The idea of VOCATION illustrated genuinely by the “ call ” of the boy Samuel in the sanctuary is the ” take away home ” for this beautiful sunday! – ( 1 Samuel 3: 3-10, 19 ).
” Speak your servant is listening ” : The word has become a consecrated phrase in the tradition: that means the READINESS TO SERVE; to place one’s entire life at the disposition of God; comes before – not after – discovering what exactly it is that the Lord is asking. The real response to VOCATION involves a ” blank cheque “, that means the totality of the trust for the owner’s account; not a ” WAIT & SEE ” response.
However, to-day Gospel ( John 1: 35-42 ) John the ” Baptist ” acts as a mentor for Jesus. He has publicly denied that he is himself the ” MESSIAH “, and spoken of a coming One, the thong of whose sandal he is unworthy to untie ( John 1: 19-27 ). But recognizing Jesus at His baptism, he points Him out to his own disciples as the ” LAMB OF GOD WHO TAKES AWAY THE SINS OF THE WORLD “; And urged them to follow Him. Because this is ” WHAT WE ALL WERE LOOKING FOR ” including John. A vocation will not succeed and until it is seen to respond to a yearning in the depth of one’s being –
Psalm 27: 4 ” The one thing I ask of the Lord – the thing I seek most… is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his temple. “.
Many generations long & thirst to see this day, where they will ” STAY & DWELL ETERNALLY WITH THE SON OF GOD – JESUS. – The word made flesh; who is eternally with the Father.
Jesus response ” COME AND SEE ” is an invitation to a life long ” CONTEMPLATION ” of God in the human life of Jesus – John 14: 9 ” ...ANYONE WHO HAS SEEN ME HAS SEEN THE FATHER! ”
Almighty, Merciful & Glorious ABBA Father – Jesus! Enable us to appreciate as Joshua did in Joshua 24: 15 ” …but as for me and my house, we will serve Jehovah. “ the sacredness of work while we have it to do. May the Holy Spirit strengthen us to do our part, even if it be in private obscurity and the night overtakes us before it is done. Amen!