First Wednesday in Ordinary Time

Daily Reflection

First Wednesday in Ordinary Time

Lofty goals

From today’s Scripture: “Samuel grew up, and the LORD was with him, not permitting any word of his to be without effect.”—1 Sam 3:19

God made Samuel’s every word effective on his people. What words would be effective on you? What if it were every word of the Lord? How fervently I have wished that God would just make me a perfect saint (without any effort on my part)!

As a human I am easily tempted and when I fall short of my lofty goals, I lash myself with reproach. But God loves us in our brokenness, in our dependence on him. The truth is, I will always need God’s forgiveness. Can I learn to love my dependence on God? Can I accept that it is my fortune as a human always to need the almighty’s mercy and strength?

Let us pray: Almighty God, like Adam and Eve, I sometimes want to be like you so that I don’t need you. Please help me to become contentedly dependent on you and your eternal love.



Today’s author, Jenna Spurlock, is a volunteer serving this year as a “mountain manager” in Glenmary’s volunteer program at Joppa Mountain, in Grainger County, Tennessee.


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