Audio Readings January 10, 2012 Tuesday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time

1 Samuel 1:9-20;(Psalm)1 Samuel 2:1,4-8; Mark 1:21-28

“She … no longer appeared downcast.” (1 Samuel 1:18)

The years weighed on Hannah— years of feeling worthless to her husband Elkanah because she was barren; years of being taunted by Elkanah’s other wife; years of believing that God had forgotten her. Hannah couldn’t even bring herself to eat the meal Elkanah brought from his annual sacrifice to God. In desperation, she went before the Lord herself and poured out her heart.

Then something miraculous hap­pened—even before Hannah con­ceived the son she had been pray­ing for. Hannah was transformed. She returned to Elkanah with her head held high and a new hope in her heart. The weight of condemna­tion was lifted, and she was no lon­ger ashamed!

What happened? As Hannah stood praying for a son, she made herself vulnerable to God. Because she opened her heart to him, she gave him the opportunity to show her his compassion and love. In that intimate encounter, she saw that God had not forgotten her. She real­ized that her value didn’t come from her ability to bear children; it came from the fact that she was a daughter of Israel. It came from the fact that she had the privilege of going before the Lord and telling him her needs.

Because she was so open in prayer, Hannah touched the loving heart of God, and her anxiety and depression melted away. Even when the priest Eli mistakenly thought she was drunk, she didn’t respond defensively or bitterly. Instead, she boldly pleaded her cause to him and received his blessing. Her hope was cemented, and she went home a changed woman!

This story of Hannah encourages us to seek the presence of God in our prayer. It tells us to focus our atten­tion on him and his love, giving him the freedom to do whatever he wants to do in our lives. We may have spe­cific needs to bring to him—and we should do so with boldness and con­fidence. But our highest calling, and our greatest honor, is to fix our eyes on the Lord and let him draw us to his side. That’s when the real trans­formation happens!

“Father, as I lay my needs before you, let me touch your merciful heart. Teach me to be attentive to other people so that I may show your compassion and mercy to them!”~WAU

 

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About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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