It seems to me that for most of us our spiritual life is hardly a direct route to the Lord but rather one filled with twists and turns along the way. It is often tension between hearing our own voice, doing our own will and hearing the voice of God and following His will which would lead us to fulfillment. Many of the lives of the saints also followed this pattern. This weekend’s biblical lessons are filled with themes of recognizing God’s voice and following Him. The young Samuel was a student of his prophetic teacher Eli when he was first called by the Lord. According to the biblical passage the Lord called Samuel three times but he always mistook God’s call for that of his mentor Eli. Eli recognizes that it may be the Lord calling the youth and teaches him how to respond with openness and willingness. This story is complemented with the Gospel of John’s account of the first followers of Jesus. Upon seeing Jesus walk by him John proclaims, “Behold the Lamb of God” after which two of John’s disciples begin to follow Jesus and spend the day with him. Convinced that Jesus is truly the Messiah of God Andrew, one of the two, seeks out his brother Simon and brings him to Jesus as well. Through these passages we learn that God will never give up asking us and inviting us to follow Him. Even if we mistake His call for something else He will call again and again until we answer. Secondly, when we say “yes” to God’s will we will experience a sense of fulfillment and know that we are where we need to be and willingly share that with others; helping others to hear and answer God’s call as well. Let us rededicate ourselves and tune our ears to hear God’s voice. Let us tune our will to God’s will. Let us permit ourselves to experience that fulfillment of God’s will in our own life and share our faith journey with others inviting them to the wellspring of salvation.
BREAK TIME ……Now that the “Upon This Rock” initiative’s public phase is completed at all three of our parishes, and the Holy Days are complete, Fr. Ron will be taking some time off from January 15th to the 22nd. Fr. Daniel and the Pastoral Team at each parish will be handling the ministry and business of the parishes.