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'Wisdom With Aging'

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Then Eli understood that the LORD was calling the youth.

- 1 Samuel 3:8

Significant details that are not part of today's reading reveal a vital part of Samuel's experience. The second verse tells us that Samuel's mentor, Eli, is an elder whose "eyes had lately grown so weak that he could not see" (verse 2). Eli's external blindness contrasts with his vivid, inner seeing. When Samuel thinks his mentor is calling him, Eli tells the youth to go back to sleep. Finally, Eli realizes God is calling Samuel. Usually this passage focuses on Samuel's response. However, Eli's wisdom is a vital component. Samuel would not have perceived his calling had it not been for his aged mentor. Eli epitomizes the gifts God bestows to elders with strong faith and the ability to see what lies beneath the surface. Eli's ripened faith recognizes the voice of God in what the youth misinterprets. Let us give thanks for the elders in our communities who bring wisdom to us.

- Sr. Joyce Rupp, O.S.M.
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freeter | Posted on: 2018-01-14 11:37:10
Sr. Joyce, thank you for the beautiful reflection today.
ms | Posted on: 2018-01-14 08:52:31
I am a member of our pastoral care team at our church, and so I bring Holy Communion to the homebound elderly. It amazes me what sheer faith they have in our Lord. They don't complain about their illnesses or the fact that they're homebound, they just attribute it to part of God's plan for their lives. Heavenly Father, please show me your plan for my life and help me to accept it, no matter what it entails. Amen.
Mg, continued prayers go out to you for positive feedback on your tests.
Beth | Posted on: 2018-01-14 08:26:37
Amen. Thank you Sister Rupp. I'm especially grateful for the continued service of our elder priests and Sisters who serve our church and community.
EM | Posted on: 2018-01-14 08:11:58
Amen to the daily devotional and blessings today to the LF Family.
And a special thank you to you, Tim, and our other LF Family members who have prayed for me. The genuine support means more to me than you will ever know. I have appointments tomorrow and Wednesday and I pray for good news.

Mg | Posted on: 2018-01-14 08:07:40
Thank you for such a great insight to the Gospel today. Yes, as a youth, we probably missed most of the time the critical facts and important information.

Thank you Dad for your sting faith, which was shared with me at an early age. I too have tried to share with all of my children your stiong faith in our Lord Jesus. May these teachings and beliefs be continued forever in our family’s generations.

Thank you all Living Faith family for your continuing support and wonderful sense of community we all share.

God Bless.
Tim | Posted on: 2018-01-14 07:34:12
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