Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – Thoughts from our Pastor

Thoughts from our Pastor

(1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19; I Cor 6: 13c-15a, 17-20 : John 1: 35-42)


The phrase repeated twice in I Samuel (“Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.”) and our refrain in the Responsorial Psalm (“Here I am Lord, I come to do your will.”) fittingly set the tone; as well as indicate the hoped-for action (following the Lord!)in today’s reading. Those who encounter the Lord are asked to not let it be a casual one-off encounter but rather a life-changing event. Samuel …Andrew…Peter … their lives were never the same after meeting the Lord!

You and I are meant to have that same type of encounter with the Lord. Perhaps it is not as dramatic, but it is never the less REAL if we are open to God’s MANY MYSTERIOUS ways of communicating with us. Obviously, the WORD, the EUCHARIST, the GATHERED PRAYERFUL COMMUNITY at Mass comes to mind. But our readings today make it ever so clear that our God is not limited in ways of being in contact with us.

Maybe a good exercise for each of us these days of “Ordinary Time” might be to reflect on how many and varied ways the Lord is calling to us. Each day in undramatic, non-sensational, non-spectacular˷ i.e. “ordinary” events and people we encounter each day. Are all our “antenna” up? How are we responding to the myriad ordinary calls to LOVE… our God, ourselves, others?

Father Shields


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