2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time January 18, 2015
What are we yearning for? What is the source of our yearning? What is the dream that can fill our emptiness? Can we hear the sound of our spirit crying out from the depths of our hearts? Are we able to listen with eagerness and hope? Will we take the risk to listen to the voice calling from within our hearts? Will we open ourselves to the voice of the tears of joy and sorrow that flow down our cheeks? Will we look with eyes fully open to the truth that surrounds us?
Listen! Do we have our spiritual ears on? Do we hear the voice of the one who loves us, who forever calls us? A voice that never ceases even when doubt and emptiness invades our world?
What are we searching for?
What are we looking for? What are our dreams made of? What on earth are you looking for today? Why are we here?
The desire for God is written in the human heart. We are created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw us to himself. God never gives up on us. Only in God will we find the truth and happiness we never stop searching for:
He never ceases to call us to seek him, so as to find life and happiness. But this search for God demands of us every effort of intellect, a sound will, “an upright heart”, as well as the witness of others who teach him to seek God.
Who said this?
Listen – I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.
Who is calling us?
Are we open? Are our eyes open? What in heavens name are we looking for? Who is calling us in the midst of the night? Who is calling us by the name that speaks music to our ears? Do we not know that our body is a temple that embraces the Holy Spirit dwells within!
That each and everyone, of us is created in the image of God from the very beginning! And God said, it is good. Do we not know that our earthly body was designed to a temple for our spirit. That during the creation of this body it receives a soul that will live forever.
Samuel was the son of Hannah who was baron and prayed for a child. In thanksgiving she turned her beloved son over to the Lord by giving him to the priest Eli. Eli and Samuel were to become the last Judges of Israel. Eli became a father to Samuel. We know the story Hannah’s dream heard his father call as he slept. “Here I am”, you called me? Go back to sleep. Three times – how long it takes us to understand the voice that speaks from within! Speak Lord for your servant is listening. I am ready to hear your voice. There is a reason you are undergoing this time in your life.
Paul tells us our body is a temple that holds the Holy Spirit – our soul created by God at the moment of our conception. We are not our own but we were created to participate in an encounter with the spirit of God’s dreaming.
Behold the Lamb of God said John the Baptist. And his disciples followed him. They knew the significance of the word Lamb and they followed him. What are you looking for? Come and see said Jesus. So they went. Jesus called his first disciples who followed. Everything that happened to you has prepared for this day. Nothing is for naught. Only in God will we find the truth and happiness and we never stop searching.