It is 14th January 2018. We celebrate the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings are from 1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19; the second reading is from 1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20; and the Gospel is from John 1:35-42. A vocation is not for an avocation that provides the means of material gains rather for a vibrant and intimate relationship with God primarily that offers the meaning to serve the humanity. In the first reading, we read about the call of Samuel in a descriptive way. Every vocation expresses the deep longing in listening to God regularly. It is not how much we have spoken rather how much we are willing to listen that makes the vocation meaningful and fruitful. Samuel expressed such deep sentiments of his longing with the help of the prophet Eli, telling, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” (1 Sam 3:10). The responsorial Psalm praises, “Here am I, Lord, I come to do your will.” (Ps.40:8,9). In the second reading, St. Paul invites the community of Corinth to honour and value the human body as the means to do good for God not for human pleasures only. We too are invited to live a holy life just because someone paid a very heavy price for it. Let us not sell our souls for the fleeting pleasures of this lives. Let not our consciences be silenced by the roaring voices of the passion filled milieu. “For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify and carry God in your body.” (1 Cor.6:20). Our bodies must not engage in activities that would hurt the mystical Body of Christ. We reflect the call of John, Andrew and Peter in the Gospel. We are invited to find the Messiah, the Anointed One, the Christ Jesus with the help of our vocations. Our vocation is from God to seek and to find the one our souls are immensely looking for. Human love is complete in loving and relating with Jesus until then there is a lacuna in the endeavors of human love. If and when we have found the love of Jesus and experienced it personally, we need to lead others to the same love of Christ and allow them to experience the same. Our intimate relationship with Jesus has to provide the means for other to have the come-and-see personal experience of Jesus. Whichever state of life we are in, or the vocation we have responded, whether we are single or married, have we found Christ in our lives? Does believing and trusting in Jesus make sense for us? Any call from God has the purpose of relating and realigning our lives for Christ in the world. May our responses to the call of God culminate in the responsibilities that is entrusted to us by Christ and the Church. May you have a good day. God bless you.

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