“Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will” (Psalm 40)

by Shiu Lan
Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

1 Samuel 3:3B-10, 19

1 Corinthians 6:13C-15A, 17-20

John 1:35-42

In this Sunday’s Mass readings, the focus is on God’s calling.

When Samuel is a boy, he ministers to the Lord before Eli the priest (ref 1 Sam 3:1). In the first reading, when Samuel has not yet known the Lord and the word of the Lord has not been revealed to him, he is called by the Lord. He does not recognize the call from the Lord and thinks that it is from Eli. It is Eli who realizes that it might be a call from the Lord and helps Samuel respond.

In the gospel reading, we hear that when Jesus walks by John the Baptist, the latter’s exclamation “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” (Jn 1:35), prompts two of his disciples, one of whom is Andrew, to follow Jesus at once. When Jesus invites the two new followers to “Come and see” (Jn 1:39), they do and remain with Him that day. Not only does Andrew respond to Jesus’ call, he brings to Jesus his brother Simon, whom Jesus names Peter, who would become the rock upon which Jesus builds His church (Ref Ma 16:18).

To listen to God’s call and to do His will is a continual process as we go through our earthly journey. As the circumstances in our life change, we may be called to serve Him in ways that we can never imagine before. It is very important to listen to Him all the time. It is only after we have listened and discerned that we can find the best way to serve Him. We might need someone to help us listen, someone who has solid faith and rich experience in life, a parent, a godparent, a teacher, a mentor or someone like John the Baptist, who helps his disciples recognize God and listen to His call. Not only does Andrew respond to Jesus’ call, he brings his brother to Jesus too. Whatever our role in life may be, we must bear in mind the example of Andrew. We are obliged to help those around us listen to God so that they can discern God’s plan in their lives and follow accordingly.

With this outlook, let us all join in and sing the Responsorial Psalm this Sunday at Mass “Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will” (Psalm 40).