HOMILY FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B
1 Samuel 3:3b-10.19
1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a.17-20
THEME: *THE ENCOUNTER TRANSFORMS*
Beloved in Christ, this morning as we gather to worship God, we are reminded that this encounter with the Divine should result in the transformation of our very lives.
Beloved, the response of Samuel – “Speak, for your servant hears” implies a willingness to listen and a readiness to obey what is spoken. These are to be understood as actions that will produce the desired change in Samuel.
But unfortunately, for most Christians today, the encounter with the Divine does not achieve the desired change because of the lack of readiness to obey what has been spoken.
My dear friend, our gathering every Sunday is not only to listen but to transform us into sons and daughters of glory, by accomplishing a change in us. We are not only to listen to God speak to us but to act on what we hear.
This is clearly seen in the gospel passage of today where on hearing”come and see”, the two disciples of John followed Jesus and stayed with Him.
Beloved, for us our worship is not just an ordinary worship, it is an encounter that leaves us transformed after we’ve experienced it. Thus, no one encounters Jesus and leaves that encounter in the same condition that they began it.
You can’t encounter Jesus in the Eucharist and remain the same; you either go away happy or sad but never neutral. In fact, there is always a transforming aspect to this encounter. It obligates you into making a choice which leads to a change.
Consequently, when Paul says in the second reading that you are not your own property, he is reminding us of the transforming and salvific effect of the sacrifice of Calvary and our obligation as Christians to glorify God.
Today, let us resolve to see the mass not as an ordinary sacrifice but as one in which we are transformed by our encounter with the Divine.