A reflection on the Mass readings for January 14 (1 Sm 1:9-20 and Mk 1:21-28) by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.
We hear in the book of Samuel today how Hannah's husband loved her even though she was barren. Who could hear this reading and not be touched? We all know that it isn't always those who have the most who are the dearest to us. We should all have somewhere in our lives God saying to us "Am I not more to you than ten sons, i.e. than whatever you love the most?"
And in today's Gospel I noticed that when we hear God's call, it's never convenient. The poor father of James and John was probably thinking, "Huh?" Inconvenience is one of the surest signs of the voice of God.