This mid day Cheryl, I and the kiddos sat listening to the readings of the week. The boys sat fussing and anxious but other wise doing a good job about sitting in one place for an extended period of time. The first reading came from from first Samuel Chapter 3:
Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the LORD
where the ark of God was.
The LORD called to Samuel, who answered, “Here I am.”
Samuel ran to Eli and said, “Here I am. You called me.”
“I did not call you, “ Eli said. “Go back to sleep.”
So he went back to sleep.
Again the LORD called Samuel, who rose and went to Eli.
“Here I am, “ he said. “You called me.”
But Eli answered, “I did not call you, my son. Go back to sleep.”
At that time Samuel was not familiar with the LORD,
because the LORD had not revealed anything to him as yet.
The LORD called Samuel again, for the third time.
Getting up and going to Eli, he said, “Here I am. You called me.”
Then Eli understood that the LORD was calling the youth.
So he said to Samuel, “Go to sleep, and if you are called, reply,
Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.”
When Samuel went to sleep in his place,
the LORD came and revealed his presence,
calling out as before, “Samuel, Samuel!”
Samuel answered, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
Samuel grew up, and the LORD was with him,
not permitting any word of his to be without effect.
The Gospel reading came from a john Chapter 1:
John was standing with two of his disciples,
and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God.”
The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.
Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them,
“What are you looking for?”
They said to him, “Rabbi” — which translated means Teacher —,
“where are you staying?”
He said to them, “Come, and you will see.”
So they went and saw where Jesus was staying,
and they stayed with him that day.
It was about four in the afternoon.
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter,
was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus.
He first found his own brother Simon and told him,
“We have found the Messiah” — which is translated Christ —.
Then he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said,
“You are Simon the son of John;
you will be called Cephas” — which is translated Peter.
The priest’s homely talked of his younger days in college and the call he had to priesthood. Later he talked about our own calls and what we should be doing in our own lives.
For Cheryl and I, we spent so long like Samuel running to Eli thinking we knew the answers we had to our perceived call. The chance to foster, while challenging and difficult and tiring feels right. We may feel like we are losing our minds forgetting the one kiddo’s visit and scheduling something in its place, but going with the flow lets us accomplish our goals (even when we feel out of place). In the afternoon after mass we had a chance to spend time with our engaged encounter friends and while we are tired and spent, I feel charged for the coming week. Hope all your week is a good one, thanks for reading.