Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 11, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 Samuel 3:1-10, 19-20
Psalm 40:2 and 5, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Today we hear the story of how the young Samuel is called by the Lord
serve Him. Samuel misunderstands the call, thinking Eli is calling him
it is not until the third time that Eli realized what is happening and
it clear to Samuel how to respond. Scripture is full of many instances
where the Lord calls people to do His work and serve Him. The
those called are as unique as those who are called. Moses approached
burning bush in curiosity. Jonah fled as far away as he could possibly
Peter and Andrew gave up their careers to become fishermen of a
One must wonder how many times we are called by the Lord and mistake
call for something other than what it is. Or perhaps we understand it
completely but run as Jonah did. Some of us may take the way of Peter
leave and immediately answer the call. Samuel was fortunate: he had
man in tune with the Lord to guide him.
I once knew a man who spent
his life in the legal profession only to change what he was doing
to serve the rest of his career in service of the poor. "It was only
finding a spiritual advisor, he told me, "that I realized my true
due to the help of my advisor and friend."
Finding an "Eli" is good
for us today. Many of us should seek out a spiritual advisor to guide
and help us interpret what we're hearing from the Lord. This may be a
priest, a deacon or other learned and holy person. It worked for my
and it worked for Samuel.
- Don Claunch, SFO
(dlclaunch at bresnan dot net)
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