11 Jan 2012
I Samuel 3:1-10,19-20
Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, â€œSamuel! Samuel!â€ and he said, â€œHere I am!â€ and ran to Eli, and said, â€œHere I am, for you called me.â€ But he said, â€œI did not call; lie down again.â€ So he went and lay down. The Lord called again, â€œSamuel!â€ Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, â€œHere I am, for you called me.â€ But he said, â€œI did not call, my son; lie down again.â€ Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, â€œHere I am, for you called me.â€ Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, â€œGo, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, â€˜Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.â€™â€ So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, â€œSamuel! Samuel!â€ And Samuel said, â€œSpeak, for your servant is listening.â€
As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy prophet of the Lord.
As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simonâ€™s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, â€œEveryone is searching for you.â€ He answered, â€œLet us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.â€ And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.