Reflection from Fr. Taylor: January 14, 2018, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

None of us can say that there is only one way God speaks to our life and our heart. It come on many different occasions and different times on our life’s journey. The readings tells us Samuel did not catch on right away to Jesus’ call to Him, but the Lord was very patient knowing that it takes time. All of the prophets of old testament which the Lord called did not fully grasp what He was asking, and what the outcome would be. But they all ultimately said yes regardless of the price they had to pay.

Jesus today keeps sending all kind of messages our way. Even though He knows we will miss some of them or most of them in the commotions of life. I am sure that the Lord has said several things to us even in the beginning of this new year. Things that we can do to make ourselves a better person and more available to the Lord. Also things that we can do to help others. We can be spreaders of peace and acceptance. How we can really spread love during a time of so much hate.

When you attend Mass if you feel your heart is being moved even if its only by one phrase from the homily or the readings act on it. Remember it is not only emotion. It could be the Holy Spirit stirring within you. If someone ask for your attention it may be that the Lord is asking you to be of comfort to them, to take time to listen.

Remember if today we hear His voice let us not harden our hearts. What does it mean to serve? It means to be a family in the name of Christ. A challenge for us in the year 2018. Never give up and we never say life could not be better. Jesus has proven time and time again that this is certainly not so. We say Amen and welcome our new king, our new savior into the world.

May each of you have a blessed and peace-filled New Year.

 

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