Little Whispers, Nina Miranda

Now Open

First Reading
Acts 18:23-28
After staying in Antioch some time,
Paul left and traveled in orderly sequence
through the Galatian country and Phrygia,
bringing strength to all the disciples.

A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria,
an eloquent speaker, arrived in Ephesus.
He was an authority on the Scriptures.
He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and,
with ardent spirit, spoke and taught accurately about Jesus,
although he knew only the baptism of John.
He began to speak boldly in the synagogue;
but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him,
they took him aside
and explained to him the Way of God more accurately.
And when he wanted to cross to Achaia,
the brothers encouraged him
and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him.
After his arrival he gave great assistance
to those who had come to believe through grace.
He vigorously refuted the Jews in public,
establishing from the Scriptures that the Christ is Jesus.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 43:2-3, 8-9, 10
R.    (8a)  God is king of all the earth.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
All you peoples, clap your hands;
shout to God with cries of gladness.
For the LORD, the Most High, the awesome,
is the great king over all the earth.
R.    God is king of all the earth.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
For king of all the earth is God;
sing hymns of praise.
God reigns over the nations,
God sits upon his holy throne.
R.    God is king of all the earth.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
The princes of the peoples are gathered together
with the people of the God of Abraham.
For God’s are the guardians of the earth;
he is supreme.
R.    God is king of all the earth.
or:
R.    Alleluia.

Gospel
John 16:23B-28
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
Until now you have not asked anything in my name;
ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

“I have told you this in figures of speech.
The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures
but I will tell you clearly about the Father.
On that day you will ask in my name,
and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you.
For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me
and have come to believe that I came from God.
I came from the Father and have come into the world.
Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”


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“Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.” (John 16:23B-24)

REFLECTION
I remember wanting a lot of things when I was little. I would simply ask my parents to buy me new books or toys, or to take me and my siblings out to watch a movie. Most of the time they would grant these requests, but on some occassions, they would say no. I would get sad about it for a short while, but eventually move on.

Growing up, getting what I wanted seemed to become more difficult because of certain factors such as money, environment, and time. For example, given the situation that we are in right now, I want to finish my requirements for the semester as early as possible but I couldn’t because unfortunately, not all of my professors could be easily contacted.

There have also been moments wherein I would find myself waking up in the middle of the night and just cry. I would hope and pray to God for my wishes and dreams to come true, (don’t get me wrong, some of them do) but it was hard to accept that there were always those prayers that have been left unanswered.

The Gospel today reminded me that the Lord already knows of these things we want in life before we even ask Him. We may sometimes feel upset when we don’t receive them, but He is telling us that He has better plans for us and our future. As God is listening to our heart’s desires, we need only to trust in Him, in His will, and be open to receiving the joy that only He can provide.

Prayer
Father, to You I offer my life. Open my eyes and my heart to see the wonders of Your great love and great plan for me. Amen.

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CJ Goronio, Little Whispers

Puhon

First Reading
Acts 1:1-11
In the first book, Theophilus,
I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught
until the day he was taken up,
after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit
to the apostles whom he had chosen.
He presented himself alive to them
by many proofs after he had suffered,
appearing to them during forty days
and speaking about the kingdom of God.
While meeting with them,
he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem,
but to wait for “the promise of the Father
about which you have heard me speak;
for John baptized with water,
but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

When they had gathered together they asked him,
“Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons
that the Father has established by his own authority.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,
throughout Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth.”
When he had said this, as they were looking on,
he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.
While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going,
suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them.
They said, “Men of Galilee,
why are you standing there looking at the sky?
This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven
will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.”

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9
R. (6) God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
All you peoples, clap your hands,
shout to God with cries of gladness,
For the LORD, the Most High, the awesome,
is the great king over all the earth.
R. God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
God mounts his throne amid shouts of joy;
the LORD, amid trumpet blasts.
Sing praise to God, sing praise;
sing praise to our king, sing praise.
R. God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
For king of all the earth is God;
sing hymns of praise.
God reigns over the nations,
God sits upon his holy throne.
R. God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Second Reading
Ephesians 1:17-23
Brothers and sisters:
May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
give you a Spirit of wisdom and revelation
resulting in knowledge of him.
May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened,
that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call,
what are the riches of glory
in his inheritance among the holy ones,
and what is the surpassing greatness of his power
for us who believe,
in accord with the exercise of his great might,
which he worked in Christ,
raising him from the dead
and seating him at his right hand in the heavens,
far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion,
and every name that is named
not only in this age but also in the one to come.
And he put all things beneath his feet
and gave him as head over all things to the church,
which is his body,
the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.

