Reflection of the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Pius X | News
16 Jan 2021

The story of God calling Samuel by name is almost magical.  And as magical as it might seem, that story is our story too.  Because he stands for all of us ~ people of no significance, the small print of life. We may not be important in the eyes of society but none of us is ever ignored by God.  We are always in God’s mind and forever under his care.  When we were baptized our ears were symbolically opened to hear God’s call.  In the noisy ranting world in which we live, there is a danger of God’s voice being drowned out and not heard. That is why it is important to have a quiet and peaceful corner to develop pockets of silence, where we can be alone to listen to the voice of God, calling us and directing us along his pathway.  God can only speak to a person who is listening.  We tend to talk too much and listen too little. God’s call is an on-going affair and often reaches us through the plight of a neighbor.  It takes courage to open our hearts and answer that call.  Sacrifices will have to be made and a comfortable lifestyle disturbed.  If we are to be the people God wants us to be and to do the job he intends us to do, we must give ourselves willingly to Jesus who has already given himself to us.  Openness to others combined with real sensitivity to their needs and a willingness to share our time and material goods, are essential qualities for us to develop if we are to share fully in Christ’s vocation.