2nd Sunday of OT - January 17, 2021

Today’s Gospel and readings are about people being called to follow Jesus and to do God’s will.  The invitation is welcoming and intriguing, “Come and you will see.”  The question for us is, of course, “How are we called by the Lord?”  Certainly through the waters of baptism.  Out of all the seven and one half billion people in the world, we were invited to be a Christian and a Catholic.  We have responded to that calling and have been walking the journey of discipleship.  Once again, we are called this weekend to be nourished by God’s Word and in sacrament either in person at Mass or, because of the pandemic, on our own personal health, to participate by watching the Eucharist online.

Each person, in today’s readings, who receives a call needs an intermediary.  Without Eli, Samuel would not have realized who was calling.  Andrew only followed Jesus because John the Baptist identified him as the Lamb of God.  Then Simon Peter was brought to Jesus by Andrew after their encounters.  Each one’s life is transformed, for each one stays with the Lord and the Lord stays with each one.

How can I discern the Lord’s call among the many voices I hear throughout this week?  How can I be one who in the name of the Lord calls to follow him?  We have within ourselves the necessary means   to live out Christ’s mission.  Our hands and arms and voices are empowered by the Holy Spirit to serve one another, building up the kingdom, and glorifying God.  As our psalm response this weekend, says, “Here am I Lord, I come to do your will.”

Love, Peace, Joy,

Fr. Bob


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