and my God.
Send forth your light and your fidelity;
they shall lead me on
And bring me to your holy mountain,
to your dwelling place.
R. Hope in God; I will praise him, my savior and my God.
Then will I go in to the altar of God,
the God of my gladness and joy;
Then will I give you thanks upon the harp,
O God, my God!
R. Hope in God; I will praise him, my savior and my God.

Gospel
Lk 9:18-22

Once when Jesus was praying in solitude,
and the disciples were with him,
he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”
They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah;
still others, “One of the ancient prophets has arisen.””
Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Peter said in reply, “The Christ of God.”
He rebuked them and directed them not to tell this to anyone.

He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.”
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REFLECTION
“He said, ‘The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised..’” -Lk 9:22

I was a varsity player in volleyball when I was in High School. I remember during a crucial game, my teammates and I didn’t perform well, meaning, we lost! Naturally, our coach was very mad. He said to me “Alam mo Marvin, Pilyo ka sa labas pero sa court duwag ka! Pilyong Duwag ka!”

That line recurred to me every minute of everyday since then. I wanted to prove to my coach that I wasn’t a Pilyong Duwag. I strived more during trainings and saw to it that I would do an extra mile just to redeem myself.

Game day arrived. We were against the team who defeated us before. With all the hard work and encouraging lines that our coach blurted out, all these to no avail. We still lost! But our team performed better compared to our first game. After the game, I approached my coach and said to him “Hindi na ako Pilyong Duwag, Coach.” He smiled and affirmed me for not giving up.

After that year, I was assigned to be the Captain ball of the team.

Life will throw to us many challenges every day. These challenges may come in different forms, may it be in school, work, family, relationships, finances, personal, etc. but despite this, we should learn to accept everything just like how Christ accepted His situation and purpose. It didn’t slow Him down nor did it make Him abandon His task. Instead, He looked forward to the 3rd day, the day of the resurrection, the day that He will be back in his father’s arms.
If we are in the verge of giving up with the challenges that life is throwing at us, remember that the 3rd day will come. We might need to experience more pain or troubles but the 3rd day will definitely come. Let us just wait for the plan of the Lord to be redeemed in us. Believe that He will give us our 3rd day.

Chill ka lang! The 3rd day will come. -Marvin Sipin. YLSS#21

Prayer:
Awesome God, we are experiencing a lot lately. Help us endure everything and make us not stop living. Make us accept reality so that we can “chill” while waiting for you marvelous plan for us.