Gospel
Matthew 28:16-20
The eleven disciples went to Galilee,
to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.
When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.
Then Jesus approached and said to them,
“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”


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“May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call…” (Ephesians 1:18)

REFLECTION
Have you heard of the Marshmallow Experiment? In a room, a teacher invited a young boy to sit in front of a bowl of marshmallows. He can eat it all but he has to wait first for the teacher to come back. For about 10 minutes of being alone, he was able to resist, but he got excited (or hungry) that he started eating! Funny as how it was done, the purpose of it was to test patience starting at a young age. Even with older people best believe, not a lot of them can wait that long!

All of us may have waited or are still waiting for something. It could be an acceptance letter from a desired school. Maybe a couple out there is waiting when they will be blessed with their first kid. A family for sure is still saving up for their dream house. Even frontliners right now continue to work 24/7 in the hopes of getting this crisis over soon.

Waiting could be frustrating. It gives us anxiety and makes us doubt. At some point we will get tired of it all and just give up.

But the first reading tells us that “It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority” – Acts 1:7. Believe that God’s delay always has a purpose. You may not understand it now but it will all make sense because of “puhon” which means “in God’s perfect timing”.

At a young age, Jesus already knew that He is the Son of God, but He waited before revealing His identity and purpose – and that is to save us all through the Cross. He was scared but His faith was unshaken by the end of it all. And today, as we celebrate Jesus’ Ascencion to heaven, He watches as we celebrate His love and sacrifice with a community that we call “home”. All of this happened just because He waited and trusted God’s plans for Him.

It is also beautifully said in the second reading “May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call” – Eph 1:18. So just hold on. God’s perfect timing is almost here.

Reflection Song

Stay and Wait by Hillsong UNITED

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Little Whispers, Tisha Tayag

Surrender & Surprise

First Reading
Acts 16:22-34
The crowd in Philippi joined in the attack on Paul and Silas,
and the magistrates had them stripped
and ordered them to be beaten with rods.
After inflicting many blows on them,
they threw them into prison
and instructed the jailer to guard them securely.
When he received these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell
and secured their feet to a stake.

About midnight, while Paul and Silas were praying
and singing hymns to God as the prisoners listened,
there was suddenly such a severe earthquake
that the foundations of the jail shook;
all the doors flew open, and the chains of all were pulled loose.
When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open,
he drew his sword and was about to kill himself,
thinking that the prisoners had escaped.
But Paul shouted out in a loud voice,
“Do no harm to yourself; we are all here.”
He asked for a light and rushed in and,
trembling with fear, he fell down before Paul and Silas.
Then he brought them out and said,
“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus
and you and your household will be saved.”
So they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to everyone in his house.
He took them in at that hour of the night and bathed their wounds;
then he and all his family were baptized at once.
He brought them up into his house and provided a meal
and with his household rejoiced at having come to faith in God.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 138:1-2AB, 2CDE-3, 7C-8
R.    (7c)  Your right hand saves me, O Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart,
for you have heard the words of my mouth;
in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise;
I will worship at your holy temple,
and give thanks to your name.
R.    Your right hand saves me, O Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Because of your kindness and your truth,
you have made great above all things
your name and your promise.
When I called, you answered me;
you built up strength within me.
R.    Your right hand saves me, O Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Your right hand saves me.
The LORD will complete what he has done for me;
your kindness, O LORD, endures forever;
forsake not the work of your hands.
R.    Your right hand saves me, O Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.

Gospel
John 16:5-11
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Now I am going to the one who sent me,
and not one of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’
But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts.
But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go.
For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you.
But if I go, I will send him to you.
And when he comes he will convict the world
in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation:
sin, because they do not believe in me;
righteousness, because I am going to the Father
and you will no longer see me;
condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.”


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“But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you.” (John 16:7)

REFLECTION
Unexpectedly, this is not a “hugot” (emotional) verse or reflection. Rather, it is of hope.

