Saturday, January 17, 2015

Father Carroll's Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time 2015

Homily for the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time 2015
          “What are you looking for?”  Brothers and sisters that is the very question we must ponder each single day, especially as we gather here week after week.  What is it that we are looking for in life?  Are we looking to be successful?  Are we looking for good health?  We can come up with so many questions to ask.
          Often times our Lord asks us to ponder a question, we respond with a question, then He extends the invitation to follow Him as He did in today’s Gospel from John, “Come and you will see.”  Reflecting of God’s word today we must ponder are we willing and able to allow ourselves to trust in God’s will.  See many of the questions we could ask we could very well come up with our own answers and there lies the problem.  We are not called to do our will but rather His.  In that familiar prayer we pray “the Our Father” we pray that “thy will be done.”   
          God calls…however sometimes His voice is drowned out.  Samuel in today’s first reading was hearing the voice, but did not first recognize it from God.  Sometimes it takes a couple of times for it to become clear.  That is called discernment.  It is important for us to sit still…to pray, to reflect, and to respond.  This week in our prayers I want us to reflect on these two phrases, “Speak, for your servant is listening,” and “Here am I Lord; I come to do your will.”  It’s not our will we are called to follow…it is God’s and if we can find the grace and the strength to do that…we will be truly happy!  

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