Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will

Almighty ever-living God, who governs all things, both in heaven and on earth,
mercifully hear the pleading of your people and bestow your peace on our times.

Christ calls us to follow Him. The readings for this Sunday invite us to listen for Christ calling us. Samuel, in the First Reading, responds willingly to the call of God, at first thinking it is his master Eli.

Eli leads him to the truth, and teaches him to listen with an open heart. Samuel grows strong in the love of God and His holy word. This is what God asks of us: an open heart to wait for the Lord; an open ear to listen; an open spirit to respond to the Lord’s will. St Paul, writing to the Corinthians, reminds us that we are one in mind, body, and spirit with Christ.

The Holy Spirit dwells within the heart of the believer. This knowledge will guide our actions and prompt us to desire only that which will deepen our love of God. In the Gospel, John the Baptist recognizes who Jesus truly is. John’s witness to his disciples leads them to follow Jesus. Jesus asks them what they desire.

Their answer may seem unusual to us, but Jesus invites them to ‘come and see’, and experience for themselves His love in action. These first followers cannot keep the Good News to themselves, but invite others to come and see, and to listen. Let us ask for the grace to hear God calling us, and to be ready to respond to that call with an open and willing heart.

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