Devotional

For Your Reflection:

 
2nd SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
All the baptized have a calling in God’s world.  God calls not just the clergy but also the youngest child, like Samuel.  The story of the calling of Nathanael plays with the idea of place.  Nathanael initially dismisses Jesus because he comes from Nazareth.  But where we come from isn’t important; it’s where-or rather whom-we come to.  Jesus refers to the story of the vision of Jacob, who called the place of his vision “the house of God, and…the gate of heaven” (Gen.28:17).
Jesus says he himself is the place where Nathanael with meet God.

SCRIPTURE DESCRIPTION

WEEK OF JANUARY 14, 2017

FIRST LESSON
 
1 SAMUEL 3:1-10, (11-20)
At a time when visions are rare and unexpected, the Lord comes to Samuel and calls him to speak the divine word.  Though just a boy, Samuel responds to God obediently, as Eli the priest has taught him to respond.  This marks the beginning of Samuel’s prophetic ministry.
 
SECOND LESSON
1 CORINTHIANS 6:12-20
Paul is helping the Corinthians understand that God has claimed the entirety of their lives through the death of Christ.  Hence Christian relationships and conduct, including areas of human sexuality, are to reflect the reality that we belong to Christ and that the Holy Spirit lives within us.
 
THE HOLY GOSPEL
JOHN 1:43-51
In John’s gospel, Jesus’ ministry begins with the call of disciples, who then bring others to Jesus.  Philip’s friend Nathanael moves from skepticism to faith when he accepts the invitation to “Come and see.”