Rev. Father Francis Stevenson, Pastor
Assigned Tahoe City: July 1, 2019
From Our Pastor Father Francis
The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 17, 2021
In the call of Samuel and of the first Apostles, today’s readings shed light on our own calling to be followers of Christ.
Notice in the Gospel today that John’s disciples are prepared to hear God’s call. They are already looking for the Messiah, so they trust in John’s word and follow when he points out the Lamb of God walking by.
Samuel is also waiting on the Lord—sleeping near the Ark of the Covenant where God’s glory dwells, taking instruction from Eli, the high priest.
Samuel listened to God’s word and the Lord was with him. And Samuel, through his word, turned all Israel to the Lord. The disciples too heard and followed—words we hear repeatedly in today’s Gospel. They stayed with the Lord and by their testimony brought others to the Lord.
These scenes from salvation history should give us strength to embrace God’s will and to follow His call in our lives.
God is constantly calling to each of us—personally, by name. He wants us to seek Him in love, to long for His word. We must desire always, as the apostles did, to stay where the Lord stays, to constantly seek His face.
For we are not our own, but belong to the Lord, as Paul says in today’s Epistle.
We must have ears open to obedience and write His word within our hearts. We must trust in the Lord’s promise—that if we come to Him in faith, He will abide with us, and raise us by His power. And we must reflect in our lives the love He has shown us, so that others too may find the Messiah.
As we renew our vows of discipleship in this Eucharist, let us approach the altar singing the new song of today’s Psalm: “Behold I come . . . to do your will O God.”