Little Whispers, Trisha Rodriguez

The Path We Choose

First Reading
Ezra 9:5-9

At the time of the evening sacrifice, I, Ezra, rose in my wretchedness,
and with cloak and mantle torn I fell on my knees,
stretching out my hands to the LORD, my God.

I said: “My God, I am too ashamed and confounded to raise my face to you,
O my God, for our wicked deeds are heaped up above our heads
and our guilt reaches up to heaven.
From the time of our fathers even to this day
great has been our guilt,
and for our wicked deeds we have been delivered up,
we and our kings and our priests,
to the will of the kings of foreign lands,
to the sword, to captivity, to pillage, and to disgrace,
as is the case today.

“And now, but a short time ago, mercy came to us from the LORD, our God,
who left us a remnant and gave us a stake in his holy place;
thus our God has brightened our eyes
and given us relief in our servitude.
For slaves we are, but in our servitude our God has not abandoned us;
rather, he has turned the good will
of the kings of Persia toward us.
Thus he has given us new life
to raise again the house of our God and restore its ruins,
and has granted us a fence in Judah and Jerusalem.”

Responsorial Psalm
Tobit 13:2, 3-4A, 4BEFGHN, 7-8
R.(1b) Blessed be God, who lives for ever.

He scourges and then has mercy;
he casts down to the depths of the nether world,
and he brings up from the great abyss.
No one can escape his hand.
R.Blessed be God, who lives for ever.
Praise him, you children of Israel, before the Gentiles,
for though he has scattered you among them,
he has shown you his greatness even there.
R.Blessed be God, who lives for ever.
So now consider what he has done for you,
and praise him with full voice.
Bless the Lord of righteousness,
and exalt the King of ages.
R.Blessed be God, who lives for ever.
In the land of my exile I praise him
and show his power and majesty to a sinful nation.
R.Blessed be God, who lives for ever.
Bless the Lord, all you his chosen ones,
and may all of you praise his majesty.
Celebrate days of gladness, and give him praise.
R.Blessed be God, who lives for ever.

Gospel
Luke 9:1-6

Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority
over all demons and to cure diseases,
and he sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God
and to heal the sick.
He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey,
neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money,
and let no one take a second tunic.
Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there.
And as for those who do not welcome you,
when you leave that town,
shake the dust from your feet in testimony against them.”
Then they set out and went from village to village
proclaiming the good news and curing diseases everywhere.


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Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future.” – Luke 13:8

REFLECTION
In this day and age, we measure our success by the amount of time it takes us to finish a task. We feel more productive when we’ve done more in the span of a few hours rather than delegating tasks within a number of days. I thought the shorter the time, the more success I would gain. This perspective changed when I didn’t graduate this year.

The defeat I felt when it sunk in that I wasn’t going to graduate this year really overwhelmed me.

It’s a hard thing to accept. For some time, I blamed God for not hearing me when I cried for help. I thought it was His fault and I tried to ignore His calls to come to Him. When I told a friend of my frustrations with God, he pointed out to me that while He is actively working in our lives, it is still up to us to do what we need to do. He has laid down the plans, and it is up to us to follow that road.

We think there’s only one path but when you think about it, it’s a combination of different roads that God has placed in our direction. Those are His plans, for us to choose which road we want to be in. We can’t control the time we’re given. We can only control how we go through that road. We can choose what we make of our life. We can choose to let go of the past we keep on holding on to. It’s not there anymore. We can choose to surround ourselves and fill ourselves with hopes and dreams. Never let go of all the good that God has laid out for us to grab. We can’t control what paths are given to us or how long it’ll take us to travel that path, but we however, can control how we enter those we choose to go through.

Prayer
God, 
You are a good Father. I thank You for this path I am in, no matter how hard it may be right now, I thank You. I thank You for the happiness I have, no matter how large or small in doses it may be given to me. You do not give me anything I can not handle. Feelings of confusion and doubt may fill my mind but reassure me each time, Father, that I am where you want me to be. I love You. Amen.

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Little Whispers, Trisha Rodriguez

A Helping Hand

First Reading
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,
about those who have fallen asleep,
so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose,
so too will God, through Jesus,
bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord,
that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord,
will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep.
For the Lord himself, with a word of command,
with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God,
will come down from heaven,
and the dead in Christ will rise first.
Then we who are alive, who are left,
will be caught up together with them in the clouds
to meet the Lord in the air.
Thus we shall always be with the Lord.
Therefore, console one another with these words.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 96:1 AND 3, 4-5, 11-12, 13
R. (13b) The Lord comes to judge the earth.

Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all you lands.
Tell his glory among the nations;
among all peoples, his wondrous deeds.
R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.
For great is the LORD and highly to be praised;
awesome is he, beyond all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are things of nought,
but the LORD made the heavens.
R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice;
let the sea and what fills it resound;
let the plains be joyful and all that is in them!
Then shall all the trees of the forest exult.
R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.
Before the LORD, for he comes;
for he comes to rule the earth.
He shall rule the world with justice
and the peoples with his constancy.
R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.

Gospel
Luke 4:16-30

Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had grown up,
and went according to his custom
into the synagogue on the sabbath day.
He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah.
He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.

Rolling up the scroll,
he handed it back to the attendant and sat down,
and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.
He said to them,
“Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”
And all spoke highly of him
and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.
They also asked, “Is this not the son of Joseph?”
He said to them, “Surely you will quote me this proverb,
‘Physician, cure yourself,’ and say, ‘Do here in your native place
the things that we heard were done in Capernaum.'”
And he said,
“Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place.
Indeed, I tell you,
there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah
when the sky was closed for three and a half years
and a severe famine spread over the entire land.
It was to none of these that Elijah was sent,
but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon.
Again, there were many lepers in Israel
during the time of Elisha the prophet;
yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.”
When the people in the synagogue heard this,
they were all filled with fury.
They rose up, drove him out of the town,
and led him to the brow of the hill
on which their town had been built, to hurl him down headlong.
But he passed through the midst of them and went away.


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“And he said, ‘Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place.'” (Luke 4:24)

REFLECTION
In today’s gospel, Jesus was rejected by the people who knew him. Even when he proclaimed His mission and the prophet that He is, He was still thought of as just Joseph’s son; the son of a carpenter, a man not of wealth or power, talking to them about freeing the captives, recovering the sight of the blind, and all these other things. They doubted Him, questioned why someone they knew and grew up with was chosen by God to do His work.

While reading the gospel, one thing struck me though— the amount of pride the people had to reject Jesus. They simply rejected what he was saying because they thought they knew him. They didn’t understand why someone like him could be chosen by God.

Pride. Such a simple word but when consumed a lot, can be very lethal.

When I realized the amount of pride the people of Nazareth had, I evaluated my own. In the past, just like those people, I was consumed by pride too. I always thought I could handle anything all on my own. I rejected people who could liberate or give me answers to questions that I could not answer alone. I thought that I could do everything by myself, and not have anyone help me. Of course, I was wrong.

I’ve learned in these past few years that pride can take you anywhere, but it will not take you to the place where you want or need to be. When you learn how to give some of it up, and accept that there are people who can help, be there and are willing to teach you, you can go in a path that people made for you. People who wanted to pave the way so you can become a better version of yourself. Let them. Accept them.

In the same way, Jesus will always be there for us and guide us in everything we do. No man can ever be on their own; one always needs a helping hand.

Prayer
Father, I give up this prideful heart that has caused me to reject people in my life. Let me see that there are people who will guide, strengthen me, be there for me. Help me to accept all the things they’re willing to give. Open my heart to the possibility of new life through another’s and grace these people with your bounty.  Amen.

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Little Whispers, Trisha Rodriguez

Energy

First Reading
Deuteronomy 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
Psalm 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
Matthew 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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”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.” (Matthew 18:15-16)

REFLECTION
Everyday, we interact with different forms of energy like heat and light. But out of all forms, I think we experience sound the most.

Growing up, I was so in love with music which is a form of sound. It has always filled these spaces we have in talking that I never quite found in anything else. Being a very quiet and shy person generally, I don’t like talking too much. I would rather much listen to other people or just simply be silent with a person. Silence just like music, has the ability to say things that aren’t seen or specified. We hear spaces filled with sound, like seeing spaces in paragraphs which is I think more important than the text. There are so many things we can’t say with words that resound in spaces: the things unsaid within what is said. 

We all talk and say things to other people. Words that uplift, that inform, and sometimes, words that hurt. There are things that we want them to hear, but can never quite say. Forgiveness happens when we understand each other, and that starts with letting them hear what can’t be heard. We make them see that by forgiving means understanding.

