Saturday 16 January 2021

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time B

Dear friends, today we begin the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. The liturgy of the Word today, invites us to reflect upon our responses to the invitation of God. God speaks to us at every moment of our lives; so how do I respond to that call of God. Today’s reading emphasis the fact that everyone is called by God to be something, to do something for others with our life and with our unique gifts, God has given to each of us.

Today’s First Reading is about a young man who did not recognise God’s call at first. God called Samuel and he thought it was his master Eli. Twice God called, twice Samuel went to Eli, twice Eli told him to go back to sleep. The third time God called Samuel, Eli realised what was happening and told Samuel, “The next time you hear the call, say, ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening’. When the Lord called the fourth time, Samuel was ready, ready to listen to God.

As the Scripture says, “Samuel grew up and the Lord was with him and let no word of his fall to the ground”. That is, he continued to listen carefully to what God was saying, to listen to God’s call. And, in turn, he passed on what he had heard to others. God’s Word is never to be kept just for ourselves. That would be like the man who kept the talent he had been given wrapped it up in a cloth and buried it in the ground.

Dear friends, God is calling me now, today. What is he saying to me? Am I really listening to Him? When I live my life in accordance with God’s calling then my life will be beautiful and also becomes a wonderful inspiration to my brothers and sisters.

There are many distractions in the world, but yet when I keenly pay attention to his calling then my life will be joyful, so always pay attention to God’s calling as we live our daily lives. Amen

Readings and Hymns

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Reflections from the Basilica of St. Patrick

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Wish you all a wonderful week ahead.

May God bless you all.

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest