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Based on the Readings as Set
First Reading (1 Samuel 3:1-10, [11-20])
Toward the end of the rule of the judges, the word of Yahweh unexpectedly comes to the boy Samuel serving under Eli the priest. It is a difficult word for the budding prophet because it regards Yahweh’s coming punishment upon Eli and his sons.
Psalm (139:1-6, 13-18)
The Psalmist celebrates the fact that Yahweh not only knows him inside out, but also, knowing what plans he had for him, wondrously formed him his mother’s womb. Such a God far exceeds the Psalmist’s ability to understand.
Second Reading (1 Corinthians 6:12-20)
In stressing the freedom of Christians, St. Paul takes care to point out that not all things are beneficial. He is especially concerned about sexual sins because they violate the body, which is made for the Lord, for his glory, and is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Gospel (John 1:43-51)
After responding to Jesus’ invitation to follow him, Philip tells his brother Nathaniel that he has found the Expected One. After Jesus shows that he had intimate prior knowledge of him Nathaniel believes and is told that he will come to understand more about the true identity of the Son of Man.
- The call of God
- God makes himself known (reveals himself)
- We are personally known and cared for by the Lord
- The Lord orders our life for his purposes
- Bodily existence is spiritually significant