Little Whispers, Renzo Sy

My Lifeline

First Reading
Acts 2:14, 22-33
Then Peter stood up with the Eleven,
raised his voice, and proclaimed:
“You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem.
Let this be known to you, and listen to my words.
You who are Israelites, hear these words.
Jesus the Nazarene was a man commended to you by God
with mighty deeds, wonders, and signs,
which God worked through him in your midst, as you yourselves know.
This man, delivered up by the set plan and foreknowledge of God,
you killed, using lawless men to crucify him.
But God raised him up, releasing him from the throes of death,
because it was impossible for him to be held by it.
For David says of him:
I saw the Lord ever before me,
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
Therefore my heart has been glad and my tongue has exulted;
my flesh, too, will dwell in hope,
because you will not abandon my soul to the netherworld,
nor will you suffer your holy one to see corruption.
You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence.

“My brothers, one can confidently say to you
about the patriarch David that he died and was buried,
and his tomb is in our midst to this day.
But since he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn an oath to him
that he would set one of his descendants upon his throne,
he foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ,
that neither was he abandoned to the netherworld
nor did his flesh see corruption.
God raised this Jesus;
of this we are all witnesses.
Exalted at the right hand of God,
he received the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father
and poured him forth, as you see and hear.”

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
R. (11a) Lord, you will show us the path of life.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
I say to the LORD, “My Lord are you.”
O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
you it is who hold fast my lot.
R. Lord, you will show us the path of life.
or:
R. Alleluia.
I bless the LORD who counsels me;
even in the night my heart exhorts me.
I set the LORD ever before me;
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
R. Lord, you will show us the path of life.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
my body, too, abides in confidence;
because you will not abandon my soul to the netherworld,
nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.
R. Lord, you will show us the path of life.
or:
R. Alleluia.
You will show me the path to life,
abounding joy in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.
R. Lord, you will show us the path of life.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Second Reading
1 Peter 1:17-21
Beloved:
If you invoke as Father him who judges impartially
according to each one’s works,
conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your sojourning,
realizing that you were ransomed from your futile conduct,
handed on by your ancestors,
not with perishable things like silver or gold
but with the precious blood of Christ
as of a spotless unblemished lamb.

He was known before the foundation of the world
but revealed in the final time for you,
who through him believe in God
who raised him from the dead and gave him glory,
so that your faith and hope are in God.

Gospel
Luke 24:13-35
That very day, the first day of the week,
two of Jesus’ disciples were going
to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,
and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.
And it happened that while they were conversing and debating,
Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.
He asked them,
“What are you discussing as you walk along?”
They stopped, looking downcast.
One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply,
“Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem
who does not know of the things
that have taken place there in these days?”
And he replied to them, “What sort of things?”
They said to him,
“The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene,
who was a prophet mighty in deed and word
before God and all the people,
how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over
to a sentence of death and crucified him.
But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel;
and besides all this,
it is now the third day since this took place.
Some women from our group, however, have astounded us:
they were at the tomb early in the morning
and did not find his body;
they came back and reported
that they had indeed seen a vision of angels
who announced that he was alive.
Then some of those with us went to the tomb
and found things just as the women had described,
but him they did not see.”
And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are!
How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!
Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things
and enter into his glory?”
Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets,
he interpreted to them what referred to him
in all the Scriptures.
As they approached the village to which they were going,
he gave the impression that he was going on farther.
But they urged him, “Stay with us,
for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.”
So he went in to stay with them.
And it happened that, while he was with them at table,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and gave it to them.
With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,
but he vanished from their sight.
Then they said to each other,
“Were not our hearts burning within us
while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”
So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem
where they found gathered together
the eleven and those with them who were saying,
“The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!”
Then the two recounted
what had taken place on the way
and how he was made known to them in the breaking of bread.


