January 12, 2021
We have two powerful stories of people being called into God’s service. Our first reading tells the story of the young Samuel who is instructed by Eli to respond: “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.” Our gospel from John narrates the story of Jesus’ calling of the first disciples. Interestingly, someone in each story helps another to hear God’s call. Eli, realizing what is happening, provides instruction to Samuel so that he will be able to hear and respond to God. Simon, now called Peter, is led to Jesus by his brother Andrew. We often need a friend or companion to help us to sort out the different voices and learn to recognize, trust, and respond to God’s voice.
Hearing God’s voice is not easy. We are constantly bombarded by many “voices” in our world and to be able to hear God in the midst of these “voices” can be difficult. We need silence in prayer to create the space for us to hear God’s voice. We also need courage to respond generously and humbly to God’s call to be a good person who can help to make a difference in the lives of those with whom God has entrusted us.