Answering God’s Call
God is Calling Your Name…
When God calls your name, can you hear him?
“The lamp of God was not yet extinguished, and Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the LORD where the ark of God was. The LORD called to Samuel, who answered, ‘Here I am.’ He ran to Eli and said, ‘Here I am. You called me.’ ‘I did not call you,’ Eli said. ‘Go back to sleep.’ So he went back to sleep. Again the LORD called Samuel, who rose and went to Eli. ‘Here I am,’ he said. ‘You called me.’ But he answered, ‘I did not call you, my son. Go back to sleep.’
At that time Samuel was not familiar with the LORD, because the LORD had not revealed anything to him as yet. The LORD called Samuel again, for the third time. Getting up and going to Eli, he said, ‘Here I am. You called me.’ Then Eli understood that the LORD was calling the youth. So he said to Samuel, ‘Go to sleep, and if you are called, reply, “Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.”‘
When Samuel went to sleep in his place, the LORD came and revealed his presence, calling out as before, ‘Samuel, Samuel!’ Samuel answered, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.'” -1 Samuel 3:3-10, NAB
From today’s Mass readings, we hear the story of God calling Samuel. At first, Samuel could not recognize the Lord calling His name. How many times have we been like Samuel? How many times has God called our name, but we never recognized it?
Without the help of Eli, Samuel may not have recognized that the Lord was calling him. Just as Eli helped Samuel, we should be willing to help others when we see God calling them. There are times when we can see God moving in someone’s life, but they cannot see it for themselves. As good Catholics, we should help them see God and teach them to hear His voice.
In our own lives, we need to listen more closely for God calling our name. Unlike Samuel, the Lord may not call us out so loud that we can hear it. Often times, when God calls us, He does so with a whisper, and we must pay close attention if we want to hear it. At times, we may even question whether we are truly hearing God or not, and we must look for other clues and confirmation that He is.
Make no mistake, God will eventually call your name. He calls all of us. He wants each one of us to develop a personal relationship with Him, and He has a mission and a plan for each one of us. When He does call you, it is your time to take action; it is your time to follow wherever He may lead you.
Can you hear God calling your name?