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Call of Samuel Reflection on Today Reading

‘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, 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.
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.”

Our God is a living God who speaks to his people. However, Samuel is asleep and doesn’t recognize the voice of the Lord. The Lord calls him three times, but he doesn’t recognize the voice of God. However, Eli understands that it is God who is calling the young man. Eli tells the young Samuel, “Go to sleep, and if you are called, reply, Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”

Samuel is an image of of both every Christian and the Church. At times the Body of Christ needs to be awaken by the living God. Like Samuel at the beginning of the reading he could not hear the voice of the Lord. Eli is an image of the Church. Anyone, who thinks that they only need their bible to hear God, and not the Church will be mislead eventually. The Church confirm what the persons believes God spoke to them. The Church sometimes is also asleep, and needs a saintly person to awaken the Church.

Samuel is an image of the charismatic Church, and Eli is an image of the hierarchical Church. They form one Church. The Holy Spirit speaks to both the individual Christian, and the hierarchical Church.

St Francis heard God speaking to him one day in prayer, “Francis Francis rebuild my Church for it is falling apart.” Francis went to Rome to see the pope to confirm that he had heard correctly the voice of the Lord. The Pope gave Francis and his followers his blessing.

Thoughts for the day: Are you sleeping in your walk with God? Do You need to be awaken? Are you able to hear the voice of the Lord? Are you humble enough to submit to the authority of the Church?

Prayer for the day
Holy Spirit stir us up out of our sleep
Holy Spirit help me to hear the voice of Jesus in my life
Holy Spirit give me the humility to know that I can be mislead
Holy Spirit thank you for giving me the Church to guide and teach me
Speak Lord for here I am Lord I come to do your will

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Reflection from the ‘Soul Institute’ Jan 18 Sunday first reading of the day

"Let the Fire Fall"

“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, Samuel was…

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Fr Stefan reflects on Samuel and Pope Francis

"Let the Fire Fall"

We read at mass this morning, “So Eli said to Samuel, ‘Go to 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 3: 19-20)

God speaks to us in many different ways. Do we hear his voice?

The future Pope Francis recalls one day, while a student of chemistry at an industrial college…”It was September 21 – I always remember this – I went out for a walk with some friends and I passed the Iglesia de Flores. I went inside the church, I entered, I felt that I had to enter, there are things that you feel inside and you don’t really know what they are. I looked and it was dark, a September…

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Thoughts for the Theology of the Healing of the family tree from Gaudium et Spes Vatican II

‘The Close link between the Church and the whole human family. The joys and hopes and the sorrows and anxieties of people today, especially of those who are poor and afflicted, are also the joys and hopes, sorrows and anxieties of the disciples of Christ, and there is nothing human which does not also affect them. Their community is composed of people united in Christ who are directed by the Holy Spirit in their pilgrimage towards the Father’s kingdom and who have received the message of salvation to be communicated to everyone. For this reason it feels itself closely linked to the human race and its history.’ (Par 1)

The Church is linked to the whole human race as the whole human race makes its pilgrimage towards the Father’s kingdom.

‘ The incarnate word and human solidarity. Just as God did not create human being to live separately but to form a human society. It also ‘pleased God…not to sanctify and save them individually without mutual relationships, but to make them into a people which would recognise God in holiness. From the very beginning of the history of salvation God chose men and women not as individuals but as members of a community. In revealing this plan God called those whom he had chosen ‘my people’ (Ex 3, 7-12) with whom God also made a covenant at Sinai.’ (p 32)

When I am blessing someone about to die. I often read this scripture from the book of Revelation.

‘I, John saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heavens and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no longer. I also saw a new Jerusalem, the holy City, coming down out of heaven from God, beautiful as a bride prepared to meet her husband.’ (Rev 21 1-5)

Salvation is likened to a City. Pope Francis likened the Church view of salvation to a city. A city is a large group of people. There is no personal salvation. It is the Holy City that comes down from heaven.

Often when people are about to die they are reaching out their hands to greet their loved one who have gone before them.

When I am at the bed side of someone dying. I pray the litany of the saints.
Holy Mary Mother of God pray for him/her
Holy Angels of God pray for him/her
Saint John the Baptist pray for him/her
Saint Joseph pray for him/her
Saint Peter Saint Paul pray for him/her
All holy men and women pray for him/her
etc….

Often I will ask their ancestors to pray for him/her