Little Whispers, Pia Suiza

Climb To The Top

First Reading
PRV 9:1-6

Wisdom has built her house,
she has set up her seven columns;
she has dressed her meat, mixed her wine,
yes, she has spread her table.
She has sent out her maidens; she calls
from the heights out over the city:
“Let whoever is simple turn in here;
To the one who lacks understanding, she says,
Come, eat of my food,
and drink of the wine I have mixed!
Forsake foolishness that you may live;
advance in the way of understanding.”

Responsorial Psalm
PS 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
R. (9a) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
Glorify the LORD with me,
let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Second Reading
EPH 5:15-20

Brothers and sisters:
Watch carefully how you live,
not as foolish persons but as wise,
making the most of the opportunity,
because the days are evil.
Therefore, do not continue in ignorance,
but try to understand what is the will of the Lord.
And do not get drunk on wine, in which lies debauchery,
but be filled with the Spirit,
addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing and playing to the Lord in your hearts,
giving thanks always and for everything
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.

Gospel
JN 6:51-58

Jesus said to the crowds:
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is my flesh for the life of the world.”

The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
“How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day.
For my flesh is true food,
and my blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
remains in me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me
and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on me
will have life because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever eats this bread will live forever.”


pray

“Therefore, do not continue in ignorance, but try to understand what is the will of the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:17)

REFLECTION

Prayer is my constant struggle. Ever since I learned how to clasp my hands together, close my eyes, and whisper a line or two, being consistent has always been difficult.

My mind wanders off to another place.

I forget to pray for days.

I would sin so I’ll be too shy to even make the sign of the cross.

I can’t find the right words to use.

Then I get frustrated because of all these scenarios, so I end up not praying at all!

It would be easier to just stop trying all together and stay ignorant, right? But then I ask myself, what is God teaching me?

The answer: He is teaching me to pursue Him.

Just like in loving someone, prayer is a decision. Pray if you’re happy, pray if you’re sad. When you’re mad, glad, frustrated, moody, excited, hurting, or lost, pray the same. Whether you’re hurting, raging, hating, or sinning, still pray! Easy? Far from it. But I’m accepting the challenge.

Persevering in difficulty in pursuit of God’s will means learning how to reach higher and climb harder out of the pit you dug yourself in. If, still, you find yourself far from the top, then you just have to try harder until you get there! This way, God sees your heart. So when you finally reach the top and overcome the difficulty of the journey, He hugs you with pride and grants you the peace of mind and heart you have been searching for.

God never said it would be easy, but what He promised us is that it will be worth it.

So whatever it is you are struggling with right now, reach higher, climb harder! You’ll overcome and get to the top eventually. How do I know? Because God’s will for you is to be fully, genuinely, and exceedingly happy. No questions asked. (Pia Angelica Suiza, YLSS#22)

Prayer

Lord, set my eyes only on You. Grant me the strength and wisdom to follow you especially during difficult times. You are all I hope for, Jesus. Your Will be done upon me. Amen.

 

Little Whispers, Pia Suiza

IT’S OKAY TO BE NOT OKAY

First Reading

Acts 14:19-28

In those days, some Jews from Antioch and Iconium
arrived and won over the crowds.
They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city,
supposing that he was dead.
But when the disciples gathered around him,
he got up and entered the city.
On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.After they had proclaimed the good news to that city
and made a considerable number of disciples,
they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch.
They strengthened the spirits of the disciples
and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying,
“It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships
to enter the Kingdom of God.”
They appointed presbyters for them in each Church and,
with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lord
in whom they had put their faith.
Then they traveled through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia.
After proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia.
From there they sailed to Antioch,
where they had been commended to the grace of God
for the work they had now accomplished.
And when they arrived, they called the Church together
and reported what God had done with them
and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.
Then they spent no little time with the disciples.

