First Reading: Samuel 3:1-10
With the holidays and work we have been busy so we are only getting back to our daily writing now. We had a quiet Christmas and so far the New Year has gone well for us.
Something struck me at Mass this morning when the reader read the first reading. The line read: ‘it was rare for the Lord to speak in those days.’
My first thought was that this is so true of today, it appears that there is no one standing up for the church and no one to shout out from the tree tops about the injustice in the world.
Then I looked over at the priest sitting on the chair listening to the reading like the rest of us and I realized that here is one man trying to do his bit. A list of good men who are speaking out for God and his truth came to mind: the Pope, Fr Spitzer, Fr Barron, our local bishops and all the local priests who are trying their best day by day to proclaim the Word of God to a world that is not listening and does not want to here.
I don’t know what it was like at the time of Samuel and Eli. Perhaps God only spoke to a few. I doubt it. God speaks all the time to us. He has too, and he has to speak clearly otherwise it would be unfair of him ever to judge us. That was one insight I had over Christmas; if God is going to judge us then throughout our lives he must make it clear to us that he is there and that what we are doing is right or wrong.
He does this in many ways. It is obvious that God exists, those who don’t believe have made a decision not to believe. And God always speaks to us in our conscience. We will have no excuse. Probably in the time of Samuel he was doing the same thing but once again the people thought that God was not speaking.