As our parish comes together this weekend in its weekly worship of God, we enter this holy place with a sense of the sacred. This place is different than our homes, our workspaces and our marketplaces. Here, at the footstool of God, we rest our love, our worries, and our material responsibilities and we stand before God with nothing but our hearts opened to receive Him.
We have listened to the Prayer, the Readings and the Psalm and what have we heard; that we are members of a larger Body than ourselves; that this Body is Christ and with this Body we should glorify God.
The Gospel reveals this conversation with the disciples, reflecting our own search for God; “Teacher, where do you stay that we might come to You?”
Jesus answers us: “Come and See.” In other words, drop everything that clings to you, material things, emotional things, things that hold you back from righteousness, like sin. Understand clearly what is happening here before you: “God has prepared a table for us, and how precious is the chalice that quenches our thirst.” (Ps 23)
And what do the disciples do in their quest; they find Peter and they go and stay with Jesus. We have our own Apostle in the person of our Archbishop and we walk with him to Jesus.
And finally, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own,” you are a part of the whole.
Suddenly our parish, our Archdiocese is back with Samuel, resting in the night, hearing the voice that beckons us here into God’s presence. What should we do? Say to the Lord, “Speak Lord, You servant is listening” and in the silence of our hearts sing gently with the psalmist: “Here am I Lord; I come to do your will.”