The Lesson of Samuel

First Reading: 1 Sm 3:1-10, 19-20
Psalm: Ps 40:2 and 5, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10
Gospel: Mk 1:29-39

Samuel was lucky. Though he lived in a time where God’s revelation
had become uncommon, God reached out to Him. Luckier still Samuel
had Eli as a mentor to show him the way to receive God’s message.

But luck is not the lesson of Samuel and that of today’s Gospel
where the sick were fortunate to be at the right place and time to
receive Jesus’ healing power. The common message from the readings
today is God is present with us here in our world not only in the
past but also now.

Even as God may not reveal himself the way we would prefer Him to,
He is ready and eager to speak to us as He did with Samuel.
even as we may be bogged down with problems and feel that no one
seems to care, Jesus is there ready and eager to help us, as He was
with the sick and those possessed by demons.

We need to become like Samuel. Not only do we need to be ready to
listen but also, we need to persevere enough to wait for the Lord to
speak to us. We need to be like the sick and the downcast who not
only waited for Jesus but also reached out to Him with persistent

As Christian we need to wait, listen and seek God’s message through
prayer, and to strive for Jesus’ healing touch to make us become
better individuals.