January 14th 2018 Bulletin Message, Fr. Floyd McKinney
Who is the one who helps you the most in your life? Some of those people who help us, guide us, we call mentors. Our life can be better when someone supports our ideas – the good ones, and teaches us which direction we need to go in order to succeed. The first reading from Samuel tells of the Lord calling out to Samuel but Samuel does not understand who was calling to him. Each time the Lord calls out, Samuel runs to Eli to answer. Eli finally pieces everything together and as a mentor to Samuel he helps Samuel understand how he should answer by instructing Samuel to say, “Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.” Eli’s encouragement helped the young Samuel to be open to the word of God that guided Samuel throughout his life.
Another spiritual mentor, Paul, speaks to the Corinthians in the second reading. Paul says: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.” Hearing these words through a lens of mentorship brings new meaning to the phrase “your body is a temple” which sadly has become a bit of a cliché. Excuses to not eat certain foods or to exercise a particular way can be framed in the “my body is a temple” phrase, but somehow the call to glorify God gets lost in the translation. Paul is challenging the Corinthians to consider their attitudes and practices about sexuality.
Hearing Paul challenge the Corinthians breathes new life into this phrase and invites me to explore what attitudes about my life I need to pray about. Today I am inspired to look for opportunities to be a spiritual mentor to others. When can I invite someone to hear God’s call? How can I challenge someone who might be making a choice that does not glorify God? What are some ways I can support those who appreciate the truth and grace of our Messiah? And how can I be open to the mentors in my life who urge me to behold the Lamb of God?