Today's mass reading from the Bible January/15/2012 (Sunday catholic church Scripture liturgy, day daily word of God)

First Reading: 1 Samuel 3: 3 - 10, 19

3 the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down within the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was.
4 Then the LORD called, "Samuel! Samuel!" and he said, "Here I am!"
5 and ran to Eli, and said, "Here I am, for you called me." But he said, "I did not call; lie down again." So he went and lay down.
6 And the LORD called again, "Samuel!" And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, "Here I am, for you called me." But he said, "I did not call, my son; lie down again."
7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.
8 And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, "Here I am, for you called me." Then Eli perceived that the LORD was calling the boy.
9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, "Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, `Speak, LORD, for thy servant hears.'" So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
10 And the LORD came and stood forth, calling as at other times, "Samuel! Samuel!" And Samuel said, "Speak, for thy servant hears."
19 And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.

Psalms 40: 2, 4, 7 - 10

2 He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.
4 Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after false gods!
7 Then I said, "Lo, I come; in the roll of the book it is written of me;
8 I delight to do thy will, O my God; thy law is within my heart."
9 I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; lo, I have not restrained my lips, as thou knowest, O LORD.
10 I have not hid thy saving help within my heart, I have spoken of thy faithfulness and thy salvation; I have not concealed thy steadfast love and thy faithfulness from the great congregation.

Second reading: 1 Corinthians 6: 13 - 15, 17 - 20

13 "Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food" -- and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.
15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never!
17 But he who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.
18 Shun immorality. Every other sin which a man commits is outside the body; but the immoral man sins against his own body.
19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own;
20 you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Gospel Reading: John 1: 35 - 42

35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples;
36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God!"
37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.
38 Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said to them, "What do you seek?" And they said to him, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?"
39 He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where he was staying; and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.
40 One of the two who heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.
41 He first found his brother Simon, and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which means Christ).
42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him, and said, "So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas" (which means Peter).

Sermon/Homily By Sr.Francine

John 1, 35-42 The desire of a number of our contemporaries is to "meet God." Let's try to answer the question of humanity by describing the two events described in the biblical texts we have read.

The first hearing in the first reading is the abrupt manner of God manifested to a child, Samuel, who is not asked, he sleeps. The child, awakened by the call, will find twice Eli, the old priest who is lying in the next room, and Eli returns, saying: "I did not call. "It is only then that the priest advised Samuel to answer, if still hear the call," Speak Lord, your servant is listening. " And when God speaks to Samuel, to entrust a mission. I do not know if such an experience happened to any of you, but I have no right to question the way God has to meet a particular person. Even today, we have quite a few testimonies of converts. I think of Paul Claudel who tells how, one afternoon of Christmas at Notre-Dame de Paris, everything changed in his life, when the moment before it was totally unbelievable. I think a reporter today, Andre Frossard, who says in a book entitled "God exists, I met him," a similar meeting.

I have no right to question this type of meeting, but I would like to elaborate more on one type of encounter slower, more normal, which is illustrated by the story of today's Gospel: the meeting of Andrew and his friend Jesus. There is in the Gospel account a number of verbs that describe the path of these two men: there is "hear, follow, see, listen, watch, walk," and in the end, "being with". All these terms express a process, that of two fishermen of Galilee, which certainly had a great desire, as they had already dropped at least for their work to become disciples of John the Baptist. They heard John announcing the coming of the Messiah, they followed Jesus "by far", and Jesus turned and said, "What are you looking? "Did you notice the answer? It is said that Jews always answer a question with another question. Well, their question and answer is somewhat strange, "Where do you live? "Then Andre will find his brother Simon to tell him" We have found the Messiah ". Through these two stories, three stand out features of the encounter with God.


First, it is God who seeks us. It is not our first initiative. Pascal said: "You would not seek me if you do not already found me." We are looking for. It seeks to meet us. And it is we who are often prodigiously indifferent. We live too often in what Baise Pascal called "entertainment." No interiority. He can talk to us and find us in silence and listen to His Word. But we are looking for. It is he who has the initiative.

In this research must match our own research. Being men of desire. Let us not to think: "I believe in God" or "I think there is something." This does absolutely nothing. For there to be met, consider God, not as an idea, but as a person.

Third, there must be intermediate. In the case of Samuel, was the priest Eli, in the case of Andrew, was John the Baptist, and in the case of Simon Peter, it was her brother André. There is always need an intermediary. Intermediaries, it does not fail: it can be a priest, a friend, a newspaper, the Bible or a movie, or today's event, all read in the light of God's Word, but the largest of the three conditions, it is, I believe, our own desire to meet God. Today Jesus repeats, "He who seeks will find, to him who knocks, it shall be opened." Let's look for "the God. - Sr.Francine

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