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Lectionary Reflection

Year B, Epiphany 2
Revised Common Lectionary
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading

1 Samuel 3:1-10

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, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ and he said, ‘Here I am!’ and ran to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call; lie down again.’ So he went and lay down. The Lord called again, ‘Samuel!’ Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call, my son; lie down again.’ 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, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. 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 and lay down in his place.

Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’


Reflections on 1 Samuel 3:1-10
by the Rev Wanda Copeland

The author says, "The word of the Lord was rare in those days…" It was a  time when the people were unaccustomed to God speaking to them. Their  ears were not attuned to responding to God. God had to call three times  before Eli knew who was asking after young Samuel. God seeks to get our  attention through many methods. God speaks to us in the prairie grass, playing in leafless limbs of trees and by smashing waves into the shore.  Can we hear our Creator speaking to us on the wind?  God calls us to come and play in God¹s creation. Come out and see what I have made.  Experience my handiwork. Frolic in the wonders that touch you.  Come and live in my Word.

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To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Epiphany 2:

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
Revised Common Lectionary
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading :
1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20)
(this page)
1 Samuel 3: 1-10 (11-20)
(this page)
Psalm 63: 1-8
Psalm 139: 1-5, 12-17
New Testament Reading
1 Corinthians 6: 11b-20
1 Corinthians 6: 12-20
John 1:43-51
John 1: 43-51


The Rev Wanda Copeland was rector of Holy Trinity Church, Elk River, MN, and Co-chair of the Environmental Stewardship Commission when she originally wrote this reflection in 2000.  Wanda and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Wanda Copeland or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

c/o C. Morello
4451 Lakeside Drive
Eveleth, MN 55743-4400 USA

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