Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 15, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19
Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Our readings today are all about call. In the first reading, the Lord
the young boy, Samuel, in the middle of the night. Samuel thinks that
voice he hears is that of Eli, the old priest with whom he lives in the
Temple school. After Eli has sent him back to sleep a couple of times,
priest realizes that it is God Himself who is calling the lad. So he
Samuel, that if he hears the voice again, he is to say, "Speak Lord,
your servant is listening."
Again, the theme of "call" is found in Johnšs Gospel. John, the
messenger of the Lord, points out Jesus to his followers, calling Him,
"Lamb of God". Andrew, one of the disciples, finds out where Jesus
and is so impressed with what he sees that he quickly goes to share the
with his older brother, Simon Peter.
What if, even when Samuel knew that God was calling him, he had just
over and gone back to sleep as before? Or what if Peter, after
his younger brother, had just decided that fishing was a more
to make a living? Not that therešs anything wrong with sleeping or
but therešs a world out there desperately in need of Eucharist, and
of people could starve to death if young people continue to ignore the
invitation of Jesus.
We need more Elišs and John the Baptists and Andrews helping our young
people recognize the Voice thatšs calling them. It could be a priest,
parent, or just a good friend of someone that seems to really cut out
ministry in the Church. This Sundayšs readings seem to be calling
and clearly to all of us!
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(smartins at frontiernet dot net)
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