Posted by: livingscripture | January 11, 2012

First Wednesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Samuel ran to Eli and said, ‘Here I am.  You called me’.”

                                      1Samuel 3: 6                                                                                              

How should we live this Word

Today we are presented with Samuel and Eli.  One is a youth still untrained in God’s ways but available to His action.  And we have a good, elderly priest but one who was incapable of educating his own sons.  There was nothing to mark him as a spiritual guide.  And yet, it was precisely to him that the care of Samuel was entrusted.  Thanks to his mediation, Samuel will learn to recognize the Lord’s voice and to assume a right attitude in its regard.

It is not easy today to discern God’s solicitations among the proposals, often subtle and persuasive, that bombard us.  Yet, the success of our life is played out here.  Honest teachers are needed who know how to educate to discernment without substituting for the person.  It is too easy to let ourselves be deafened by those who shout the loudest, or by the fact that ‘everyone is doing it’, or by following our own whims.  Discernment is a gift to ask humbly of the Lord.

However, this is not enough. Samuelreveals himself to be in a listening attitude that succeeds to perceive the calls of the elderly priest even when he is asleep.  It is an active listening that wakens him and makes him run solicitously to Eli.  It is this attitude that will make him a docile instrument in God’s hands and an illumined guide for Israel.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will evaluate my spiritual journey, recognizing how easy and dangerous it is to rely on myself or to trust indiscriminately.  Do I have a solid point of reference in my life?  Have I chosen a guide only after prayer and with much care?

Lord, You are the only Teacher.  Your words illumine my path and You sustain me with Your Sacraments but you often reach us through the mediation of others.  Grant that I may have such mediation so that I may not run in vain.

The voice of Pope Benedict XVI

The Church continues to recommend the practice of spiritual direction, not only for those who want to follow the Lord more closely, but also for all Christians who want to live their Baptism, their new life in Christ, responsibly


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