Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the
ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
1st Samuel 3:1-20
1st Corinthians 6:11b-20
In our New Testament lesson, Jesus has just come from being baptized by John. According to Matthew’s gospel Jesus had first gond into the desert to be tempted for forty days. John doesn’t mention that event although we can be sure that took place before Jesus began to choose his disciples, those who would be with him for the following three years.
We have all be taught that Jesus’ first miracle was the turning of water into wine at the wedding in Cana. His new followers witnessed this miracle and believed in his power. However, I would suggest that before this Jesus gave his followers another sign of his greatness. It may not have been a miracle but certainly it was a sign of his greatness.
We know that the first disciples to be called were James and John and Peter and Andrew. They were all fishermen and they had left their nets in response to Jesus call to follow him and become “fishers of men.” The next person to be called was Philip and he went and told his friend, Nathanael that he had met the true Messiah. You may be familiar with Nathanael’s reply to his friend’s announcement. He said, “can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Nathanael was from Bethsaida, a large city and he couldn’t imagine anything special coming from the little town of Nazareth. Maybe Nathanael was a snob or maybe just a realist. Who might have guessed that the long awaited Messiah might come from the little village of Nazareth.
When Nathanael met Jesus, he was amazed that Jesus knew who he was even though they had never met. Not a miracle, but certainly another example of the fact that Jesus was the son of God.
Another thing that we learn from our readings is that God calls his followers and has a task for each of them. Our job is to discern God’s will for our lives and then attempt to do it to the best of our ability.
Our Old Testament lesson is another example of God calling someone to a special task. Young Samuel didn’t recognize God’s calling until his teacher, Eli told his to respond to God’s call with the words, “here am I Lord. I’m listening.”
I mentioned last week that we need to learn to listen to God because he wants to speak to us. He wants to tell us he loves us. And he wants to share his plan for our lives. From the beginning of time God has turned over a great deal of responsibility to his creation. He gave Adam and Eve dominion over all that he had made. And still today God entrusts to each of us a special task…a plan that only each individual can fulfill. You and I have been called to be a disciple and we have been called to listen to God.
May we continue to do these things remembering always that God is good…all the time. Amen.
An Act of Spiritual Communion
“My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the holy sacrament of your body and blood. I love you above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot at this time receive you sacramentally, I invite you to come spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were here with me and I unite myself with you fully. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen
A Prayer for the Church and Benediction:
Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers this parish family. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent. Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
May the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.