The LORD called to Samuel, who answered “Here I am.” Samuel thought it was Eli who called him, for he was not familiar with the LORD, because the LORD had not revealed anything to him as yet. Fortunately, Eli realized after three times it was the LORD who was calling to Samuel, and so he told him to go back to sleep and if the LORD called again, he should reply, “Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.”
This past Advent and Christmas season we have heard often in the scriptures the word “Behold”—a word not all that common in our everyday parlance. A better word that communicates the meaning of “behold” is “listen.” Yes, listen to the miracle that is Jesus, Emmanuel, God is with us.
In the Gospel story about the cure of Peter’s mother-in-law, we read that Jesus grasped her hand and helped her up. And she was cured. Behold! Listen!
The LORD comes to us daily … hourly … every second of the day. Always to remind us of the meaning of Emmanuel, God is with us. And he is ever ready to grasp our hand and lift us up. Behold!
At each Eucharist we are reminded of God’s presence and called to be one of his disciples. Behold! The proper response is Samuel’s: Speak LORD, for your servant is listening.
How and to what is Emmanuel calling me/you today?
Let Us Pray:
I have waited, waited for the LORD,
And he stooped toward me and heard my cry.
Blessed the one who makes the LORD his trust;
In the written scroll it is prescribed for me.
To do your will, O my God, is my delight,
and your will is within my heart! Behold!
Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
(Today’s Psalm 40)
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)