Little Whispers, Tin Ocampo

I Am Crippled

First Reading
ROM 8:12-17

Brothers and sisters,
we are not debtors to the flesh,
to live according to the flesh.
For if you live according to the flesh, you will die,
but if by the spirit you put to death the deeds of the body,
you will live.

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear,
but you received a spirit of adoption,
through which we cry, “Abba, Father!”
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit
that we are children of God,
and if children, then heirs,
heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ,
if only we suffer with him
so that we may also be glorified with him.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 68:2 AND 4, 6-7AB, 20-21
R. (21a) Our God is the God of salvation.

God arises; his enemies are scattered,
and those who hate him flee before him.
But the just rejoice and exult before God;
they are glad and rejoice.
R. Our God is the God of salvation.
The father of orphans and the defender of widows
is God in his holy dwelling.
God gives a home to the forsaken;
he leads forth prisoners to prosperity.
R. Our God is the God of salvation.
Blessed day by day be the Lord,
who bears our burdens; God, who is our salvation.
God is a saving God for us;
the LORD, my Lord, controls the passageways of death.
R. Our God is the God of salvation.

Gospel
LK 13:10-17

Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the sabbath.
And a woman was there who for eighteen years
had been crippled by a spirit;
she was bent over, completely incapable of standing erect.
When Jesus saw her, he called to her and said,
“Woman, you are set free of your infirmity.”
He laid his hands on her,
and she at once stood up straight and glorified God.
But the leader of the synagogue,
indignant that Jesus had cured on the sabbath,
said to the crowd in reply,
“There are six days when work should be done.
Come on those days to be cured, not on the sabbath day.”
The Lord said to him in reply, “Hypocrites!
Does not each one of you on the sabbath
untie his ox or his ass from the manger
and lead it out for watering?
This daughter of Abraham,
whom Satan has bound for eighteen years now,
ought she not to have been set free on the sabbath day
from this bondage?”
When he said this, all his adversaries were humiliated;
and the whole crowd rejoiced at all the splendid deeds done by him.


“Woman, you are set free of your infirmity. He laid his hands on her, and at once stood up straight and glorified God.” (Luke 13:12-14)

REFLECTION
As a Catholic, I was taught to go to mass every Sunday to listen to the Word and teachings of Jesus. Every time I went to church and heard Mass, I would feel crippled and embarrassed to face Jesus because of the many sins I have done. But regardless of me being crippled, I go out of the church renewed, because like the woman in the Gospel, Jesus saw me, called me and laid His hands on me, forgiving me and setting me from my infirmities.

Friends, all of us have been crippled because of our sins, but no matter how many or how heavy those sins are, Jesus will always see that we are having a difficult time carrying our sins and He will call to us and free us from our infirmities so that we could start a new chapter in our lives and to glorify him with a clean and renewed spirit.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, Thank you for setting us free from our infirmities. Thank you for letting us stand up and face a new beginning of our lives so that we could glorify You. Amen.

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Little Whispers, Tin Ocampo

Love vs. Hate

First Reading
COL 3:12-17

Brothers and sisters:
Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
bearing with one another and forgiving one another,
if one has a grievance against another;
as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.
And over all these put on love,
that is, the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts,
the peace into which you were also called in one Body.
And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another,
singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
with gratitude in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed,
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 150:1B-2, 3-4, 5-6
R. (6) Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!

Praise the LORD in his sanctuary,
praise him in the firmament of his strength.
Praise him for his mighty deeds,
praise him for his sovereign majesty.
R. Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise him with the blast of the trumpet,
praise him with lyre and harp,
Praise him with timbrel and dance,
praise him with strings and pipe.
R. Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise him with sounding cymbals,
praise him with clanging cymbals.
Let everything that has breath
praise the LORD! Alleluia.
R. Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!

Gospel
LK 6:27-38

Jesus said to his disciples:
“To you who hear I say, love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you,
pray for those who mistreat you.
To the person who strikes you on one cheek,
offer the other one as well,
and from the person who takes your cloak,
do not withhold even your tunic.
Give to everyone who asks of you,
and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back.
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
For if you love those who love you,
what credit is that to you?
Even sinners love those who love them.
And if you do good to those who do good to you,
what credit is that to you?
Even sinners do the same.
If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment,
what credit is that to you?
Even sinners lend to sinners,
and get back the same amount.
But rather, love your enemies and do good to them,
and lend expecting nothing back;
then your reward will be great
and you will be children of the Most High,
for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
Be merciful, just as also your Father is merciful.

“Stop judging and you will not be judged.
Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.
Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Give and gifts will be given to you;
a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing,
will be poured into your lap.
For the measure with which you measure
will in return be measured out to you.”


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“Jesus said to his disciples: To you who hear me, I say: Love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hate you” (Luke 6:27-28)

REFLECTION

As humans, we often see the mistakes of others that lead to disappointment and anger — and eventually, result to broken relationships. With these things built in our hearts, we sometimes tend to curse others or even talk behind their backs.

When I was in second year college, my friends and I had this misunderstanding with the other girls from our section. We often got irritated on how they would act around us, without us knowing that they also did, vice versa. There were also instances that we would curse each other through indirect social media posts. And despite the hostility, we would go to class everyday pretending that there is no tension between our group and theirs.

Eventually, we realized how wrong it was so we’ve decided to talk and voice out the problems with each other. In the end, the anger that grew in our hearts was replaced and conquered by love.

My friends, I know it is hard to love the people you hate. But as the Lord said, to those who hear me, I say: Love your enemies. We must choose to listen and be free from whatever hatred and be filled with the love of God.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, please help me to forgive others and to do good to them. Help me to love and pray for those who have done wrong to me. Amen.

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