We all have our gaps but not all of us see them clearly. It is time for us to not only just accept our mistakes but also allow Jesus to enter our hearts! Rather than just sitting with our sins in silence, we must seek to change and fill our hearts with Jesus so that in turn we may reflect His love to the people around us.

Prayer
God, 
I thank You for bestowing me a love that I can reflect to others. Help me to humble myself, to see all the wrong I’ve done and seek out forgiveness. It is not an easy task to forgive, but through You, I know it is not impossible. I pray for a more loving and understanding heart. Bestow upon me a heart like Yours, like Jesus. Amen.

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Tip #1

First Reading
1 SM 1:24-28

In those days,
Hannah brought Samuel with her,
along with a three-year-old bull,
an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine,
and presented him at the temple of the LORD in Shiloh.
After the boy’s father had sacrificed the young bull,
Hannah, his mother, approached Eli and said:
“Pardon, my lord!
As you live, my lord,
I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the LORD.
I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request.
Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD;
as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the LORD.”
She left Samuel there.

Responsorial Psalm
1 SAMUEL 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8ABCD
R. (see 1a) My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.

“My heart exults in the LORD,
my horn is exalted in my God.
I have swallowed up my enemies;
I rejoice in my victory.”
R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.
“The bows of the mighty are broken,
while the tottering gird on strength.
The well-fed hire themselves out for bread,
while the hungry batten on spoil.
The barren wife bears seven sons,
while the mother of many languishes.”
R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.
“The LORD puts to death and gives life;
he casts down to the nether world;
he raises up again.
The LORD makes poor and makes rich,
he humbles, he also exalts.”
R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.
“He raises the needy from the dust;
from the dung heap he lifts up the poor,
To seat them with nobles
and make a glorious throne their heritage.”
R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.

Gospel
LK 1:46-56

Mary said:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
for he has looked upon his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.”

Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months
and then returned to her home.


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“He has pulled down princes from their thrones and raised high the lowly.” (Luke 1:52)

REFLECTION

Before I start this reflection, I need to tell you all one secret: I’m a very comparative person. I compare myself with others all the time. I don’t know why, I just do. This trait had always brought out my insecurities. It made me question every fiber in my being from someone else’s. Maybe because I thought highly of myself or I had this constant need of achieving higher than what others usually think of me.

Back in high school, I compared myself to my close friend. We were the same as people would say. We did the same things especially when we both got into our school’s chorale. I couldn’t help but compare myself with her. I always thought that I was better than her. I have to tell you, it really was exhausting. I didn’t like it one bit but I did it anyway. It got to the point where I lost that friend. The friend who stuck by my insecurities and flaws. The friend that I didn’t appreciate until it was too late. That was the time I thought how bad I was, and that made me see the truth that brought my feet back on the ground. I am not perfect. I am only human.

In our gospel today, God is telling us all to know that He will bestow mercy upon his children. With that in mind, He will make you realize that you are no prince or princess, you are just like everyone else with the same flaws. In some ways you may be better than others, but you need to remember to not keep your head up so high. He will raise you in your loneliest time but at the same time, pin you firmly on the ground when you’re at the peak. He will always be there for you, to love you throughout.

So let me tell you all one tip in perceiving life — use your imperfections, hate, and pain that clouds yourself in darkness, and make it into one big ball of light. A light that will make you see into your own perfection.

Reflection Song

Oceans by Hillsong UNITED

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The Moon

First Reading
Isaiah 29:17-24

The Lord says this:
In a short time, a very short time,
shall not Lebanon become fertile land
and fertile land turn into forest?
The deaf, that day,
will hear the words of a book
and, after shadow and darkness,
the eyes of the blind will see.
But the lowly will rejoice in the Lord even more
and the poorest exult in the Holy One of Israel;
for tyrants shall be no more, and scoffers vanish,
and all be destroyed who are disposed to do evil:
those who gossip to incriminate others,
those who try at the gate to trip the arbitrator
and get the upright man’s case dismissed for groundless reasons.
Therefore the Lord speaks,
the God of the House of Jacob,
Abraham’s redeemer:
No longer shall Jacob be ashamed,
no more shall his face grow pale,
for he shall see what my hands have done in his midst,
he shall hold my name holy.
They will hallow the Holy One of Jacob,
stand in awe of the God of Israel.
Erring spirits will learn wisdom
and murmurers accept instruction.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 26:1,4,13-14
(R.)The Lord is my light and my help.

