Have You Heard the Call?

Today’s mass reading–beautifully set at the beginning of Ordinary Time–is the call of the boy Samuel. He is serving in the tabernacle when he hears the call of God in the night. He runs to old Eli and wakes him up twice before the old man tells him to respond to the voice of the Lord.

So he says, “Here I am Lord. Your servant is listening.”

I am convinced that many do not hear the voice of the Lord because they do not wish to hear the voice of the Lord, and what troubles and puzzles me most is that those who most do not wish to hear the voice of the Lord are the religious people.

I am so tired of nice, all together religious people who treat religion as the cherry on top of the cake of their beautiful, organized, prosperous lives. How can they hear the voice of the Lord when their ears are full of the noise of their own wonderfulness?

Instead, behold this child in his innocence, who hears the voice of the Lord calling in the night. First he is able to hear the voice of the Lord because he is already serving him. Second, he can hear the voice of the Lord because he has the trusting heart of a child–free of doubt and cynicism and fear. Third, he responds to the voice of the Lord with simplicity and total trust.

He has no fear. He has no concerns. He does not worry about what other people think of him. He is like the birds of the air and the flowers of the field.

“Unless you become like this little child you cannot enter the kingdom.”

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00707611566091137431 shadowlands

    I think some religious people are frightened of encountering Jesus. Their rituals stand as a safety barrier between them and God. I don't mean to reject rituals, as I often say, they are becoming more meaningful to me lately, not less. But good honest raw trust, how often I have needed that? I lead such a powerless life with regard to the circumstances in it, children's ongoing health issues, my own personal issues.I have had to develop a childlike faith (each morning, it all begins again each day). It wasn't really a choice. For people who, as you say, have control and security in the ways of the world, I can see it would be difficult to let go and let God. Yet it would be a sacrifice God would honour with much more given back in the world to come.People aren't ambitious enough for heaven maybe, or love affairs with the saints and the Holy Family!Real romance is dead, says the prophet. (Well, I don't think he did but he could of). Father Larry edwards gets the balance right, I reckon. He's orthodox yet promotes relationship with heaven and it's inhabitants. A bit like you Father D!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00707611566091137431 shadowlands

    I meant Father Larry Richards! Pastor Larry Edwards is a fundie Prod hahaha!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05301155340062218670 Fr. Gary V.

    The 1st reading yesterday at the Mass is memorable and instrumental in my vocation call to the priesthood. It was the passage that was read by the priest when I attended the "Come & See" vocation retreat. I finally answered our Lord after meditating the Word of God, "Speak Lord, your servant is listening."