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Friday, January 15, 2021
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
Many times, when someone telephones us, it takes but a few moments to recognize our friend’s voice. Once that happens, we engage head long in full conversation. If our acquaintance is using a speaker phone or blue tooth device, it may take a few more seconds before we recognize them and then feel comfortable to proceed.
As we enter this period of the “Ordinary Time” or “Order of Time” of our church we begin with a series of readings that deal with recognition of when God is speaking to us.
The first reading is a beautiful story of the young Samuel who is living in the temple precincts and under the direction of senior prophet Eli. God wakes him and calls to him three times, but he fails to recognize the voice of God. It was more logical to expect that it was his mentor Eli who was calling him. After the third time, Eli figured out that it must be the Lord calling the lad and instructs Samuel how to respond if God were to call him yet again. God does call and Samuel begins to then recognize the voice of God.
The Gospel text from the beginning of the Gospel of St. John speaks also of recognition and callings. First, John the Baptist recognizes Jesus and points Him out as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” Two of John’s disciples begin following Jesus and remain with him. Andrew seeks out his brother Simon and brings him to Jesus who calls Simon to follow Him by changing his Simon’s name to Peter; the rock.
Even in these turbulent times for the Church, God still calls many to follow him. Through Pope Francis, God called Bishop Michael Fisher to come to Buffalo and Shepherd God’s people here. God is still calling many to lives of dedicated service to the Kingdom and the Church here on earth by responding to God’s invitation to Priesthood, the service ministry of the Deaconate, or following the Lord as a female or male in vowed religious life. God also calls us all to work for the good of God’s Kingdom in varied ways of service.
May we grow in our ability to recognize God speaking to us within our hearts. May we have the courage to respond: “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.”