Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 17, 2021
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we pray with Psalm 40, the prayer of one at home with God:
I delight to do your will, my God;Psalm 40:9
your law is in my inner being!
We are reminded that we find this kind of peace by believing and listening to our experience:
Throughout our readings today, God leans over heaven’s edge to whisper into human experience.
In our first reading, that whisper comes in a sacred call to a listening Samuel:
When Samuel went to sleep in his place,1 Samuel 3: 9-10
the LORD came and revealed his presence,
calling out as before, “Samuel, Samuel!”
Samuel answered, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
In our second reading, Paul reminds us that the
Whispering Spirit is already resident within us:
Do you not know that your body1 Corinthians 6: 19
is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you,
whom you have from God,
and that you are not your own?
In our Gospel, Jesus – the Word, the Divine Whisper – invites us to come to him, to see his power with us in our ordinary lives.
Praying with Psalm 40 can turn our hearts
to listening for God’s voice
under and within our experiences.
- It can wake us up, as Samuel was awakened.
- It can attune us to the melody deep within our hearts.
- It can reiterate God’s invitation to live our lives so fully in the Beloved’s Presence that, even without a sound, we know each other’s thoughts.
Poetry: from Whispers of the Beloved by Rumi
Do you know what the music is saying?
“Come follow me and you will find the way.
Your mistakes can also lead you to the Truth.
When you ask, the answer will be given.”
Music: All Praise to Him – Sovereign Grace Music