Responsorial Psalm

Psalms 145:10-11, 12-13AB, 21

R. (see 12) Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
or:
R. Alleluia.
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.
or:
R. Alleluia.
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.
or:
R. Alleluia.
May my mouth speak the praise of the LORD,
and may all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.
R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Alleluia

See Luke 24:46, 26

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Christ had to suffer and to rise from the dead,
and so enter into his glory.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel

John 14:27-31A

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me tell you,
‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’
If you loved me,
you would rejoice that I am going to the Father;
for the Father is greater than I.
And now I have told you this before it happens,
so that when it happens you may believe.
I will no longer speak much with you,
for the ruler of the world is coming.
He has no power over me,
but the world must know that I love the Father
and that I do just as the Father has commanded me.”
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PS

“Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.’”

REFLECTION

I have been self-employed for more than a year already. Which means, for more than a year, I have been wracking my brains for more and more ideas on how to build and sustain my craft business at the same time provide for my own needs.

I have cried myself to sleep so many times because of frustration, doubting if my goals are even worth it. I question myself so often that it feels like I’m actually talking to another person–Am I even good enough for this? Am I talented enough? Is this really my passion? Am I just wasting my time? Oh no! If I am, then what should I really be doing instead?!—and my thoughts go on and on. It’s terrifying!

So at the end of each day, I allow myself to be silenced in prayer. I ask God all my nagging questions, whining like a little kid asking for cotton candy. Then when I’m done talking, the miracle starts.

God flashes a comforting smile and says, “so, ok ka na?”

I nod back and smile at Him.

He says, “Great! Now take a deep breath and let’s get back to work, Pia. We have a dream to fulfill.”

When things don’t unfold the way we expect it to, God doesn’t expect us to be all smiles. That’s just weird! He expects us to feel sad, frustrated, and even mad. But today, He reminds us that it should not end there because He is on our side. “Peace be with you” is God’s way of saying “take a deep breath and trust me. We can do this!”

-Pia Suiza (piasuiza@yahoo.com)

Prayer:

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders. Let me walk upon the waters, wherever You would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander, and my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior. (Oceans by Hillsong)

 

Reflection Question:

How is God present in my struggles?

Photo from Pia Suiza

Little Whispers, Pia Suiza

Boxed Love

First Reading
1 Thes 2:1-8

You yourselves know, brothers and sisters,
that our reception among you was not without effect.
Rather, after we had suffered and been insolently treated,
as you know, in Philippi,
we drew courage through our God
to speak to you the Gospel of God with much struggle.
Our exhortation was not from delusion or impure motives,
nor did it work through deception.
But as we were judged worthy by God to be entrusted with the Gospel,
that is how we speak,
not as trying to please men,
but rather God, who judges our hearts.
Nor, indeed, did we ever appear with flattering speech, as you know,
or with a pretext for greed–God is witness–
nor did we seek praise from men,
either from you or from others,
although we were able to impose our weight as Apostles of Christ.
Rather, we were gentle among you,
as a nursing mother cares for her children.
With such affection for you, we were determined to share with you
not only the Gospel of God, but our very selves as well,
so dearly beloved had you become to us.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 139:1-3, 4-6
R. (1) You have searched me and you know me, Lord.

O LORD, you have probed me and you know me;
you know when I sit and when I stand;
you understand my thoughts from afar.
My journeys and my rest you scrutinize,
with all my ways you are familiar.
R. You have searched me and you know me, Lord.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O LORD, you know the whole of it.
Behind me and before, you hem me in
and rest your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
too lofty for me to attain.
R. You have searched me and you know me, Lord.

Gospel
Mt 23:23-26

Jesus said:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin,
and have neglected the weightier things of the law:
judgment and mercy and fidelity.
But these you should have done, without neglecting the others.
Blind guides, who strain out the gnat and swallow the camel!

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You cleanse the outside of cup and dish,
but inside they are full of plunder and self-indulgence.
Blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup,
so that the outside also may be clean.”
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Trapped in a box

REFLECTION

“You pay tithes of mint and dill and cumin and have neglected the weightier things of the law: judgment and mercy and fidelity.” Mt 23:23

The most important realizations always come from unexpected circumstances.

