1st Reading: Samuel 1:20-28
Point of Reflection: The person of Hannah. Earlier in the passage, before today's reading we hear about her inability to conceive, her pain and sorrow, and the misunderstandings surrounding her life. Her rival even berates her and crushes her spirit by rubbing in a truth, which is the fact she is childless. Hannah suffers from the reality that is pressed into her face and in the midst of her pain, she hopes in God. In this passage we read further that by the miraculous grace of God, she conceives and bears a son, and his name is Samuel. A point to possibly reflect more upon: Is Hannah's prayer. She suffers, she accepts God's will and she lives with mystery, she waits with patience and hope and, she receives, and gives gratitude to God. God blesses her patience and faith with the gift of a child. Let us look at Hannah's response? It is generous- she gives the child back to God with love. Hannah becomes a beautiful example to us all; parents, priests, religious, of how to pray, how to be magnanimous in our gifts to God, whether you give your child to God or you give yourself to God! No hold-outs- and as the last sentence says..."She leaves him there". She doesn't take back what she has given to God.
Am I holding back anything from God? What is the one thing I can't bear to part with? I seem to hold it tight to my heart? What prevents me from giving it to my Father in heaven with trust and love?
Second Reading: 1 Jn 3: 1-2, 21-24
"See what love the Father has bestowed on us, that we may be called children of God and so we are"
This sentence alone is so powerful- listen to the words- and understand...YOU are a precious child of God, beloved by the Father, do you believe this? This is critical. DO I REALLY BELIEVE THIS TRUTH? It is fundamental. The Father Loves me! He loves me!, His holds my face tenderly in his hands and look in my eyes with love. He knows my failures, my weakness And He loves me, and keeps loving me into the fullness of who He created me to be. He wants us free! Allow Him to love you, this is WHO MERCY IS