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Bulletin – January 18, 2015 – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 18

Is There A Right Time to Be Called By God?

 By:  Margaret McCarthy

EPIPHANY is the manifestation of the extraordinary in the ordinary places and events of daily life.  This means that the extraordinary comes disguised in our everyday lives.    In our first reading Samuel hears someone calling him but has no clue who or why he is being called.  He keeps running to Eli.  Wisely Eli tells him to lay still and say, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.”

 Most of us go through life thinking that if God calls us it means we’re to be a Priest or a Religious Sister.  As a result many of us don’t see ourselves as having any type of calling from God.  Were just ordinary people, trying to make a living providing for our families, attend church and help others when needed.

 Boy, have we missed the boat.  This being the week for Prayer for Christian Unity, there is much that our non-Catholic brothers & sisters can teach us.  They have a strong  belief in a personal calling from God, which comes from a personal relationship with Him, for everyone that would call themselves Christian. 

 Do we, can we,  as ordinary Catholic Christians have the same call?  You Bet we Can and we Do!  I recall, in the early 70’s, during the time of much rebellion in my life, being approached by an individual from the “Jesus People” (a movement of young people who were on fire for Jesus).  As I was raised Catholic, most of what he spoke about I agreed with, but this idea of a personal relationship with God, well that was a crazy.  Little did I know that this brief encounter would radically impact my  life.  Shortly, after meeting this person, I lost my job, my grandfather lay dying in the hospital and my dad confided in me that he considering leaving our mother.  In my despair, I cried out to the Lord, “God if you are truly alive, you’re the only one that can save us.”  (My personal Epiphany)  Over a period of time things began to change.  I discovered, Yes, God had a calling for my life.  He gave me hope and purpose.  He loved this messed up mortal!  I discovered Him personally in prayer, which took on new meaning and importance in my life.

 Often, it is when we are completely helpless, that we discover the love of God and His strength that He offers us in time of need and throughout our life.

 Come Holy Spirit

We long to know the presence of God in our lives

And to know Him as a friend and companion.

Help us on this journey and that we too as Samuel can say:

Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.”

Bulletin – Jan 18, 2015


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