It is normal for us to feel hurt especially when it feels that we have been left behind. I am pretty sure there are multiple ways for one to feel this emotion. We all feel a sting when we outgrow people that we hold dear and there’s an extra pang when others outgrow and leave us. We are never made ready for moments wherein we must let go. We would rather stay with what is familiar but I ask you, what if there is something phenomenal coming your way? You may not feel it right now, but believe me, there is.

Just like what Jesus assures His disciples, the Advocate can only come if Jesus goes. Who is this Advocate? Well, it’s the Holy Spirit and we can find the comfort of this Spirit in people who make us feel supported, people who empower us and journey with us to make us stronger.

Trust me, I am no expert when it comes to letting go but I am always proud to share of how the Heavenly Father makes things better by sending an Advocate. I am grateful to have found my Advocates and some of them have come into my life in unique and unexpected ways!

My point here, dearest friends, is we all have things we need to detach ourselves from. God is reminding you today to let go of whatever that is that is holding you back or hurting you because in case you have forgotten – He is the Alpha and Omega. He is the beginning and the end which only means He has everything planned out for you. So, smile! The God who made the universe is waiting for you to surrender so He can surprise you today.

Prayer
God Almighty, in my most solitary moments that is when I realize that I am not okay. There are many things around me and inside me that are tearing me apart but today, I acknowledge and accept that in my letting go, I am letting You in and I welcome You into my life. Please send Your Most Holy Spirit to turn my silent tears into laughter and my madness into serenity. I love You and I thank You for how You will change my life for the better. Amen.

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Diego Reyes, Little Whispers

(Not) A Rulebreaker

First Reading
Acts 8:5-8, 14-17
Philip went down to the city of Samaria
and proclaimed the Christ to them.
With one accord, the crowds paid attention to what was said by Philip
when they heard it and saw the signs he was doing.
For unclean spirits, crying out in a loud voice,
came out of many possessed people,
and many paralyzed or crippled people were cured.
There was great joy in that city.

Now when the apostles in Jerusalem
heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God,
they sent them Peter and John,
who went down and prayed for them,
that they might receive the Holy Spirit,
for it had not yet fallen upon any of them;
they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Then they laid hands on them
and they received the Holy Spirit.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20
R. (1) Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R. Alleluia.
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. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R. Alleluia.
“Let all on earth worship and sing praise to you,
sing praise to your name!”
Come and see the works of God,
his tremendous deeds among the children of Adam.
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R. Alleluia.
He has changed the sea into dry land;
through the river they passed on foot;
therefore let us rejoice in him.
He rules by his might forever.
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Hear now, all you who fear God, while I declare
what he has done for me.
Blessed be God who refused me not
my prayer or his kindness!
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Second Reading
1 Peter 3:15-18
Beloved:
Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts.
Always be ready to give an explanation
to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope,
but do it with gentleness and reverence,
keeping your conscience clear,
so that, when you are maligned,
those who defame your good conduct in Christ
may themselves be put to shame.
For it is better to suffer for doing good,
if that be the will of God, than for doing evil.

For Christ also suffered for sins once,
the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous,
that he might lead you to God.
Put to death in the flesh,
he was brought to life in the Spirit.

Gospel
John 14:15-21
Jesus said to his disciples:
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
And I will ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always,
the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept,
because it neither sees nor knows him.
But you know him, because he remains with you,
and will be in you.
I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
In a little while the world will no longer see me,
but you will see me, because I live and you will live.
On that day you will realize that I am in my Father
and you are in me and I in you.
Whoever has my commandments and observes them
is the one who loves me.
And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”


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“Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me.” (John 14:21)

REFLECTION
Like any other kid, I grew up with an affinity for video games. Up to this day, playing video games is my favorite hobby and I would stay up all night to play my favorite video game! 

My video game journey started with the PSP—it was the first console I ever owned, and I was addicted to it. I got it as a gift when I passed fourth grade and I would play it whenever I got the chance. I even snuck it into school and would play it during my break. My parents soon took notice that I was getting more and more addicted to my PSP; every waking hour was spent playing it. They did not want to take away my PSP, but they instructed me that I can play it with one condition, that being I can only play it for 2 hours and 30 minutes each day.

It is weird that as a 10-year-old boy who had a reputation of being makulit (naughty), I was able to follow my parents’ rules. I would often remember begging them to extend my playtime if I already consumed my playtime for the day! For me, I loved my parents so much that I was afraid to defy their word even if they were not looking at me.