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“I saw the Lord ever before me, with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. Therefore my heart has been glad and my tongue has exulted; my flesh, too, will dwell in hope…” (Acts 2:25-26)

REFLECTION
My sister is one of my greatest blessings in life right now. I never expected that the person who would know me 100% from top to bottom was just next door. She knows how my mind works and how I handle my thoughts and emotions. She knows how my mind tends to always dwell in the future and how I project the worst scenario that a situation will bring. She was there with me during my most anxious of times. She knows that all about my paranoia in terms of health, work, being stressed, and the future in general. She knows what to say, what to do, and how to comfort me during my breakdowns.

Being called for a greater purpose and mission, she had to leave the country for greener pastures. I have always had regrets not being more open to her during the days when she was still near. Now that she is saving more lives, being a front liner, and a superhero to many, she has given me a greater sense of optimism and a greater outlook of things. She reminds me that I am not alone with my insecurities and my anxious thoughts. She makes me feel whole and accepts me for who I am like no other person can. I found my peace in her. I saw Christ in her. 

Dear friends, Jesus will always find a way to crash through the walls of your heart. He manifests His love in the most unexpected way, for no one can know you better and love you stronger than Christ Himself.

Prayer
Dear Jesus, I thank you for every person who has made me into who I am today. I’m sorry for sometimes failing to see the most obvious blessings you give me. I am Yours. You are mine. Amen.

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Little Whispers, Renzo Sy

Merry Christ-mass

First Reading
IS 62:1-5

For Zion’s sake I will not be silent,
for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet,
until her vindication shines forth like the dawn
and her victory like a burning torch.

Nations shall behold your vindication,
and all the kings your glory;
you shall be called by a new name
pronounced by the mouth of the LORD.
You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the LORD,
a royal diadem held by your God.
No more shall people call you “Forsaken,”
or your land “Desolate,”
but you shall be called “My Delight,”
and your land “Espoused.”
For the LORD delights in you
and makes your land his spouse.
As a young man marries a virgin,
your Builder shall marry you;
and as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride
so shall your God rejoice in you.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 89:4-5, 16-17, 27, 29
R. (2a) For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to David my servant:
Forever will I confirm your posterity
and establish your throne for all generations.
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
Blessed the people who know the joyful shout;
in the light of your countenance, O LORD, they walk.
At your name they rejoice all the day,
and through your justice they are exalted.
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
He shall say of me, “You are my father,
my God, the rock, my savior.”
Forever I will maintain my kindness toward him,
and my covenant with him stands firm.
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

Second Reading
ACTS 13:16-17, 22-25

When Paul reached Antioch in Pisidia and entered the synagogue,
he stood up, motioned with his hand, and said,
“Fellow Israelites and you others who are God-fearing, listen.
The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors
and exalted the people during their sojourn in the
land of Egypt.
With uplifted arm he led them out of it.
Then he removed Saul and raised up David as king;
of him he testified,
‘I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart;
he will carry out my every wish.’
From this man’s descendants God, according to his promise,
has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus.
John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance
to all the people of Israel;
and as John was completing his course, he would say,
‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he.
Behold, one is coming after me;
I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.’”

Gospel
MT 1:1-25

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ,
the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Abraham became the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.
Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah,
whose mother was Tamar.
Perez became the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
Ram the father of Amminadab.
Amminadab became the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Salmon the father of Boaz,
whose mother was Rahab.
Boaz became the father of Obed,
whose mother was Ruth.
Obed became the father of Jesse,
Jesse the father of David the king.

David became the father of Solomon,
whose mother had been the wife of Uriah.
Solomon became the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asaph.
Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Joram,
Joram the father of Uzziah.
Uzziah became the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah.
Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amos,
Amos the father of Josiah.
Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers
at the time of the Babylonian exile.

After the Babylonian exile,
Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel the father of Abiud.
Abiud became the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
Azor the father of Zadok.
Zadok became the father of Achim,
Achim the father of Eliud,
Eliud the father of Eleazar.
Eleazar became the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.

Thus the total number of generations
from Abraham to David
is fourteen generations;
from David to the Babylonian exile,
fourteen generations;
from the Babylonian exile to the Christ,
fourteen generations.

Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill
what the Lord had said through the prophet:
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,
which means “God is with us.”
When Joseph awoke,
he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home.
He had no relations with her until she bore a son,
and he named him Jesus.
OR MT 1:18-25

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill
what the Lord had said through the prophet:
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,
which means “God is with us.”
When Joseph awoke,
he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home.
He had no relations with her until she bore a son,
and he named him Jesus.


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“For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1: 20-21)

REFLECTION
The intense traffic. The claustrophobic crowd. The long to-do lists. The delayed flights. The numerous Modus Operandis.

This year, I started to think that Christmas brought out the worst in our society. During Christmas, I felt like everything was W-O-R-S-E and that Christmas brought nothing but more problems. Having experienced some of the aforementioned Christmas problems, I’m one of those people who didn’t immediately feel the Christmas vibe. I looked at things at a very shallow level.

What used to be an overjoyed feeling when I see Christmas lights and hear Christmas music is now a tired feeling caused and blinded by these society problems.

Every time I pray though, I am reminded that every prayer was not possible without Him. He Who died on the cross for our sins, Who sacrificed His life for our sake, Who gave us a reason to pray, Who gave you new life, Who gave you strength, Who is the reason for our faith, Who planned a promising future for you, Who looks at you like perfection, Who loves you so much and He Who NEVER gave up on you is born on this day.

Today, we are shown that the coming of Jesus is a reminder of NEW LIFE and NEW BEGINNINGS. That we, as followers of Christ, should look at things with eyes that see good in everything and with faith strong enough to believe that no man-made problem can overpower Jesus who will enter our hearts this Christmas season.

Rejoice, my dear friends, for our King, our Savior, our Father, and our Bestest Friend is here!

Merry Christmas!

Prayer
Dear Jesus, help me to open up my hearts for your coming this Christmas season! Thank you for giving me new life and for giving me a reason to pray and have faith. Amen!

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Home

First Reading
ROM 5:12, 15B, 17-19, 20B-21

Brothers and sisters:
Through one man sin entered the world,
and through sin, death,
and thus death came to all men, inasmuch as all sinned.

If by that one person’s transgression the many died,
how much more did the grace of God
and the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christ
overflow for the many.
For if, by the transgression of the one,
death came to reign through that one,
how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace
and the gift of justification
come to reign in life through the one Jesus Christ.
In conclusion, just as through one transgression
condemnation came upon all,
so, through one righteous act
acquittal and life came to all.
For just as through the disobedience of one man
the many were made sinners,
so, through the obedience of the one
the many will be made righteous.
Where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more,
so that, as sin reigned in death,
grace also might reign through justification
for eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 40:7-8A, 8B-9, 10, 17
R. (8a and 9a) Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.

Sacrifice or oblation you wished not,
but ears open to obedience you gave me.
Burnt offerings or sin offerings you sought not;
then said I, “Behold I come.”
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
“In the written scroll it is prescribed for me,
To do your will, O my God, is my delight,
and your law is within my heart!”
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
I announced your justice in the vast assembly;
I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know.
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
May all who seek you
exult and be glad in you,
And may those who love your salvation
say ever, “The LORD be glorified.”
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.

Gospel
LK 12:35-38

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Gird your loins and light your lamps
and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding,
ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.
Blessed are those servants
whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.
Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,
have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.
And should he come in the second or third watch
and find them prepared in this way,
blessed are those servants.”


  

“‘Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the marriage feast, so that they may open to him at once when he comes and knocks.'” (Luke 12:35-38)

REFLECTION
It was just this month of August when I felt spiritually dry because everything got so monotonous with my service. I told myself “Ano kaya ginagawa ko ngayon kung di ako umattend?” (What could have been my life if I didn’t attend?)

And I did. I shut the world down and locked myself in my room and played games for hours. At the end the of the day, I felt empty. It was like eating in an all-you-can-eat buffet with different kinds of food that you didn’t find delicious. It was empty fulfillment.

