Posted by: livingscripture | January 10, 2012

First Tuesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“In her bitterness, Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping copiously…O Lord of hosts, if you look with pity on the misery of your handmaid, if you give your handmaid a male child, I will give him to the Lord for as long as he lives…”

                                   Samuel 1: 9-20                                                                                             

How should we live this Word

The first Book of Samuel marks the passage from a tribal confederation, continually menaced by the surrounding peoples, to the construction of a kingdom.  Between these two socio-political situations, we find the great personage of Samuel, the last of the Judges and Prophets.

The episode proposed by today’s Liturgy presents his family of origin, a theater of poisonous rivalry.  His mother Hannah is sterile; a humiliating limitation for a daughter of Israel that is rendered even more painful by the mean attacks of Elkanah’s other wife, Peninnah.  The husband’s love of predilection for her does not alleviate her sorrow.

However, it is precisely this impotence trustfully handed over to the Lord that will manifest the divine intervention and will not only make her womb fecund, but will also give Israel once again a guide that will lead it on the road of fidelity.  Thus the response will go far beyond her expectations, for her son will not only be a gift for her, but for the whole of Israel which will find a point of light in him to illumine their journey.

It is her attitude of trustful abandonment to God that brings her peace in the vicissitudes of life.  This is the real attitude of true prayer.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will imitate Hannah in her confident prayer as I hand over to God what I hold most dear at heart.

Lord, You see, You know, You love.  I hand over everything to You with immense trust and total abandon.  I thank You for all You have done for me until now and I know that Your response will always be one of love. 

The voice of Blessed Joseph Edward Rosaz, Bishop and Founder 

Prayer is the star that guides our little boat on the tempestuous seas of life.

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