This is what Jesus is telling us today—to love Him so much that breaking His rules is not in the picture. It must come naturally to us to be obedient to the will of the Father in order to let His Spirit, His Word and His Love to overflow our lives! Love must be in the center of our lives for Jesus to be in the center of everything!

Prayer
Lord, let love take over all aspects of my life. Let it invade and take control today. Amen!

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Justin Chong, Little Whispers

Loud and Proud

First Reading
Acts 16:1-10
Paul reached also Derbe and Lystra
where there was a disciple named Timothy,
the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer,
but his father was a Greek.
The brothers in Lystra and Iconium spoke highly of him,
and Paul wanted him to come along with him.
On account of the Jews of that region, Paul had him circumcised,
for they all knew that his father was a Greek.
As they traveled from city to city,
they handed on to the people for observance the decisions
reached by the Apostles and presbyters in Jerusalem.
Day after day the churches grew stronger in faith
and increased in number.

They traveled through the Phrygian and Galatian territory
because they had been prevented by the Holy Spirit
from preaching the message in the province of Asia.
When they came to Mysia, they tried to go on into Bithynia,
but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them,
so they crossed through Mysia and came down to Troas.
During the night Paul had a vision.
A Macedonian stood before him and implored him with these words,
“Come over to Macedonia and help us.”
When he had seen the vision,
we sought passage to Macedonia at once,
concluding that God had called us to proclaim the Good News to them.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 100:1B-2, 3, 5
R.    (2a)  Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R.    
Alleluia.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
serve the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful song.
R.    Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R.    
Alleluia.
Know that the LORD is God;
he made us, his we are;
his people, the flock he tends.
R.    Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R.    
Alleluia.
The LORD is good:
his kindness endures forever,
and his faithfulness, to all generations.
R.    Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R.    Alleluia.

Gospel
John 15:18-21
Jesus said to his disciples:
“If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.
If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own;
but because you do not belong to the world,
and I have chosen you out of the world,
the world hates you.
Remember the word I spoke to you,
‘No slave is greater than his master.’
If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.
If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.
And they will do all these things to you on account of my name,
because they do not know the one who sent me.”


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“As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” (John 15:19)

REFLECTION
Did you ever feel like the world hates you? That maybe, you are unlikeable by everything?

The first time I felt something like this was when I was in high school. Back then, I was very loud in a way that I was confident of the way I spoke and acted. I had a group of friends that I hung out with every day. We would eat together, play after class together and go out on gimmicks on weekends.

One day I realized, things were different. They started distancing themselves from me. They would make excuses when I asked them if they wanted to hang out. They would suddenly turn silent as I approach. Every time I would tease them, they would get angry instead of laugh about it. One day, I caught them talking behind my back. I heard “ang yabang yabang talaga ni Justin, akala mo kung sino.” (“Justin is so full of himself, he thinks he’s very important.”). That is when I felt that the world hated me. There is probably something wrong with me and with the way I acted which came out wrong to them.

I started to be overly conscious of the way I spoke and acted. I started overthinking and replaying conversations in my head if I did or said something wrong. Over time, I got used to overthinking and being conscious. I became humble. I started thinking before speaking and became more sensitive. My friends eventually forgot about the whole thing and accepted me again.

Sometimes, the Lord allows us to feel like the world hates us not because he hates us too but because He is preparing us for things beyond this world. In the story, the Lord taught me to be humble and more considerate of others through that experience of exclusion. The world sometimes hates us because we do not belong here, maybe it is the Lord way to reminding us to aim higher than this world and that is to be with Him and like Him.

Prayer
Father, I sometimes feel like my family, friends and society is rejecting me. I feel that I do not belong to this world because of my failures, problems, and anxieties. Remind me Jesus, that Your plans for me is greater than this world and that You will be with me as I overcome. Amen.

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Elianah Habitan, Little Whispers

Hesitations

First Reading
Acts 1:15-17, 20-26
Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers and sisters
(there was a group of about one hundred and twenty persons
in the one place).
He said, “My brothers and sisters,
the Scripture had to be fulfilled
which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand
through the mouth of David, concerning Judas,
who was the guide for those who arrested Jesus.
Judas was numbered among us
and was allotted a share in this ministry.
For it is written in the Book of Psalms:

Let his encampment become desolate,
and may no one dwell in it.

and:
May another take his office.

