Readings for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: I SAM 3: 3B-10, 19; PS 40: 4, 7-10; I COR 6: 13C-15A, 17-20; JN 35-42
This week’s readings are about wakefulness. They tell the stories of five great prophets of the Judeo-Christian tradition. (Prophets, remember, are not fortune tellers. They’re the spokespersons for the Great Father-Mother God however s/he is named.)
Prophets were never popular with the authorities of their day. But the poor loved them, because their words comforted the afflicted and afflicted the comfortable sleeping peacefully behind their temple and castle gates.
Prophetic words lit fires in those ready to hear them. They awakened those in oblivious slumber – sleepers like you and me.
As a disciple of the one he identified as the greatest man ever to draw breath (MT 11:11), Yeshua was like that. He passed his inherited mantle on to Peter – another working man like himself, just as Eli had willed his mantle to his disciple, Samuel.
Today’s readings are specifically about the awakening of Samuel and Peter. They should sound alarm bells for us as well. Here are my translations of this Sunday’s selections. (You can find the originals here.):
I Samuel 3: 3B-10, 19 Prophets sometimes fall asleep Even telling would-be disciples To ignore the summons To fullness of life In favor of slumber’s cheap comfort. Old Eli did that to young Samuel. However, the Mother-God’s persistence Eventually awakened Both the ancient mystic And his young apprentice Until their shared prayer became “Speak, Great Mother, For your servants are listening!” From then on, Neither permitted any Goddess word To be spoken without its effect. Psalm 40: 4, 7-10 Let that be our prayer as well: “Here I am, Great Mother, I come to do your will.” The invocation will give New melody to our life’s song. It will replace old time religion With sharp vision And attentive ears That reveal justice’s demands Already inscribed In our very hearts As the Goddess’ Inescapable Law of Life. I Corinthians 6: 13C-15A, 17-20 Yeshua shared the awakened consciousness Of old Eli and young Samuel. He taught that Placing ourselves at the Goddess’ disposal Would transform our lives too Making us avoid the immorality Of injustice towards others As crimes against our own bodies And against the Great Spirit Who resides within each of us. John 1: 35-40 For that reason Even the Great John the Baptist And his disciples Recognized the unschooled But wide-awakened Jesus As rabbi, teacher, Messiah And Goddess favorite. One of them, changed his name On the spot To signify his newly awakened self-consciousness Wrought by A single afternoon’s conversation. So, please speak to us too, Dear rabbi Yeshua, As you did to young Peter. Your servants are listening indeed. May none of your words Remain without its effect.