One night, as I was walking to the MRT station after work, a man approached me. He looked like he was in his early 50’s. He was dressed neatly with just an umbrella on hand—no bag or any other items.

He said he accidentally lost his money and couldn’t go home.

“Miss, pasensya ka na ha. Hihingi lang sana ako ng tulong sayo. Nawala ko yung pera ko kaya hindi ako makauwi. Baka pwede mo akong tulungan.”

I stopped walking. Feeling both afraid and annoyed, I started questioning him to test if he was telling the truth.

“Bakit nawala?”

“Saan ka ba pupunta?”

“Magkano ba kailangan mo?”

He said he needed 67 pesos to get home. I told him “Ang laki naman!”

I gave him 20 pesos instead and walked away.

As I passed him, he lowered his head in helplessness and shame.

I felt so bad while I was walking away. I thought to myself, “what if he really needed that money? What if he, honest to goodness, needed the exact amount of 67 pesos to get home? Why didn’t I help him? Jesus would have given him a thousand pesos on the spot, no questions asked!”

I became a short-changed miracle to that man. Why? Because I chose to do “what should be done” rather than “what He would do.”

You see, as humans, all of us operate with “boxed love”. We love the things we know how to love in a manner we know how—everything else outside the “boxed system of loving” becomes very difficult…and confusing. But God reminds us today to return to what’s important, what’s simple, what’s authentic. He reminds us of our heavenly mission — to look into the heart of every person, to reach out to every soul, to go beyond our “boxed love” so we can be more like Him. Remember, God’s love saved you and me. Maybe it’s time we also saved each other by loving more. -Pia Angelica Suiza (piasuiza@yahoo.com)

Prayer

My God of compassion and perfect love, I pray that you teach my heart to be more like you today. Let your radiance shine through me so that everyone I meet may be reminded of your great love and mercy for them. I submit myself to you. Make me less of me and more of you. Amen.

 

Reflection Question

Do I love the way God wants me to?

Little Whispers, Pia Suiza

Are You At Peace?

First Reading
Acts 15: 1 – 2, 22 – 29

Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers,
“Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice,
you cannot be saved.”
Because there arose no little dissension and debate
by Paul and Barnabas with them,
it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the others
should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders
about this question.

The apostles and elders, in agreement with the whole church,
decided to choose representatives
and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas.
The ones chosen were Judas, who was called Barsabbas,
and Silas, leaders among the brothers.
This is the letter delivered by them:

“The apostles and the elders, your brothers,
to the brothers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia
of Gentile origin: greetings.
Since we have heard that some of our number
who went out without any mandate from us
have upset you with their teachings
and disturbed your peace of mind,
we have with one accord decided to choose representatives
and to send them to you along with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
who have dedicated their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So we are sending Judas and Silas
who will also convey this same message by word of mouth:
‘It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us
not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities,
namely, to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols,
from blood, from meats of strangled animals,
and from unlawful marriage.
If you keep free of these,
you will be doing what is right. Farewell.’”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 67: 2 – 3, 5, 6, 8

R. (4) O God, let all the nations praise you!
May God have pity on us and bless us;
may he let his face shine upon us.
So may your way be known upon earth;
among all nations, your salvation.
R. O God, let all the nations praise you!
May the nations be glad and exult
because you rule the peoples in equity;
the nations on the earth you guide.
R. O God, let all the nations praise you!
May the peoples praise you, O God;
may all the peoples praise you!
May God bless us,
and may all the ends of the earth fear him!
R. O God, let all the nations praise you!

Second Reading
Rev 21: 10 – 14, 22 – 23
The angel 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 Israelites.
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.

I saw no temple in the city
for its temple is the Lord God almighty and the Lamb.
The city had no need of sun or moon to shine on it,
for the glory of God gave it light,
and its lamp was the Lamb.

Gospel

John 14: 23 – 29

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
Whoever does not love me does not keep my words;
yet the word you hear is not mine
but that of the Father who sent me.

