I Surrender

FIRST READING
1 Wis 3:1-9

The souls of the just are in the hand of God,
and no torment shall touch them.
They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;
and their passing away was thought an affliction
and their going forth from us, utter destruction.
But they are in peace.
For if before men, indeed, they be punished,
yet is their hope full of immortality;
chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,
because God tried them
and found them worthy of himself.
As gold in the furnace, he proved them,
and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.
In the time of their visitation they shall shine,
and shall dart about as sparks through stubble;
they shall judge nations and rule over peoples,
and the LORD shall be their King forever.
Those who trust in him shall understand truth,
and the faithful shall abide with him in love:
because grace and mercy are with his holy ones,
and his care is with his elect.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
R. (1) The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.

He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
with your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.

You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.

Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.

SECOND READING
Rom 5:5-11

Hope does not disappoint,
because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
For Christ, while we were still helpless,
died at the appointed time for the ungodly.
Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person,
though perhaps for a good person
one might even find courage to die.
But God proves his love for us
in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.
How much more then, since we are now justified by his Blood,
will we be saved through him from the wrath.
Indeed, if, while we were enemies,
we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son,
how much more, once reconciled,
will we be saved by his life.
Not only that,
but we also boast of God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Or Rom 6:3-9
Brothers and sisters:
Are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus
were baptized into his death?
We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death,
so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead
by the glory of the Father,
we too might live in newness of life.

For if we have grown into union with him through a death like his,
we shall also be united with him in the resurrection.
We know that our old self was crucified with him,
so that our sinful body might be done away with,
that we might no longer be in slavery to sin.
For a dead person has been absolved from sin.
If, then, we have died with Christ,
we believe that we shall also live with him.
We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more;
death no longer has power over him.

Gospel
Jn 6:37-40

Jesus said to the crowds:
“Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,
and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
because I came down from heaven not to do my own will
but the will of the one who sent me.
And this is the will of the one who sent me,
that I should not lose anything of what he gave me,
but that I should raise it on the last day.
For this is the will of my Father,
that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him
may have eternal life,
and I shall raise him on the last day.”
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Reflection:
“Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good, because God tested them and found them worthy of himself;” -1 Wis 3:5

Today, I would like to share the story of my late uncle. He was a kind man; very warm and welcoming. I would often see him smiling and joking around. I don’t really know him that well since he moved with his family to the U.S. several years ago. But his friendly attitude left a mark in me.

When my uncle visited the Philippines two years ago, he looked incredibly healthy and in good shape; until last year, he was diagnosed with cancer. Our family members were shocked and devastated to hear the news especially when we found out that his illness was already at a later stage.

My uncle became upset about his condition. At first, he questioned God as he dealt with his illness. But he knew that he had to move on. As my uncle continued his prayer life, he found God’s joy and peace despite of having cancer. While at the start he prayed to the Lord for his healing, God made him grow stronger in faith that even his prayer changed. He wanted us to pray for him, not anymore for his physical healing but for the Lord’s will to be done. He fully submitted himself to God’s plan and he felt peace in his heart.
My uncle and his family went back to the Philippines when the doctor said that he only had a few months to live. Our whole family and my uncle’s friends took care of him. It was obvious in his appearance what he has gone through the whole year. I was sad to see him that way, but I was happy to see how he placed his whole life in the care of God’s hands.

People may need to experience a lot of trials or sufferings in life, but take delight in the Lord’s great love for you, and hold steadfast in His promises “that everyone who looks upon the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life. Him I will raise up on the last day.” Jn 6:40. –Jayme Ann Jalandoni. YLSS#24

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, our Great Healer, may we always be faithful to You despite of the trials we face in life. Only with You will we experience true healing. Thank you for your undying love and mercy and for the gift of Eternal Life. Amen.
Eternal rest grant unto the souls of the faithful departed, O Lord and let Your perpetual light shine upon them. Through Your mercy, may they rest in peace. Amen.

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