St. Wilfrid's Roman Catholic Church

Toronto, Canada

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Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 5th Sunday in Lent


for Sunday, January 18, 2015

So clearly today the Lord tells us: I call you! I am calling you! I have called you! The first reading is from the First Book of Samuel and speaks of the call of Samuel. Samuel at first things that it is Eli calling him. Eli finally understands that there is Someone greater than he who is calling Samuel. Then Eli gives good advice.

What a wonderful teaching. So often we stand in the way of the call of others because we donít understand that God is calling them. We too stand in the way of God speaking to others. We need to have the wisdom of Eli and recognize that God is calling all others and we can be the servants of that call for others or we can stand in the way. It is wisdom that we need.

The First Letter to the Corinthians speaks to us today about the body as a temple of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps for some of us, our body has become less than a temple of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps for some of us, our body has become a source of immorality. This immorality could be sexual but it could also be a misuse of our body with drugs, with alcohol, with tobacco, with a bad diet, etc. We donít have to be fixated on sexuality. Sexuality is not the only immorality!

The Gospel brings us to the call of the first followers of Jesus. Who is with Andrew when those first two are called? We donít know from this account, but it was not Peter. Andrew is the brother of Simon Peter and he, Andrew, went to find his brother and tell him about this Jesus who had called them. Clearly Andrew does not want to stand in the way of a call to his brother. Rather he wants his brother to meet the person who has called him. Andrew wants to share.

Sharing is another aspect of the call of God in our lives. Do we really want to share the call we have received? How do we share it? Arenít we embarrassed to tell others that we follow Jesus? Are we embarrassed to tell others that this following of Jesus demands certain behaviors from us?

We are challenged this Sunday first to recognize that He, the Lord Jesus, is calling us personally. Then we are challenged to share that call with others. This is what evangelization is about: telling others the story of our own calling and bring them to know the Lord Jesus Christ.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: 1 Samuel 3.3b-10, 19
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 6.13c-15a, 17-20
Gospel: John 1.35-42

Homily from Abbot Philip, OSB, of the Benedictine Abbey of Christ in the Desert.


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