January 14, 2018

1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19


Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. The Lord called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.


Psalm 40: 1, 3, 6-9


I waited patiently for the Lord;

he inclined to me and heard my cry.

He put a new song in my mouth,

a song of praise to our God.

Sacrifice and offering you do not desire,

but you have given me an open ear.

Burnt offering and sin offering

you have not required.

Then I said, “Here I am;

in the scroll of the book it is written of me.

I delight to do your will, O my God;

your law is within my heart.”

I have told the glad news of deliverance

in the great congregation;

see, I have not restrained my lips,

as you know, O Lord.



1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20



The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.



John 1 35-42


The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he 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 see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).




At first glance, the reading from Corinthians may not seem to fit with the other readings. In the letter to the Corinthians, we are warned about immorality, specifically fornication, a sin that is practiced today and spoken of sometimes without any shame. We are told that this sin is against the body, and that the body is a vessel of the Holy Spirit to use as God ordains.


In light of this notion of our calling to purity and in that purity, vocation, we see the other readings are about chosen men who listen for the Lord. Samuel was the first of the Major Prophets and we begin the book of Kings with him. Then in the Gospel we find ourselves with the greatest prophet, John, and his disciples, Andrew and Simon Peter, who are waiting and watching for the Messiah. They are all single-hearted for God and waiting to hear his voice so they can serve him.


It is our turn now to ask what we do to emulate these men who were called and responded. Are we pure of heart enough to listen to God and obey his law? Are we patient with God and his timing? Do we realize that we are also meant to bring people to Jesus?


Prayer: Heavenly Father, I ask in the Name of your Son Jesus, for the grace to be single-minded for you and for your service. May I patiently discern my vocation and mission and for your Spirit to guide me in all that I do. Help me to draw others to you so that they might come to know you. Thank you Jesus!



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