1st Reading:  1 Samuel 3: 3-10, 19

Psalm 39 (40): 2, 4, 7-10

2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 6: 13-15, 17-20

Gospel:  John 1: 35-42


Speak Lord your servant is listening.

Young Samuel did not recognise the voice of God when he heard it.

Eli, who was older and more experienced, advised Samuel and by following his advice he recognised that God was speaking with him.

John the Baptist pointed out Jesus to Andrew and his companion.

Andrew introduced Simon, his brother, to Jesus.

So many times, God speaks to us through each other.

He speaks to us through the inspired scriptures written by others.

He speaks to us through so many writings from within all the historic periods of the Church.  The writings of so many holy men and women.

He speaks to us through the teachings of the Church.  God speaks to us through the sacraments and the liturgy.

God speaks to us through others in our lives.  Our family members, others in the larger Church family, the poor, etc.

Like young Samuel, we all need at times someone older or more experienced to guide us in the spiritual journey.

For Simon and the other early disciples, the encounter with Jesus was life transforming.  Jesus even gave a new name to Simon.  He called him Peter, signifying a new role that he now had.

In Christian spirituality we are called to ‘wake up’.  We are called to be attentive so that we can listen.

Prayer and meditation provide a space where we can give our inner self a chance to catch up, to tune in, to ponder the actions of God in our lives.

In the second reading of the Mass this Sunday, in Corinthians, Paul reminds us of the dignity of the human body.

“The body is not meant for fornication: it is for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.”

We are reminded of the dignity of human sexuality.

Sexual interaction is for love-giving, life-giving, self-giving relationships.

Chastity is for all.  We do not pick up healthy sexual practices from the various forms of the media.  We are guided by the teachings of Christ and His Church.  Healthy human sexuality, befitting our God-given dignity, is much more than just gratification.  It is about true love of self and others.

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