2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time January 14, 2024

First Sunday- 1 Samuel 3:1-10, 19

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 139

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 6:13b -20

Gospel Reading: John 1: 43- 51

Homily by Father Jun Peñalosa

In this Sunday Homily at Saint Michael Kalibo, Fr. Romie- Jun reminded us that God is calling us to do mission. Our kingdom work is an adventure because God does not want us to get bored in our life. Our mission is to invite other people in His kingdom, but before that, we should invite Him into our personal lives first.

In our first reading, Samuel heard the voice of God and he became one of the greatest Prophets in the Bible. It teaches us that we must be in an attitude of prayer so we can hear what the Lord is saying to us. Prayer is not just a religious act, but a relationship. The more we develop our relationship with God, the more people see God through your daily living. We can invite other people not just by simply preaching the Gospel, but by living out the ways of God.

There are two things that we should be reminded regarding prayer: First, we must recognize God. The first reading showed that Samuel did not recognize God’s voice at first until Eli taught him how to respond the next time he hears God calling him. We must learn to listen to Him when we pray instead of just speaking. The more we listen, the more we get to know Him. And secondly, we must know ourselves- that we are fearfully and wonderfully made by God (Psalm 139: 14). Our second reading tells us that we must understand our value- that we are purchased with a great value and therefore, we must glorify God in our body and in our spirit that belongs to God (1 Cor. 6: 20).

The Gospel reading teaches us that God loves us so much, and His love is incomparable. This love is essential when we do our mission because this is the core foundation of what we teach to other people. Our mission is to invite others to His kingdom and that could only be done if we have a personal encounter with Him, know our value and if we know that God loves us deeply.

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