1 Samuel 3:3b–10,19
The Lord calls Samuel.
Psalm 40:2, 4, 7–8, 8–9, 10
1 Corinthians 6:13c–15a,17–20
Paul reminds the Corinthians that their bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit.
GOSPEL: John 1:35–42
John was standing with two of his disciples,
and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God.”
The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.
Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them,
“What are you looking for?”
They said to him, “Rabbi” — which translated means Teacher —,
“where are you staying?”
He said to them, “Come, and you will see.”
So they went and saw where Jesus was staying,
and they stayed with him that day.
It was about four in the afternoon.
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter,
was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus.
He first found his own brother Simon and told him,
“We have found the Messiah” — which is translated Christ —.
Then he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John;
you will be called Cephas” — which is translated Peter.
Today the liturgy presents a passage from the first chapter of the Gospel of John to complete the narrative of the events of the manifestation of Jesus as Messiah and Son of God calling us to follow him.
It is no coincidence that even the other two readings of this Sunday’s Mass have vocation as their central theme. We have all been called to follow a "vocation" to be realized in our everyday life. We are all called to live our vocation as children of God in the only Son in the apparent banality of everyday life. We are all called to be with Christ before to do something for Christ.
Every existence is already a call: God brought us out from the confused abyss of nothingness giving us existence. He also gave us a project to accomplish, a design to realize that was even drawn "on the palm of his hands" (Isaiah 49). This is the meaning of our life: to be with God and work to the great project that He from all eternity has on each of us.
We are often tempted to believe that the vocation that God gives us is a painful duty, a mandatory and annoying virtue. No. The calling by God is for men to intertwine a love relationship with Him. He invites them to his home and welcomes them back home when they return to his love. And not only they can be with Him, but He is in their hearts. The dynamism of the man who is always in search of his house is the longing for his homeland, his birthplace.
The readings of today’s Mass show that the vocation "has" three verbs: to call, to listen, to respond.
To call. Except for a few exceptions of a direct call, the calling takes place through other men, as seen in the today’s episode. For the two disciples of John the Baptist, it is through him who indicates the Lamb of God; for Peter it was his brother Andrew; for the child Samuel it was his "guardian" Eli.
To listen, as did the little Samuel who to God who called him by name replied: "Speak, Lord, your servant is listening."
To respond, going to live with the One who says to us, as to John and Andrew, "Come and see."
Let’s go back again to the passage of today's Gospel, in which we are told that, seeing that John and Andrew were following him, Jesus turned and asked, "What do you seek?" Jesus asked not to be inform, but to provoke the response and to induce them to become aware of their own search. Jesus compels man to wonder about the reasons of his journey.
The search must be questioned. There are two kinds of search. There are those who truly seek God and the ones that actually seek themselves. Therefore, the first condition is to continually check the authenticity of the search for God. The second is not to try to understand vocation as a search to fix the world or to settle down in the world, because vocation is not the result of a human project or an organizational strategy. Vocation is Love, received and given. Vocation is not a choice, it is being chosen: "You did not choose me, but I chose you" (Jn 15, 16). From the Lectio Divina by Monsignor Francesco Follo