“I have told you this while I am with you.
The Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything
and remind you of all that I told you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me tell you,
‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’
If you loved me,
you would rejoice that I am going to the Father;
for the Father is greater than I.
And now I have told you this before it happens,
so that when it happens you may believe.”

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May 5

REFLECTION

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” Jn 14:27

Stop whatever you are doing and answer this question.

Do you fuss over every detail in your life? Do these following questions sound familiar?

“So what now?”

“Can my family still be fixed?”

“What if I don’t get in my dream school?”

“Is there a cure?”

“Will I get over this?”

“Wwwwwhhhhhhyyyyy?!”

Today, the Lord tells you, “Chill. I know what I’m doing.”

A peaceful life doesn’t mean the absence of trouble, but the presence of Christ. Lift up to God the things that you don’t understand, the situations you can’t control, and all the fears that come with it. Allow Him to embrace you today as He reminds you that He is God for a reason. He’s got your back, child! So cut down on worries and load up on faith. He knows what He’s doing. –Pia Angelica Suiza (piasuiza@yahoo.com)

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Little Whispers, Pia Suiza

Find A Trail

First Reading
Jer 20:10-13

I hear the whisperings of many:
“Terror on every side!
Denounce! let us denounce him!”
All those who were my friends
are on the watch for any misstep of mine.
“Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail,
and take our vengeance on him.”
But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion:
my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.
In their failure they will be put to utter shame,
to lasting, unforgettable confusion.
O LORD of hosts, you who test the just,
who probe mind and heart,
Let me witness the vengeance you take on them,
for to you I have entrusted my cause.
Sing to the LORD,
praise the LORD,
For he has rescued the life of the poor
from the power of the wicked!

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 18:2-3A, 3BC-4, 5-6, 7

R. (see 7) In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.
I love you, O LORD, my strength,
O LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.
R. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.
My God, my rock of refuge,
my shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold!
Praised be the LORD, I exclaim,
and I am safe from my enemies.
R. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.
The breakers of death surged round about me,
the destroying floods overwhelmed me;
The cords of the nether world enmeshed me,
the snares of death overtook me.
R. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.
In my distress I called upon the LORD
and cried out to my God;
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry to him reached his ears.
R. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.

Gospel
Jn 10:31-42

The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus.
Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from my Father.
For which of these are you trying to stone me?”
The Jews answered him,
“We are not stoning you for a good work but for blasphemy.
You, a man, are making yourself God.”
Jesus answered them,
“Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, ‘You are gods”‘?
If it calls them gods to whom the word of God came,
and Scripture cannot be set aside,
can you say that the one
whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world
blasphemes because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?
If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me;
but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me,
believe the works, so that you may realize and understand
that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”
Then they tried again to arrest him;
but he escaped from their power.

He went back across the Jordan
to the place where John first baptized, and there he remained.
Many came to him and said,
“John performed no sign,
but everything John said about this man was true.”
And many there began to believe in him.

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march 22

REFLECTION

But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” John 10:38

I have felt stuck many times in my walk with Jesus.

Idle. No movement. Dry.

Praying didn’t feel like how it used to. Service was a task to be done. Going to mass was just a ritual.

There were times when I didn’t see the point.

But then, it never fails, God would always bring me back to the very root of my relationship with Him, which is love. He opens my eyes to the great things He has done in my life and through these victories, He slowly renews my spirit.

The Gospel reminds us that if you can’t find God, trace His hand. Set up a trail of blessings to remind you that God never abandons and He knows your every need. –Pia Suiza (piasuiza@yahoo.com)

PRAYER
Lord, open my eyes to all the great things you are doing in my life. May I recognize your hand as You lead me to your presence.

REFLECTION
What are the works of God in your life today?

