Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - 17 January 2021

“What do you want? ” or, as one translation uses, “What are you looking for?”

What are you looking for is an apt question of many at the moment. We in the border bubble need clarification on lots of travel issues. Recent VCE graduates are trying to gather their thoughts after receiving their scores and make initial decisions. Many are wondering about their housing situations, particularly location. Just what is going on in all our lives. Covid-19 is forcing decisions upon us as few forces have in recent years.

Then there is another area of life…its purpose, its point.

This has troubled people down the ages and today we read of many people from different backgrounds and from different ages all caught up in that process, “What are you looking for?”

The readings deal with an initial response…

                “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening” or “Come and see!” but also an implication of answering the call, “Your body, you know, is the temple of the Holy Spirit”.

Once we put our shoulder to the plough there is no turning back. More questions will come our way. Some we might manage on our own. Others will need the assistance of an Eli, or John, or an Andrew.

Last week we were urged to have a listening ear. This week our mantra is “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening”.

Things will change if we accept the call from God, however we hear it.

Mons Frank