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17th January 2021

posted 14 Jan 2021, 06:02 by Church Office

Parish Eucharist - Second Sunday of Epiphany

This week a writer from the New York Times asked her readers how they would describe the events on the Capitol of January 6th; one replied an epiphany. The season of Epiphany is the season of revelation, when what is true about God and the world and ourselves becomes clear. What is being revealed in our old testament reading (1 Samuel 3:1-10) is, interestingly enough for our times, the corruption of power. Eli is “blind”, he does not hear the word of the Lord, he allows his sons to exploit and oppress the people for their own gain. In this epiphany God begins a transition of power to those who can see clearly and speak with a prophetic voice. The gospel passage (John 1:43-51) continues the theme of seeing: Philip asks Nathaniel to come and see, Jesus sees Nathaniel, Nathaniel, he prophesies, will see his calling as a bridge between heaven and earth. In these testing and tumultuous times what are we being invited to see? And how are we called to act upon that vision?


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.”

Gospel Reading: John 1:43-51

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

Eternal Lord,
our beginning and our end:
bring us with the whole creation
to your glory, hidden through past ages
and made known
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Church Office,
14 Jan 2021, 06:02