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Little Whispers, Pia Suiza

Pocket of Happiness

First Reading
Heb 11: 32 – 40

Brothers and sisters:
What more shall I say?
I have not time to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah,
of David and Samuel and the prophets,
who by faith conquered kingdoms,
did what was righteous, obtained the promises;
they closed the mouths of lions, put out raging fires,
escaped the devouring sword;
out of weakness they were made powerful, became strong in battle,
and turned back foreign invaders.
Women received back their dead through resurrection.
Some were tortured and would not accept deliverance,
in order to obtain a better resurrection.
Others endured mockery, scourging, even chains and imprisonment.
They were stoned, sawed in two, put to death at sword’s point;
they went about in skins of sheep or goats,
needy, afflicted, tormented.
The world was not worthy of them.
They wandered about in deserts and on mountains,
in caves and in crevices in the earth.

Yet all these, though approved because of their faith,
did not receive what had been promised.
God had foreseen something better for us,
so that without us they should not be made perfect.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 31: 20 – 24

R.Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.
How great is the goodness, O LORD,
which you have in store for those who fear you,
And which, toward those who take refuge in you,
you show in the sight of the children of men.
R. Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.
You hide them in the shelter of your presence
from the plottings of men;
You screen them within your abode
from the strife of tongues.
R. Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.
Blessed be the LORD whose wondrous mercy
he has shown me in a fortified city.
R. Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.
Once I said in my anguish,
“I am cut off from your sight”;
Yet you heard the sound of my pleading
when I cried out to you.
R. Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.
Love the LORD, all you his faithful ones!
The LORD keeps those who are constant,
but more than requites those who act proudly.
R. Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.

Gospel
Mk 5: 1 – 20

Jesus and his disciples came to the other side of the sea,
to the territory of the Gerasenes.
When he got out of the boat,
at once a man from the tombs who had an unclean spirit met him.
The man had been dwelling among the tombs,
and no one could restrain him any longer, even with a chain.
In fact, he had frequently been bound with shackles and chains,
but the chains had been pulled apart by him and the shackles smashed,
and no one was strong enough to subdue him.
Night and day among the tombs and on the hillsides
he was always crying out and bruising himself with stones.
Catching sight of Jesus from a distance,
he ran up and prostrated himself before him,
crying out in a loud voice,
“What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?
I adjure you by God, do not torment me!”
(He had been saying to him, “Unclean spirit, come out of the man!”)
He asked him, “What is your name?”
He replied, “Legion is my name. There are many of us.”
And he pleaded earnestly with him
not to drive them away from that territory.

Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside.
And they pleaded with him,
“Send us into the swine. Let us enter them.”
And he let them, and the unclean spirits came out and entered the swine.
The herd of about two thousand rushed down a steep bank into the sea,
where they were drowned.
The swineherds ran away and reported the incident in the town
and throughout the countryside.
And people came out to see what had happened.
As they approached Jesus,
they caught sight of the man who had been possessed by Legion,
sitting there clothed and in his right mind.
And they were seized with fear.
Those who witnessed the incident explained to them what had happened
to the possessed man and to the swine.
Then they began to beg him to leave their district.
As he was getting into the boat,
the man who had been possessed pleaded to remain with him.
But Jesus would not permit him but told him instead,
“Go home to your family and announce to them
all that the Lord in his pity has done for you.”
Then the man went off and began to proclaim in the Decapolis
what Jesus had done for him; and all were amazed.

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Feb 4 GS

REFLECTION

 “…yet none of them received what had been promised,since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.” He 11:39-40

January of last year, thousands of stars welcomed me in Kalibo, Aklan.  Cruising aback a pickup truck, I closed my eyes to seize the moment. The wind was cold and gentle as it brushed through my face. Complemented by the laughter of my good friends in the background, everything was just perfect. Recovering from a breakup, at that moment, I just wanted time to stop so I can stay and marvel longer in the comfort of that instant. Eventually, the truck stopped when we got to our destination.

Everything in our world is temporary; emotions, memories, thoughts. God did not make the world this way because He’s selfish with His blessings, but because He wants us to look forward to the perfect and eternal happiness which only He can give when we are in His paradise. He has planned something greater for all of us, so grand that even our imagination cannot reach. The happiness He is to give cannot be contained by the world, it’s that big! But while we are still here on earth, God gives us pockets of happiness to remind us of His promise that something better is to be fulfilled in His perfect time. My friend in God, He loves you so much that He would instruct the wind to kiss you on the face at a time you most need it. Hang in there. He knows your every need. –Pia Angelica Suiza (piasuiza@yahoo.com)

PRAYER
Lord, help me see the pockets of happiness you place in my life. Thank you, Jesus, in advance for all the blessings that are still to come. Amen.