The day passed by like lightning. I wasted my day through unproductivity and selfishness. It was a very shallow reason to not attend that day. I felt regret for not going. At the end of the day I prayed “Lord, wala bang bago? Nasaan na yung thrill na parang yung first days ko sa Youth?” (Lord, can’t you give me something new and exciting? Where’s the thrill I experienced during my first days in Youth?)

I received no reply from Him at that moment. Then suddenly from out of nowhere, I remembered when TJ R. and other people were inviting me to take the vocals audition. That was when I realized that God was giving me a new form of service all along.

Dear Readers, sometimes we fail to see how God opens up a new path for us. There will be days when your view of things will be black and white. There will be days when you’ll feel tired and drained but remember that He will always be there to brighten up your day and He will continuously give you a reason to serve. Always be vigilant and ready to serve Him, who never gave up on you, especially when He calls you.

Reflection Song

Oh Your Love by Planetshakers

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Little Whispers, Renzo Sy

God’s Weird Love Language

First Reading
DT 34:1-12

Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo,
the headland of Pisgah which faces Jericho,
and the LORD showed him all the land—
Gilead, and as far as Dan, all Naphtali,
the land of Ephraim and Manasseh,
all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea,
the Negeb, the circuit of the Jordan
with the lowlands at Jericho, city of palms,
and as far as Zoar.
The LORD then said to him,
“This is the land
which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
that I would give to their descendants.
I have let you feast your eyes upon it, but you shall not cross over.”
So there, in the land of Moab, Moses, the servant of the LORD,
died as the LORD had said; and he was buried in the ravine
opposite Beth-peor in the land of Moab,
but to this day no one knows the place of his burial.
Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died,
yet his eyes were undimmed and his vigor unabated.
For thirty days the children of Israel wept for Moses
in the plains of Moab, till they had completed
the period of grief and mourning for Moses.

Now Joshua, son of Nun, was filled with the spirit of wisdom,
since Moses had laid his hands upon him;
and so the children of Israel gave him their obedience,
thus carrying out the LORD’s command to Moses.

Since then no prophet has arisen in Israel like Moses,
whom the LORD knew face to face.
He had no equal in all the signs and wonders
the LORD sent him to perform in the land of Egypt
against Pharaoh and all his servants and against all his land,
and for the might and the terrifying power
that Moses exhibited in the sight of all Israel.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 66:1-3A, 5 AND 8, 16-17
R. (see 20a and 10b) Blessed be God who filled my soul with fire!

Shout joyfully to God, all the earth;
sing praise to the glory of his name;
proclaim his glorious praise.
Say to God: “How tremendous are your deeds!”
R. Blessed be God who filled my soul with fire!
Come and see the works of God,
his tremendous deeds among the children of Adam.
Bless our God, you peoples;
loudly sound his praise.
R. Blessed be God who filled my soul with fire!
Hear now, all you who fear God, while I declare
what he has done for me.
When I appealed to him in words,
praise was on the tip of my tongue.
R. Blessed be God who filled my soul with fire!

Gospel
MT 18:15-20

Jesus said to his disciples:
“If your brother sins against you,
go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.
If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.
If he does not listen,
take one or two others along with you,
so that every fact may be established
on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
If he refuses to listen to them, tell the Church.
If he refuses to listen even to the Church,
then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.
Amen, I say to you,
whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Again, amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth
about anything for which they are to pray,
it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.”


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“Again, amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father.”  (Matthew 18:19)

REFLECTION
For the past two weeks, I probably went through the worst enrollment system ever.

Step 1: Online Raffle
It starts off as an online raffle. You would often hear the line, “May the odds be ever in your favor.” as more than 8000 students fight over a limited amount of slots.

Step 2: Registration Proper
DID YOU GET THE SUBJECTS YOU NEED?

(YES)
HOORAY! The only thing you need to do is process your final tuition amount and pay for it.

(NO, you’re doomed!)
After doing the online raffles, you line up at the building (which are far from each other) where your desired subject is offered.

