Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

January 9, 2018

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time 

Given how much there is that deserves attention in these readings, after each one I will offer a few words, rather than at the end.

Reading 1 1 Sm 3:3b-10, 19

Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the LORD
where the ark of God was.
The LORD called to Samuel, who answered, “Here I am.”
Samuel ran to Eli and said, “Here I am. You called me.”
“I did not call you,” Eli said. “Go back to sleep.”
So he went back to sleep.
Again the LORD called Samuel, who rose and went to Eli.
“Here I am, “he said.” You called me.”
But Eli answered, “I did not call you, my son. Go back to sleep.”
At that time Samuel was not familiar with the LORD,
because the LORD had not revealed anything to him as yet.
The LORD called Samuel again, for the third time.
Getting up and going to Eli, he said, “Here I am. You called me.”
Then Eli understood that the LORD was calling the youth.
So he said to Samuel, “Go to sleep, and if you are called, reply,
Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.”
When Samuel went to sleep in his place,
the LORD came and revealed his presence,
calling out as before, “Samuel, Samuel!”
Samuel answered, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
Samuel grew up, and the LORD was with him,
not permitting any word of his to be without effect.

Guidance is something we all need from time to time.  This is especially true in recognizing the voice of God and discovering our personal vocation.  Even Eli was not quite sure at first what to make of young Samuel’s behavior.  Would that we would prepare ourselves daily with the prayer of Samuel and also before we hear or read the Scripture.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10

  1. (8a and 9a) Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
    I have waited, waited for the LORD,
    and he stooped toward me and heard my cry.
    And he put a new song into my mouth,
    a hymn to our God.
    R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
    Sacrifice or offering you wished not,
    but ears open to obedience you gave me.
    Holocausts or sin-offerings you sought not;
    then said I, “Behold I come.”
    R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
    “In the written scroll it is prescribed for me,
    to do your will, O my God, is my delight,
    and your law is within my heart!”
    R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
    I announced your justice in the vast assembly;
    I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know.
    R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

Several times, we declare our readiness to do the Will of God.  Do we really mean it? Only our actions will show whether we do or not.

Reading II 1 Cor 6:13c-15a, 17-20

Brothers and sisters:
The body is not for immorality, but for the Lord,
and the Lord is for the body;
God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power.
Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?
But whoever is joined to the Lord becomes one Spirit with him.
Avoid immorality.
Every other sin a person commits is outside the body,
but the immoral person sins against his own body.
Do you not know that your body
is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you,
whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?
For you have been purchased at a price.
Therefore glorify God in your body.

If you use a screwdriver for just about everything, before long it will no longer be useful for its original purpose.  This is also true about sexuality.  Despite all the nonsense about “gender theory” that is being touted these days, without even the least scientific study, I might add, sex is meant to unite husbands and wives and the procreation of children.  It is not a toy nor an entitlement.  When it is thus abused it is no surprise that genuine life-long marriages are more difficult to establish.

Alleluia Jn 1:41, 17b

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    We have found the Messiah:
    Jesus Christ, who brings us truth and grace.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 1:35-42

John was standing with two of his disciples,
and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God.”
The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.
Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them,
What are you looking for?”
They said to him, “Rabbi” — which translated means Teacher —,
“where are you staying?”
He said to them, “Come, and you will see.”
So they went and saw where Jesus was staying,
and they stayed with him that day.
It was about four in the afternoon.
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter,
was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus.
He first found his own brother Simon and told him,
“We have found the Messiah” — which is translated Christ —.
Then he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said,
“You are Simon the son of John;
you will be called Cephas” — which is translated Peter.

I love to reflect on the questions that Christ asks in the Scriptures.  The one today is addressed to us as well.  What are you looking for from God, from the Church, from life?   

The change of a name is a very significant act.  As Abram became Abraham now Simon becomes Peter.  In former times when one entered religious life a new name was given.  Among the Jewish people the name was given by the father at the time of circumcision.  By this, the father publically recognizes his child as belonging to him.  Thusly, Jesus claims Simon as uniquely his own.  In our times, names are often chosen for less profound reasons and with less sense of meaning and purpose.  In Scripture a name is much more than a label, it is an identity and a dignity that tells the world who you are and whose you are.  Perhaps it is time we began to return to such a purpose.   

Our Return to Ordinary Time in the Liturgical year may seem a bit abrupt but each season has its purpose and its value.  May we become more deeply aware of the significance of these days. 


Fr. John

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