REFLECTION QUESTION
How did God bless you today?

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Little Whispers, Pia Suiza

Don’t Lose Your Pizzazz!

First Reading
Zec 8:1-8

This word of the LORD of hosts came:

Thus says the LORD of hosts:

I am intensely jealous for Zion,
stirred to jealous wrath for her.
Thus says the LORD:
I will return to Zion,
and I will dwell within Jerusalem;
Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city,
and the mountain of the LORD of hosts,
the holy mountain.

Thus says the LORD of hosts: Old men and old women,
each with staff in hand because of old age,
shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem.
The city shall be filled with boys and girls playing in its streets.
Thus says the LORD of hosts:
Even if this should seem impossible
in the eyes of the remnant of this people,
shall it in those days be impossible in my eyes also,
says the LORD of hosts?
Thus says the LORD of hosts:
Lo, I will rescue my people from the land of the rising sun,
and from the land of the setting sun.
I will bring them back to dwell within Jerusalem.
They shall be my people, and I will be their God,
with faithfulness and justice.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 102:16-18, 19-21, 29 and 22-23
R. (17) The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.

The nations shall revere your name, O LORD,
and all the kings of the earth your glory,
When the LORD has rebuilt Zion
and appeared in his glory;
When he has regarded the prayer of the destitute,
and not despised their prayer.
R. The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.
Let this be written for the generation to come,
and let his future creatures praise the LORD:
“The LORD looked down from his holy height,
from heaven he beheld the earth,
To hear the groaning of the prisoners,
to release those doomed to die.”
R. The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.
The children of your servants shall abide,
and their posterity shall continue in your presence.
That the name of the LORD may be declared in Zion;
and his praise, in Jerusalem,
When the peoples gather together,
and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.
R. The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.

Gospel
Lk 9:46-50

An argument arose among the disciples
about which of them was the greatest.
Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child
and placed it by his side and said to them,
“Whoever receives this child in my name receives me,
and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.
For the one who is least among all of you
is the one who is the greatest.”

Then John said in reply,
“Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name
and we tried to prevent him
because he does not follow in our company.”
Jesus said to him,
“Do not prevent him, for whoever is not against you is for you.”
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REFLECTION
“An argument arose among the disciples about which of them was the greatest. Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child and placed it by his side.” -Lk 9:46-47

My one-year-old nephew loves to laugh! He has a big heart that’s filled with excitement and joy. Just the simplest “boo!” or “Hi, Gwapong Gabby”, automatically, he will give you his cutest and most genuine smile followed by a full laugh!

Wow. Just the thought of my nephew’s pizzazz can take my stress and tiredness away after a long day.

Pizzazz is a combination of energy and style. It is an informal word that describes a vigorous spirit, flair, or excitement. This is how the Lord wants you to live and serve everyday, with pizzazz!

He has called you to serve Him not to burden you or to make your life more difficult. Instead, He wants you to live a full and happy life.

In everything that you do, He wants you to be excited! He wants you to be excited to serve in the YLSS, in the YE, in outreach programs. He wants you to be pumped up when you speak or play for Him. He wants you to be extra driven in following His directions even though it takes a lot more effort. The Lord wants you to be excited and move to action. Period.

Sometimes we do things to compete or to outshine others. Today, the Lord reminds us that it’s not about who is best but who has a pure heart that is humble like a child. Everything should be excellent for the Lord, yes, but if the intentions are wrong, it won’t matter.

Pump up your adrenalin for serving Him and never lose that pizzazz! Serve with style means excitement with excellence. Just the perfect combination to take the stress and tiredness of our Lord’s long day! –Pia Suiza. YLSS#22