We are all looking and seeking after something. There are times when we truly know that we have found what we've been looking for, and other times we wonder if we ever will. Every morning we open our eyes we should be thankful that we were granted another day. So many of us relish in the day ahead while others cringe on what their day will reveal.
On January 8th, 2012 we celebrated the epiphany of our Lord; Jesus is revealed to the world. A savior who will set us free from our sins. If we can be overjoyed about one thing it should be because of that manifestation, yet there are many who are trapped in their ways and conformity of the world that they miss out on the joy that is being offered to them.
In this week's first reading (Jan 15th, 2012) we see how easily we can miss that great opportunity that the Lord is calling us into. Samuel kept hearing his name being called and always thought it was Eli who was calling him. After several back and forth questions, Eli realizes that it was the Lord who was calling Samuel, so he tells him what to say the God the next time he called his name. Had he missed that call, he would have passed up on the opportunity to be a great prophet and servant of God.
Likewise we see two disciples following Jesus and insist on staying with Him. Jesus shows them where He was staying as a sign of friendship. Those we call friends are privy to such information. Jesus is calling each of us to follow Him. There may be times when we are ask to let go and let God. Many are trapped in a job where they are unhappy, and pray for a way out, or in a relationship where there seems to be no resolve in their disputes. Only through faith and trust in Jesus can peace be found by seeking the will of God for your life.
The first and foremost will for our lives is to become Christians; Christians not only in the sense of claiming to be a Christians, but also to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. Are we following Christ or are we are stuck in a position where we are unhappy daily, thus preventing the joy of Christ to shine through us. There is no denying that Christ is with us, however we must recognize His voice as did Eli, as he advised Samuel to respond: "Speak Lord your servant is listening."
As we begin a new year, God continues to call us. No matter how hard we try to deny that we hear the voice of God there is still that tug on our hearts that confirms His presence. When the two disciples of John met Jesus they did not witness any miraculous sign for them to believe that He was the Messiah. They believed immediately and followed Him. We are all called to follow Jesus. This is no time for half stepping. We are called to conform our lives completely to the ways of Christ.
I am ready to do the will of God, are you? As the Psalms this past week echoed: "Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will." God wants to talk to us and to reveal His plan for our lives, but how can He when we do not listen. We do lots of talking, but not enough of listening. God hears our cries now we just need to listen to do His will; "I have waited, waited for the Lord, and He stooped toward me and heard my cry. And He put a new song into my mouth, a hymn to our God."