In the first Reading from 1 Samuel 3:3B-10,19 “Samuel, was sleeping in the temple of the Lord, where the Ark of God was.” During the night Samuel heard a voice calling him and assumed that it was Eli, the priest. Only after the third time did Eli realize that God was in fact calling the boy, Samuel. Then Eli told Samuel that the next time he heard the voice he was to reply: “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3: v9. This was the moment when both Eli and Samuel realized that God was in fact calling the boy, “And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and not one of his words fell to the ground” (verse 19). Sometimes the Lord speaks immediately and other times He takes a little time to clarify the matter for us, because God is full of love and compassion. We too are called and God gives us the opportunity to respond.
In the refrain of the response to the psalm we realize that there is a development in the way the Lord helped Samuel to respond and He does the same for us along the way, by the use of the Scriptural text in this case of Psalm 40:8a, “Here I am Lord; I come to do your will.” This further elucidates how the story fits into the context of the readings of this Sunday. We are called to respond to God’s call, but it all takes time, and the Lord is patient with us.
In this Sunday’s gospel we find John, the disciple of Jesus addressing two apostles and pointing to Jesus in the words: “Behold, the Lamb of God” and the two disciples followed Jesus. In our own lives we ask Jesus similar questions “where are you staying?” Jesus replies: “Come and you will see” John 1: and they followed him.
Am I ready to take the risk of accepting the invitation from Jesus through another person?
Sister Jacinta Teixeira, OP