Samuel: A Reflection on Listening
“Speak Lord, for Your servant is listening.” These words from 1 Samuel 3:9 mark a powerful moment in the Bible. God wants to speak to each of us personally, and He is speaking to us at every moment of our lives. He has a marvelous plan for each one of us. How can we listen to His voice? Reflect with Fr. Stephen DeLacy on 1 Samuel 3:1-10 and learn some practical tips on how to be docile to the Holy Spirit.
- As you read 1 Samuel 3:1-10, ask yourself, “What is God saying to all mankind, and what is God saying to me personally right now?”
- God speaks to us powerfully through Scripture, through the Holy Spirit, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, and in the providential circumstances He is unfolding in our lives and throughout history. Reflect on a time you heard God speak to you. How did He speak to you? What did He say? How did you feel when you heard His voice?
- How can you carve out intentional time to listen to God in silence? If you already are, what is He saying to you?
- Eli gives excellent formation to Samuel, helping him to recognize that he is being called by God. How can you cultivate relationships with others who can help you recognize God’s voice? How can you help others hear and recognize God’s voice?