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Called and never the same

posted Jan 12, 2018, 6:40 AM by Risen Christ   [ updated Jan 12, 2018, 6:41 AM ]
14 January 2018 ( 2ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME )

Called and never the same
Samuel’s story today exemplified the dynamics of God’s call. Eli’s wisdom and friendship were necessary in helping Samuel discern his call and hear the voice of the Lord. When we come before the Lord to listen to His Word, the cry of our hearts should be that of Samuel: “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.” But that isn’t always the case for us. In the Gospel, we see Jesus taking the initiative through a deep theological question to which Andrew and Simon Peter responded to his invitation to believe, discovered what his life was like, and they “stayed on” living in him and he in them. Being called doesn’t require any qualifications or merit like Samuel and the first disciples Jesus called. What matters the most is the total response we give to God in the dynamics of His proposal to us, we will never be the same because he has called us, loved us, changed us and made us into his image.