The Lord is my light and my help;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
before whom shall I shrink?
(R.)The Lord is my light and my help.
There is one thing I ask of the Lord,
for this I long,
to live in the house of the Lord,
all the days of my life,
to savour the sweetness of the Lord,
to behold his temple.
(R.)The Lord is my light and my help.
I am sure I shall see the Lord’s goodness
in the land of the living.
Hope in him, hold firm and take heart.
Hope in the Lord!
(R.)The Lord is my light and my help.

Gospel
Matthew 9:27-31

As Jesus went on his way two blind men followed him shouting,
‘Take pity on us, Son of David.’ And when Jesus reached the house
the blind men came up with him and he said to them, ‘Do you believe I can do this?’
They said, ‘Sir, we do.’
Then he touched their eyes saying, ‘Your faith deserves it, so let this be done for you.’
And their sight returned.
Then Jesus sternly warned them, ‘Take care that no one learns about this.’
But when they had gone,
they talked about him all over the countryside.


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“And those who err in spirit will come to understanding” (Isaiah 29:24)

REFLECTION
I used to think that the moon chased me at night.

Back when I was little, every time I rode a car, I would look up at the sky and find the moon looking down at me. I looked at the stars and the moon and just felt safe. I’d be able to fall asleep just by looking at it, wondering why it was chasing me. It made me feel excitement and joy whenever I saw it, but after a few years, I learned that a lot of kids my age then had this exact same feeling about the moon. Sure enough because of my science classes, I of course knew the scientific explanation for that occurrence.

For a person who grew up believing that something you thought was just for you really wasn’t, it was quite disappointing. Somehow I didn’t feel all that special anymore, but whenever I’d look at the sky, it still feels like I’m the only one seeing the moon chase me. Upon looking at the sky, I realized that I mistook my judgement of value. Just because someone has something you have, doesn’t mean what you have isn’t special anymore. I learned to accept that everyone will always have some special things in common, things they don’t want others to have. I gained the understanding that we just have to trust that everything we have is special and unique. Whatever we think, feel, and act on is our own kind of uniqueness.

Looking at things that are of value is what really matters and loving it on top of everything else. Just like our relationship with God. Every relationship God has with His children is unique. We should not mistake our judgement in that. Looking at our relationship with Him, valuing Him, and loving Him. You can’t ever compare it with others for you haven’t been in their shoes to know the difference.

Reflection Song

Tapestry by Hillsong UNITED

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Plans

First Reading
1 TM 3:14-16

Beloved:
I am writing you,
although I hope to visit you soon.
But if I should be delayed,
you should know how to behave in the household of God,
which is the Church of the living God,
the pillar and foundation of truth.
Undeniably great is the mystery of devotion,

Who was manifested in the flesh,
vindicated in the spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed to the Gentiles,
believed in throughout the world,
taken up in glory.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 111:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
R. (2) How great are the works of the Lord!

I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart
in the company and assembly of the just.
Great are the works of the LORD,
exquisite in all their delights.
R. How great are the works of the Lord!
Majesty and glory are his work,
and his justice endures forever.
He has won renown for his wondrous deeds;
gracious and merciful is the LORD.
R. How great are the works of the Lord!
He has given food to those who fear him;
he will forever be mindful of his covenant.
He has made known to his people the power of his works,
giving them the inheritance of the nations.
R. How great are the works of the Lord!

Gospel
LK 7:31-35

Jesus said to the crowds:
“To what shall I compare the people of this generation?
What are they like?
They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another,

‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance.
We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.’

For John the Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine,
and you said, ‘He is possessed by a demon.’
The Son of Man came eating and drinking and you said,
‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard,
a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’
But wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”

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“With revilement and torture let us put the just one to the test that we may have proof of his gentleness”

REFLECTION

Planning for college has been the biggest decision I had so far. I needed to get into my desired school. I didn’t consider it as my “dream school” before, but I considered it as a goal. As a goal, I was driven to get it but sometimes, plans don’t go the way you think they’re supposed to go.

