Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Catholic Reflections 648 : Homily Second Sunday Ordinary time year B - 14th January, 2018

Homily Second Sunday Ordinary time year B - 14th January 2018

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD
First Reading: 1 Samuel 3:3-10. 19
Psalm: Ps 39:2. 4. 7-10. “
Here am I Lord; I come to do your will.
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 6:13-15. 17-20
Gospel Acclamation: John 1:41. 17
Gospel: John 1:35-42
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Please listen to my audio recordings of the readings, prayers and reflections for the Second Sunday Ordinary time year B - 14th January, 2018 by clicking this link here:   https://soundcloud.com/user-633212303/2b-ordinary-faith-hope-and-love  (EPISODE: 70)
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The first reading is that wonderful, and really famous scene, of Samuel, hearing a voice in the night…..  and not knowing the meaning of it or how to answer…….  It is delightful It makes sense that if you heard a voice in the night, you might go and check to see if the other person in the house had called out to you. Eli initially thinks it is a dream and tells him a few times to go back to bed……  but then realizes ……  it is, in fact, God calling Samuel !!………

Sometimes it takes a mentor or guide, a holy and wise-person, like the prophet Eli, who realises that this experience was an encounter with God, and tells Samuel to invite God to speak… and then to listen to what God has to say…..


It is a reminder of how important it is to have a listening heart…….   To listen to the presence of God in our midst……..  and to listen to each other… and


It is virtually unheard of… and certainly not “the norm” to hear God’s voice in clear, audible words, such as Samuel heard….. but nevertheless, we do believe that God’s voice, God’s will, is able to be heard and discerned from with the gentle silence of a listening and open heart, where God makes his home…
     
It is so vital that we make space for listening to God in the silence and the stillness of our hearts; giving space to listen to God, amidst the noise and clamouring of contrary and competing values.

More than ever, it is so important, in a world of rushing and noise, (where silence seems alien to so many)…..   this is actually a call to find space for silence and stillness, to listen to the wordless voice of God, and to discern what God might be about in our lives.

This can be at times unfamiliar and unsettling, but it is still so important…  for it is from within the silence and stillness that God’s word can be heard.

Jesus was so busy in his life and ministry, but he did not ever let the incredible demands of people, teaching, healing and proclaiming, stop him from the prayer and silence that he needed….. so he would go off at night, to a lonely place to pray and be still……and we are told more than once that he often spent the whole night in prayer…….   it was THAT essential to Jesus and who he was and his ministry……..


 Whilst God is most certainly present and at work in the bustle and busyness, and noise of everyday life too ………    nevertheless…….I truly believe that God’s will and God’s word are very hard to discern in the noise, hype and clamour of our non-stop culture………, There is an excess of action, entertainment and the ever-shifting trends….This can confuse and distract us and drown out the subtle words of the Lord. The Lord’s word continues to be found in stillness, silence and listening.……   


And, built upon this, as Saint Paul reminds us……..   God wants us to give our lives completely to and for Him! …..   This is a refreshing and challenging concept…… What is the meaning of my life?…. Why am I here?… what am I to do?…… The detail and specifics of that are not at all easy to discern…


However, the general direction of our life IS easier to discern….   For, … whatever we do… whatever we are called to be or do in life…..… whatever our vocation and direction…… we are called to put our lives and our bodies at the service of Christ…. and allow our lives to be temples and places where the Holy Spirit is present and at work…..


In the gospel, we see that his would-be disciples rather wonderfully approach Jesus and ask him about himself……….Jesus says…. ‘come and see’  … and they go with him and stay with him all day….. What they see, hear and feel is so profound, having spent the whole day with him… that they become his followers………..….One of these first two followers, Andrew, tells his own brother, Peter, about Jesus and then Peter becomes a follower too (now THERE is the Christian witness …   having experienced THE PERSON OF Christ we go and share this news with others and they too come to see and meet Jesus…  )…  …… It is also a reminder…. That once we encounter the beauty and meaning of Christ’s life and mission in our own lives….. we can share that with others and gently invite, at the right opportunity, and with the right words or context…..others we know and love to come and see what it is about too……


We ought never forget that great saying attributed to Saint Francis….    “it is the duty of each and every Christian to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to everyone we meet..  and occasionally when necessary, to even use words”   Wonderful,. (and how true!.....For who we are and what we do and what we value and how we act and our attitudes and priorities and dispositions..   These often preach louder to others than any words we find to utter… )


I wonder if Jesus said much to them as they spent the day with him…    ???  …. Maybe but perhaps not……. …. I wonder if he did a lot….perhaps….. but maybe not……   What if just being with him, sitting with him, and the occasional word, the occasional question… the silence… the ‘centred-ness’ ……… was the beginning of the passion of discipleship coming alive in them…and sending them out to others.. and to all the world….  

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References:
Fr Paul W. Kelly

A BOOK OF GRACE-FILLED DAYS. BY ALICE CAMILLE

MONASTERY OF CHRIST IN THE DESERT. ABBOT’S HOMILY.

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Second Sunday Ordinary time year B
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14th January 2018)

(EPISODE: 70 )

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (or/ The Lord be with You)
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Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
Lord Jesus, you are mighty God and Prince of peace. Lord have mercy//  You are Son of God and the Son of Mary. Christ have mercy// You are Word made flesh, the splendour of the Father. Lord have mercy.
May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.  Amen.
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Memorial Acclamation

Save us, Saviour of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.

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Sundays Ordinary I

Eucharistic Prayer One

Communion side.  pwk: 
LH
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Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.



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