Step 3: Payment (Final Step)

I was lacking one more subject for the sem. While other schools would have a one-step give-and-take enrollment system, I had to do things the hard way. In the early hours of the morning, I lined up for a Philosophy class slot. The line was as long as the two pillars of a huge building and I waited 7 hours in the same spot, listening to praise songs and playing games on my phone. The line finally moved. To my dismay, there were only 3 slots left and the very last one was given to the person right in front of me.

On the second day of enrollment, I lined up for a Geography class, and I still ended up with nothing. On the third day, I went to school at 5am, lining up for a Speech class, and like all the other days, I still ended up with nothing.

I went home physically tired. I stayed in my room asking questions, thinking why things seem hopeless. My patience was tested. The time allotted for waiting was worthless. To make matters worse, the moment I got home, I learned that they opened another class at my desired time, making me more frustrated.

Eventually, I had to beg my professors to enlist me, but a total of fifteen professors rejected me.

My enrollment just ended today. Indeed, life is an unending cycle of competition. Yes, I questioned Him for a moment there. I prayed for a slot. I prayed for things to be according to His plan. I prayed for success. But guess what? He did not promise an easy life. He did promise, that with every hurdle and obstacle, He is with you, promising that with all these chaos, He will make you mighty and strong.

In Evan Almighty (2007), Morgan Freeman (acting as God) said, “If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does He give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage or does he give him opportunities to be courageous?”

Three years ago, I started serving God. I prayed for growth. And indeed, He stays true to His Word, and I am here, taking great leaps and bounds to grow, not just in my community, but in the real world.

Prayer
Father God, thank You for being there when I pray even in the most random times. I pray that You grant me the opportunity to fulfill my obligations especially my heart’s desires. That my eyes may be opened to Your plan for me. Amen.

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Little Whispers, Renzo Sy

Conquered Love

First Reading
GN 12:1-9

The LORD said to Abram:
“Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk
and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you.

“I will make of you a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
so that you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you
and curse those who curse you.
All the communities of the earth
shall find blessing in you.”

Abram went as the LORD directed him, and Lot went with him.
Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran.
Abram took his wife, Sarai, his brother’s son Lot,
all the possessions that they had accumulated,
and the persons they had acquired in Haran,
and they set out for the land of Canaan.
When they came to the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land
as far as the sacred place at Shechem,
by the terebinth of Moreh.
(The Canaanites were then in the land.)

The LORD appeared to Abram and said,
“To your descendants I will give this land.”
So Abram built an altar there to the LORD who had appeared to him.
From there he moved on to the hill country east of Bethel,
pitching his tent with Bethel to the west and Ai to the east.
He built an altar there to the LORD and invoked the LORD by name.
Then Abram journeyed on by stages to the Negeb.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 33:12-13, 18-19, 20 AND 22
R. (12) Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

Blessed the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people he has chosen for his own inheritance.
From heaven the LORD looks down;
he sees all mankind.
R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,
upon those who hope for his kindness,
To deliver them from death
and preserve them in spite of famine.
R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
Our soul waits for the LORD,
who is our help and our shield.
May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us
who have put our hope in you.
R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

Gospel
MT 7:1-5

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Stop judging, that you may not be judged.
For as you judge, so will you be judged,
and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.
Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye,
but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?
How can you say to your brother,
‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’
while the wooden beam is in your eye?
You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first;
then you will see clearly
to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.”


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I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, so that you will be a blessing”  (Genesis 12:2)

REFLECTION

I would say that my week would always be anti-climactic. Worship would always be my “baon” for the struggles for the following week. College transition wasn’t easy. I came from a Catholic High School and now in a University where “God” is a vaguely defined and vastly interpreted topic. It was a heavy academic week and I felt like cutting the next subject because the professor was as crazy as a mad scientist. Then suddenly I got a text message and it went something like this:

“Father God I lift up to you Renzo on his exam today.
Guide him by the power of your Holy Spirit and bless
him with the knowledge, wisdom, and understanding
as he answers his test. Amen.

God Bless on your exam today! Let others see Christ
in you! I love you!”

