2nd Sunday Ordinary Time 2021

If you were to describe yourself, what would you say? Would you talk about how tall you are or the color of your eyes or speak about your ethnic group? Would you speak of your accomplishments and tell us about your career advancement?

Or would you start describing yourself in terms of your relationships? Would you describe yourself in terms of your powerful love relationships in your life – such as telling us that you are a husband or wife, father or mother, grandparent. I wonder how many of us would speak about our relationship with God. Would we start to say, “I am someone who follows the Lord.” Would you present yourself to others in terms of being a follower of Jesus? Would you say, ” I am a Christian.”

In today’s Scripture readings, we have Samuel and we have Simon. Both men have a powerful experience of God. And in that powerful experience of God, they are changed. Their very identity, their sense of who they are, their purpose in life changes because of their relationship with God

We enter into relationships that can forever change who we are. Our identity becomes deeply connected to another. This happens when we marry. This happens when we become a parent. This happens when we become a grandparent. This happens with significant friendships that impact us. We all have mentors and friends who have left there imprint upon our hearts. We may find ourselves taking on the wise ways of people that we admire and who were important to us at some point in our lives.

In our first reading we have Samuel. He is young. He hears God calling him, but he does not fully understand it. He seeks the counsel of his mentor and elder Eli. It is Eli who can bring him to understanding that it is God calling him. And it is Eli who provides the words of proper response for Samuel, “Speak Lord your servant is listening”.

Would you describe yourself as a good listener? So many times we admire people who have that admirable ability. Many times we want this to be part of who we are. We would like others to consider us to be a good listener. Now let’s think about our relationship with God. Are we a good listener when it comes to the Lord? Where do you hear God speaking to you? It could be in prayer. It could be in the wisdom of your elders who care for you. Even if they have passed away, their wisdom still reaches you through the years. You could hear God’s voice through your Scripture reading and reflection. You could hear God’s voice speaking in the wisdom of the Church. We may be like Samuel and not recognize God’s voice presenting itself to us. We may need help understanding. However we do know the proper response, and openness and a desire to do God’s will.

In our Gospel today, Jesus gives Simon a new name. Jesus names him Cephas- which means Rock. In English this translates as Peter. This is significant. Any time there is a change of name it signifies a change in identity, a change in relationship. Simon’s encounter with Jesus changed him. No longer a fisherman entering water to catch fish, but now one who enters ministry in the name of the Lord to catch hearts.

Both Samuel and Simon were changed by their relationship with the Lord. Both were sent to minister to others. Do you consider yourself called and sent to minister in the name of the Lord? By virtue of your baptism you have been called and sent. Every disciple of Christ is to minister to others. Who do you consider yourself sent to take care of? Would you ever consider the fact that you may have been sent to your job as part of God’s plan to care for others? You can care for your neighbors. We all have tremendous impact and those in our every day life. Do you consider that in the plan of God you were sent to your family members? Do you consider that you are to care for them, understand them, forgive them, guide them – in the way the pastor cares for the flock? You can be like Eli to Samuel – helping others to understand God’s ways.

So again I will ask you to reflect today, how would you describe yourself? Would you say that you have been called and sent to care for others? Would you say that you are doing your best to answer the call? It is your baptismal call. Today let us look and listen. Let us do our best to recognize and to hear the voice of God in our lives. Let us re-commit to being sent to others to serve them, to minister to them, to care for them. Let our daily lives begin in prayer with these words to our God, “Speak Lord, your servant is listening “.

First Reading
1 Sm 3:3b-10, 19

Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.

A reading from the first Book of Samuel

Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the LORD
   where the ark of God was.
The LORD called to Samuel, who answered, “Here I am.”
Samuel ran to Eli and said, “Here I am. You called me.”
“I did not call you,” Eli said. “Go back to sleep.”
So he went back to sleep.
Again the LORD called Samuel, who rose and went to Eli.
“Here I am,” he said. “You called me.”
But Eli answered, “I did not call you, my son. Go back to sleep.”

At that time Samuel was not familiar with the LORD,
   because the LORD had not revealed anything to him as yet.
The LORD called Samuel again, for the third time.
Getting up and going to Eli, he said, “Here I am. You called me.”
Then Eli understood that the LORD was calling the youth.
So he said to Samuel, “Go to sleep, and if you are called, reply,
   Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.”
When Samuel went to sleep in his place,
   the LORD came and revealed his presence,
   calling out as before, “Samuel, Samuel!”
Samuel answered, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

Samuel grew up, and the LORD was with him,
   not permitting any word of his to be without effect.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10

R. :

R. (8a and 9a) Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

I have waited, waited for the LORD,
   and he stooped toward me and heard my cry.
And he put a new song into my mouth,
   a hymn to our God.

R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

Sacrifice or offering you wished not,
   but ears open to obedience you gave me.
Holocausts or sin-offerings you sought not;
   then said I, “Behold I come.”

R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

“In the written scroll it is prescribed for me,
   to do your will, O my God, is my delight,
   and your law is within my heart!”

R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

I announced your justice in the vast assembly;
   I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know.

R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.


Second Reading
1 Cor 6:13c-15a, 17-20

Your bodies are members of Christ.

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

Brothers and sisters:
The body is not for immorality, but for the Lord,
   and the Lord is for the body;
God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power.

Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?
But whoever is joined to the Lord becomes one Spirit with him.
Avoid immorality.
Every other sin a person commits is outside the body,
   but the immoral person sins against his own body.
Do you not know that your body
   is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you,
   whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?
For you have been purchased at a price.
Therefore glorify God in your body.


Gospel Acclamation
Jn 1:41, 17b

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

We have found the Messiah:
Jesus Christ, who brings us truth and grace.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Jn 1:35-42

They saw where he was staying and they stayed wth him.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to John

John was standing with two of his disciples,
   and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said,
   “Behold, the Lamb of God.”
The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.
Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them,
   “What are you looking for?”
They said to him, “Rabbi”—which translated means Teacher—,
   “where are you staying?”
He said to them, “Come, and you will see.”
So they went and saw where Jesus was staying,
   and they stayed with him that day.
It was about four in the afternoon.
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter,
   was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus.
He first found his own brother Simon and told him,
   “We have found the Messiah”—which is translated Christ—.
Then he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said,
   “You are Simon the son of John;
   you will be called Cephas”—which is translated Peter.

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

6 thoughts on “2nd Sunday Ordinary Time 2021

  1. Great message! Thank you Andrew Hougan. We are all called and sent – by our baptism, not just for a priest. Our pastor needs to say this to us on a regular basis.

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  2. Speak Lord, your servant is listening! Pray for my priest and pastor to say this! I hope the Catholic Church will listen to God and heal our country. Thank you Andrew Hougan for writing.

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