Readings for Jan 15, 2012: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19    1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20    John 1:35-42     The Message

   1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19

 

   “Speak, God. I’m Ready to Listen”

One night it happened that Samuel was still in bed in the Temple of God, where the Chest of God rested.

Then God called out, “Samuel, Samuel!”

Samuel answered, “Yes? I’m here.” Then he ran to Eli saying, “I heard you call. Here I am.”

Eli said, “I didn’t call you. Go back to bed.” And so he did.

God called again, “Samuel, Samuel!”

Samuel got up and went to Eli, “I heard you call. Here I am.”

Again Eli said, “Son, I didn’t call you. Go back to bed.” (This all happened before Samuel knew God for himself. It was before the revelation of God had been given to him personally.)

God called again, “Samuel!”—the third time! Yet again Samuel got up and went to Eli, “Yes? I heard you call me. Here I am.”

That’s when it dawned on Eli that God was calling the boy. So Eli directed Samuel, “Go back and lie down. If the voice calls again, say, ‘Speak, God. I’m your servant, ready to listen.'” Samuel returned to his bed.

Then God came and stood before him exactly as before, calling out, “Samuel! Samuel!”

Samuel answered, “Speak. I’m your servant, ready to listen.”

Samuel grew up. God was with him, and Samuel’s prophetic record was flawless.

© 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

 

      1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20

 

^  You know the old saying, “First you eat to live, and then you live to eat”? Well, it may be true that the body is only a temporary thing, but that’s no excuse for stuffing your body with food, or indulging it with sex. Since the Master honors you with a body, honor him with your body!

God honored the Master’s body by raising it from the grave. He’ll treat yours with the same resurrection power.

Didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The

physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.

© 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

 

      John 1:35-42

 

          Come, See for Yourself

 

The next day John was back at his post with two disciples, who

were watching. He looked up, saw Jesus walking nearby, and said, “Here

he is, God’s Passover Lamb.”

The two disciples heard him and went after Jesus. Jesus looked

over his shoulder and said to them, “What are you after?”

They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

He replied, “Come along and see for yourself.”

They came, saw where he was living, and ended up staying with him for

the day. It was late afternoon when this happened.

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard

John’s witness and followed Jesus. The first thing he did after finding

where Jesus lived was find his own brother, Simon, telling him, “We’ve

found the Messiah” (that is, “Christ”). He immediately led him to Jesus.

Jesus took one look up and said, “You’re John’s son, Simon? From now

on your name is Cephas” (or Peter, which means “Rock”).

© 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

No comments yet

Comments are closed