My heart went soft. It was as if all loads of work were not heavy anymore. My mom is a blessing to me in my life. Ever since I started college, she has sent me these text messages and prayers because she knows the battle I am facing. She would often take time to send me these prayers so that I will not be lost despite the worldly things around me. She would always say that I am a blessing to her where in fact, she is more than a blessing to me – she is my life. She inspires me to also be a blessing to others.

God has blessed us with people who not only have blessed us with words of affirmation but also those who fight the battle with us. He makes sure that we are not alone in times of hardship. God’s love is visible in the people who inspire and build us up which is why “to be a blessing” also means that others will “feel God’s love” in you. Surely, God wants us to be a blessing to others and has given us a mission to spread His love to those who are distant from Him. How are you a blessing to others? –Renzo Sy (renzosy@ymail.com)

Prayer

Dear Jesus, I pray that You equip me with compassion and kindness so that others may feel the love that You have made me feel. Thank you for the people who have been a blessing in my life and have made it bearable for me ever since. Amen.

Reflection Question

How can I be a blessing to others? How do I spread God’s love?

Little Whispers, Renzo Sy

2nd to 200th

First Reading
SIR 35:1-12

To keep the law is a great oblation,
and he who observes the
commandments sacrifices a peace offering.
In works of charity one offers fine flour,
and when he gives alms he presents his sacrifice of praise.
To refrain from evil pleases the LORD,
and to avoid injustice is an atonement.
Appear not before the LORD empty-handed,
for all that you offer is in fulfillment of the precepts.
The just one’s offering enriches the altar
and rises as a sweet odor before the Most High.
The just one’s sacrifice is most pleasing,
nor will it ever be forgotten.
In a generous spirit pay homage to the LORD,
be not sparing of freewill gifts.
With each contribution show a cheerful countenance,
and pay your tithes in a spirit of joy.
Give to the Most High as he has given to you,
generously, according to your means.

For the LORD is one who always repays,
and he will give back to you sevenfold.
But offer no bribes, these he does not accept!
Trust not in sacrifice of the fruits of extortion.
For he is a God of justice,
who knows no favorites.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 50:5-6, 7-8, 14 AND 23
R. (23b) To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

“Gather my faithful ones before me,
those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”
And the heavens proclaim his justice;
for God himself is the judge.
R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
“Hear, my people, and I will speak;
Israel, I will testify against you;
God, your God, am I.
Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you,
for your burnt offerings are before me always.”
R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
“Offer to God praise as your sacrifice
and fulfill your vows to the Most High.
He that offers praise as a sacrifice glorifies me;
and to him that goes the right way I will show the salvation of God.”
R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

Gospel
MK 10:28-31

Peter began to say to Jesus,
‘We have given up everything and followed you.”
Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you,
there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters
or mother or father or children or lands
for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel
who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age:
houses and brothers and sisters
and mothers and children and lands,
with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.
But many that are first will be last, and the last will be first.”


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But many that are first will be last, and the last will be first”  – Mark 10: 31

REFLECTION

It has been a year and two months since my High School graduation. This was perhaps the highlight of 2014. I was awarded seven awards and graduated as our batch Salutatorian. I was blessed to have been awarded this title.

Ever since freshman year, I told myself to reach for the number 1 spot. When our Father Rector was announcing my name for many times for the seven major awards, I was so sure to fulfill this goal of mine but when my name was announced for second place, I was smiling outside and questioning a lot inside. I know, it sounds ridiculous. However, I don’t see myself achieving other things in life. This is perhaps the only thing that I can be good at.

I entered college with a good start. My first semester was good enough to place me in an Honorable standing. Presently, I find myself within the borderline of the passing grade. I keep on questioning myself why others are effortlessly excelling while I have to exert effort just to pass. I even started to question why other people’s skills are greater than mine.

This is when I realized God places us in a situation where not everything is easy but everything will fall into His Great plan. This is when I realized that He doesn’t instantly grant our goals and dreams, but believe that He will journey with us in the life that He planned perfectly for us. He never gave us problems we can’t solve, failures we can’t recover from, and trials that we can’t win. We just have to believe that He has made everything fall into place that works all together for our sure victory. –Renzo Sy (renzosy@ymail.com)

Prayer

Dear Jesus, I pray that You give me the strength and courage to rise up from the burdens that keep me down. Enlighten me with your Holy Spirit to live my life in no other way but Yours, Lord Jesus. Guide my thoughts, words, and actions and remove everything that is not of You. Amen.

