The Holy Lent

Day 18 - Third Thursday of the The Holy Lent

by Prince Mathew

Preface for Meditation:

The second call which we will focus on is quite different from the first and concerns a small boy. This second call is found in the opening chapters of the Old Testament book of 1 Samuel. Samuel had been brought to the temple when he was still a child by his mother, Hannah. Hannah had dedicated her son to the Lord and entrusted Samuel to Eli, the priest. One evening, when Samuel was twelve years old, and both he and Eli were sleeping in their rooms, the Lord called out to Samuel by saying, "Samuel! Samuel!" Thinking that Eli, the priest had called him, Samuel ran into Eli's room and said, "Here I am, for you called me." Eli said to Samuel, "I did not call you, lie down again." So Samuel returned and lay down.

The Lord then called again, "Samuel!" Samuel then got up, and went to Eli again and said, "Here I am, for you called me." But Eli said, "I did not call, my son; lie down again." The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. Again, for a third time, Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me." When Samuel came for a third time, Eli perceived that it was God who was calling Samuel. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, "Go, lie down, and if he calls you, you shall say, 'Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.' " So Samuel went again and lay down in his place. For a fourth time, the Lord returned again and called "Samuel! Samuel!". This time, Samuel responded, "Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening." Samuel responded to God's call and God revealed Himself to Samuel.

Whenever God calling us we are going to some other places and to some other persons, it is the time to listen to him from the place where we are standing right now, and say to God "Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening" - St. Luke 13:24

Be ready to hear the "Third call" on next day God bless us all.

Bible Reading Passages:
Third Thursday of The Holy Lent

* St. Luke 13: 18-30

* Numbers 12: 1-10
* II Chronicles 26: 16-21
* Micah 6: 1-8
* St. James 4: 1-17
* Philippians 1: 1-11
* St. Mark 9:30-42

Bible Verse of the day:

"Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to." St. Luke 13:24

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