Last Sunday wrapped up the Christmas season. Although the decorations are put away, the God who loves us enough to become one of us (the “why” behind Christmas) is just too good to put away until next year. And that’s the point of Ordinary Time – God’s not just for special occasions or Sundays, God loves us every day.
Some of us go to church once or twice a year, some of us go every week, and some of us go daily. In Sunday’s Old Testament reading (1 Samuel), Samuel has all of us beat, he lives there. And while being there makes it easier to hear God, God is calling each of us to more than just being there.
Sunday’s Gospel (John) shows us that God calls us in many ways. Whether it’s the voice-of-God-in-the-middle-of-the-night like Samuel, or a sibling saying “we found him” like Peter, God is calling each of us – and God loves us enough to call each us in ways that we are able to hear.
Sunday’s Gospel also shows us that God doesn’t just call people like Samuel who (literally) live in church, whose mother’s set them aside for God before they were born. God is calling each of us, and it has nothing to do with our qualifications.