Reflection Question

Do I give up easily when I feel heavy inside? Do I turn to God immediately when I am down? How do I deal with my problems?

Little Whispers, Renzo Sy

Rationality over Faith

First Reading
Acts 13:13-25

From Paphos, Paul and his companions
set sail and arrived at Perga in Pamphylia.
But John left them and returned to Jerusalem.
They continued on from Perga and reached Antioch in Pisidia.
On the sabbath they entered into the synagogue and took their seats.
After the reading of the law and the prophets,
the synagogue officials sent word to them,
“My brothers, if one of you has a word of exhortation
for the people, please speak.”

So Paul got up, motioned with his hand, and said,
“Fellow children of Israel and you others who are God-fearing, listen.
The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors
and exalted the people during their sojourn in the land of Egypt.
With uplifted arm he led them out,
and for about forty years he put up with them in the desert.
When he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan,
he gave them their land as an inheritance
at the end of about four hundred and fifty years.
After these things he provided judges up to Samuel the prophet.
Then they asked for a king.
God gave them Saul, son of Kish,
a man from the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.
Then he removed him and raised up David as their king;
of him he testified,
I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart;
he will carry out my every wish.
From this man’s descendants God, according to his promise,
has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus.
John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance
to all the people of Israel;
and as John was completing his course, he would say,
‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he.
Behold, one is coming after me;
I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.’”

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 89:2-3, 21-22, 25 and 27
R. (2) For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

The favors of the LORD I will sing forever;
through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.
For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”;
in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

“I have found David, my servant;
with my holy oil I have anointed him,
That my hand may be always with him,
and that my arm may make him strong.”
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

“My faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him,
and through my name shall his horn be exalted.
He shall say of me, ‘You are my father,
my God, the Rock, my savior.’”
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.


Gospel
John 13:16-20

When Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet, he said to them:
“Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master
nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him.
If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.
I am not speaking of all of you.
I know those whom I have chosen.
But so that the Scripture might be fulfilled,
The one who ate my food has raised his heel against me.
From now on I am telling you before it happens,
so that when it happens you may believe that I AM.
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send
receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”


 

 

“From now on I am telling you before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe that I AM. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” (John 13:19-20)

I am the type of person who always questions the unquestionable, but never have I answered the unanswerable. It bothers me how sometimes my questions about are left with answers that leave me hanging or answer me with another question. I used to function and live by my mind alone. I lived by what was rational, what was real, and what was perceived to be true by all.

But then God, digging deep inside me, gave me more than what a brain can do, to believe that Jesus Christ, His son, has carried every burden, has won every battle, has healed every wound, and has saved us from all the imperfections of this world, to understand that not all questions are answered by our eyes, and to love the people that make us whole and perfect.

Which is why in my Youth Life in the Spirit Seminar (YLSS), God changed my way of life, to believe, to understand, and to love. He introduced me to a community that gave me words, smiles, and laughs that are powerful enough to break down any heavy feeling carried throughout the week. This is what keeps me serving. Seeing Jesus in every person in the BLD Youth Community made me feel that a day of worship, happiness and resting in His presence is more-than-enough to cover all the problems that is put on my shoulders within the week.

Yes, our minds can think our way out of the problem. However, believing that He is with us we can do all things no matter how difficult and unanswerable.

Faith over Rationality. –Renzo Sy (renzosy@ymail.com)

Prayer
Dear Jesus, thank you for giving me friends and family who carry me up from my falls. I thank you for rising me up from human reason and knowledge because You alone are the answer to my problems and the light to my dark path. Help me to see life not only through my mind but also with my heart and soul. Amen.

Reflection Question
When do I lose sight of my faith? How does God show Himself to me in my life? What can I do to receive God’s message to me everyday?