January 12, 2022

I remember growing up when my dad needed something, he would start calling out our names like a litany. I had three siblings, and after time, we learned to listen to his voice to determine if he was angry, in need of help, or just wanting to greet us after a long day at work. No matter what, we responded because he was our dad, always attentive to our need for correction, guidance, and affection—Father knew best.

In today’s first reading, Samuel hears the call of the Lord but does not listen until Eli, realizing that it is the Lord calling, imparts his wisdom to Samuel. Go to sleep, and if you are called, reply, speak Lord, for your servant is listening.

I always considered this reading from Samuel as a call to service to God and humankind. We serve through our parish as religious or committed lay people in a variety of ways, expanding our service to family, friends, community, and those less fortunate.

The gospel today gives another perspective to hearing the voice of God. Rather than a call to service, we experience God’s desire to nourish, heal, and sustain us. Jesus heals Simon’s mother-in-law, drives out demons, and cures various diseases. He stops to pray for guidance and strength from his Father, and once renewed and restored; he continues his mission of preaching and healing.

We can all take advice from Saint Eymard. You are his servant, you have given him everything, you are entirely his. He has accepted you into his service and has even crucified you with him. How would you not rest in his arms like a beloved child! (CO 2006)

For today, will you listen to God’s voice and take time to rest in his arms?

Closing Prayer:

We thank you for the gift of your son Jesus. Open our ears to listen to your call not only to love and serve others in your name but to hear your call to heal and restore us to new life. Amen.


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About Patty Pizzitola

Patty is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament at Corpus Christi Parish in Houston TX.