Therefore, it is necessary that one of the men
who accompanied us the whole time
the Lord Jesus came and went among us,
beginning from the baptism of John
until the day on which he was taken up from us,
become with us a witness to his resurrection.”
So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas,
who was also known as Justus, and Matthias.
Then they prayed,
“You, Lord, who know the hearts of all,
show which one of these two you have chosen
to take the place in this apostolic ministry
from which Judas turned away to go to his own place.”
Then they gave lots to them, and the lot fell upon Matthias,
and he was counted with the Eleven Apostles.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
R.    (8)  The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Praise, you servants of the LORD,
praise the name of the LORD.
Blessed be the name of the LORD
both now and forever.
R.    The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
From the rising to the setting of the sun
is the name of the LORD to be praised.
High above all nations is the LORD;
above the heavens is his glory.
R.    The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Who is like the LORD, our God, who is enthroned on high
and looks upon the heavens and the earth below?
R.    The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
He raises up the lowly from the dust;
from the dunghill he lifts up the poor
To seat them with princes,
with the princes of his own people.
R.    The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.
or:
R.    Alleluia.

Gospel
John 15:9-17
Jesus said to his disciples:
“As the Father loves me, so I also love you.
Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love,
just as I have kept my Father’s commandments
and remain in his love.

“I have told you this so that my joy might be in you
and your joy might be complete.
This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
I no longer call you slaves,
because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
I have called you friends,
because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you:  love one another.”


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“It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.” (John 15:16)

REFLECTION
To be quite honest, there are times when I am asked to pray in front of my whole family and I would dread it. Even writing my own article for Little Whisperers is quite scary to me. However, it’s not because of something despicable. It’s mostly due to my lack of confidence. 

Seeing all these wonderfully written words below my own and hearing my dad and Kuya pray effortlessly without any practice or copy on hand sometimes messes my mind. How could I, an adequate teenager with only a few stories to tell, possibly produce something so earnest and bless others with it?

After reading the gospel for today, I had a different narrative in mind. I tried writing about it for hours but it wasn’t coming out the way I wanted it to be. Like a flash, doubt instantly creeped within me. I became aware that I was trying so hard to make it seem smart enough to mask my insecurities. 

But God had a plan for me. He knew of my doubts and wanted to wash it all away. It was just quick but a very meaningful moment. It was abrupt yet everything that I needed so I can pour out all my uncertainties. 

He wanted me to know that a simple confession of my insecurity is a chance for me to create something that can bless others. Believe me, I still had a hard time writing this, but I knew that whatever happens, everything would fall into place. After all, it was Him who gave me this opportunity to be His voice. 

So, I don’t know if anybody needs this, but if you are ever overthinking about your skills and talents, worrying about the path you chose, or questioning about your current disposition, remember that God is always ahead of us. He has already planned out everything, all we need to do is to keep on praying and trust in His Mighty Power.

Prayer
Lord, thank You for gracing me a wonderful life, giving me bountiful blessings, and letting me enjoy the fruits of Your labor. May I never forget that in times of qualms and difficulties, You are always behind me, pushing and proving that I am more than my apprehensions and limitations. May You give me strength and courage as I continuously strive to be the person You want me to be. Amen.

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Little Whispers, Nikki Miranda

Ceasefire

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
Psalm 145:10-11, 12-13, 21
R. 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.

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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“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid” John 14:27

REFLECTION
Have you ever asked yourself “What part of my life needs peace?” It may be in a relationship, in your home, in school, or even at work.

There’s only one answer that comes to mind whenever I think of that question and it is that I lack peace within myself. I get so too anxious, unsure, and puzzled even though there’s nothing to worry about. It all gets noisy in my head. I sometimes feel like I’m at war with my own thoughts and that results in me having to avoid people and situations.

In the Gospel today, Jesus promises us peace. There are this certain peace and love that the Lord offers that I can’t seem to find in others and that peace is what helps me and sustains me daily. He reassures us that we should not be afraid for He left us with peace. Not to escape the challenges that we face but instead to face these problems courageously. He surrounds me with people who make me feel His peace. Whenever I’m with these people I feel that peace and the noise just go away and the battle between me and my thoughts just ends.

Reflection Song

Glimmer In The Dust by Hillsong UNITED

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