Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for Jan. 17, 2020

Reflection for Jan. 17, 2020

Samuel, St. Francis and Eli

Each trusted and responded to God's call without waiting to understand it

by Renae Bauer

I can relate to Samuel.

In Sunday’s first reading, a voice awakens Samuel from his sleep. He eagerly responds but to the wrong person. This passage reminds me of St. Francis of Assisi who, while praying in the dilapidated Church of San Damiano, heard God’s instruction to rebuild the Church. Taking the message literally, St. Francis began repairing San Damiano, brick by brick . Only after years of prayer and wisdom did Francis understand God's true message: Rebuild the people of God's church.

If you have been perplexed by where or how God has called you in your life, heed Eli’s advice to Samuel: “If you are called, reply, ‘Lord, your servant is listening.’” God will take care of the rest.

St. Francis in San Damiano by Giotto di Bondone, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons


Sr. Rose Jochmann
01/15/2021 8:41 am

What a good idea to compare Samuel hearing God's voice and Francis hearing God's voice to rebuild God's church. Listening to God's voice is a good theme for this week!

01/15/2021 9:00 am

Here I am, Lord.

01/15/2021 9:21 am

Ah, yes .... the gift of a listening heart .........

And likewise, too, the gift of listening TO one's heart ........

Thank you, Renae, for such beautifully spoken words of wisdom.

And here's a little exercise for anyone who wants to better understand and experience how important 'listening' is to Our G O D who fashioned and formed us - in G O D's own Image - really is. [G O D having ears to 'hear' the cries of the poor and oppressed ....... G O D having a heart that responds to 'save,' 'salve', heal, restore .... ]

Take two sheets of 8.5 x 11 paper. On one sheet, draw the shape of your left ear. On the other sheet, draw the shape of your right ear. When finished, join the two shapes together, with the arcs of your ears to the outside. What do you see?

What do you think G O D is saying to you now, as you behold the true wisdom and power of your two ears?

Tom Hartman
01/15/2021 10:12 am

What a neat reflection!

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