I got wait-listed and the worst part was that it was in a course I didn’t even like. My friends were all telling me to think about it and appeal for reconsideration— and so I did. I did all of those things but at the back of my mind, it felt like complete torture. Nothing about what I did made any sense. It’s as if I just wanted to go with what everyone was expecting of me. After three months of waiting for the results, I decided to go in a different direction – a direction where the course I wanted was at hand.

It was hard letting go of all the plans I had set and the goal I aimed for four years but I realized that maybe God wanted to shake my life up. It might have been His way of telling me that He needed me to experience the self-doubt, agony, and criticism so that I could come out stronger in the end. It took that surprise for me to know that everything we’re experiencing, everything we struggle to get through, is His way of moulding us. In the end, I know I’ll be more gentle, kind, peaceful, and merciful because of these difficult experiences.

Prayer

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The Test

First Reading
2 KGS 4:42-44
A man came from Baal-shalishah bringing to Elisha, the man of God,
twenty barley loaves made from the firstfruits,
and fresh grain in the ear.
Elisha said, “Give it to the people to eat.”
But his servant objected,
“How can I set this before a hundred people?”
Elisha insisted, “Give it to the people to eat.”
“For thus says the LORD,
‘They shall eat and there shall be some left over.’”
And when they had eaten, there was some left over,
as the LORD had said.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 145:10-11, 15-16, 17-18
R. (cf. 16) The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.
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. The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.
The eyes of all look hopefully to you,
and you give them their food in due season;
you open your hand
and satisfy the desire of every living thing.
R. The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.
The LORD is just in all his ways
and holy in all his works.
The LORD is near to all who call upon him,
to all who call upon him in truth.
R. The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.

Second Reading
EPH 4:1-6
Brothers and sisters:
I, a prisoner for the Lord,
urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,
with all humility and gentleness, with patience,
bearing with one another through love,
striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace:
one body and one Spirit,
as you were also called to the one hope of your call;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
one God and Father of all,
who is over all and through all and in all.

Gospel
JN 6:1-15
Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee.
A large crowd followed him,
because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick.
Jesus went up on the mountain,
and there he sat down with his disciples.
The Jewish feast of Passover was near.
When Jesus raised his eyes
and saw that a large crowd was coming to him,
he said to Philip,
“Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?”
He said this to test him,
because he himself knew what he was going to do.
Philip answered him,
“Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough
for each of them to have a little.”
One of his disciples,
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him,
“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish;
but what good are these for so many?”
Jesus said, “Have the people recline.”
Now there was a great deal of grass in that place.
So the men reclined, about five thousand in number.
Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks,
and distributed them to those who were reclining,
and also as much of the fish as they wanted.
When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples,
“Gather the fragments left over,
so that nothing will be wasted.”
So they collected them,
and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments
from the five barley loaves
that had been more than they could eat.
When the people saw the sign he had done, they said,
“This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.”
Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off
to make him king,
he withdrew again to the mountain alone.


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“He said this to test him, because he himself knew what he was going to do.” (John 6:6)

REFLECTION
We usually analyze everything we do. We tend to check our hair, our face, our clothes and even our surroundings. We want to be sure if what we’re wearing or where we are is good for us. I on the other hand, tend to overanalyze even the littlest things, like what I need to say to a person and if that person will like what I’ll say. It’s exhausting when you think about what you want to say to others and what they expect from you.

After some time, I realized that it’s okay if you don’t examine every word you’re going to say. It’s better if you say the things you want to say out loud rather than carefully tiptoeing every word that will come out of your mouth.

Our Lord knows what we’re going to do but the thing is, whatever we do, He’ll just be there watching us; not judging. To know that a powerful being is looking after you and letting you do crazy things is unbelievable. He doesn’t try and stop us with what we want to do. Instead, He lets us learn from our mistakes, happiness, sadness, and the love we experience. He wants us to learn for us to know that He is there to love us for who we are, no matter how grave the sins we have done.

God is always testing us with challenges everyday. He knows what we’ll do in the present and in the future. Whatever we do, may it be good or bad, everything will be okay. He will guide us in your struggles. He will give you strength in your moment of weakness. -Trisha Rodriguez (trisharodriguez12@gmail.com)

Prayer
Almighty Father, we thank you for being the loving God that you are. Continue in showering us with your love and kindness and may we spread this unto others. Amen.

Reflection Question
Have I accepted God’s love?