2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
God speaks to us every day. Yet, if we're not careful, we can miss the Lord's voice or mistake it for someone or something else. The Mass is a particular hour each week when God speaks directly to us - do we know what His voice sounds like? Or are our minds sometimes distracted by all the other things going on in our lives? Samuel is being called by God in our first reading...but he mistakes the voice of God for the voice of another person. It's not until the fourth time God calls his name that Samuel finally says, "Speak, Lord, you servant is listening." It might take us a few tries, too, but let's start making Mass a time when we spend our energies not on daydreams, but focusing on what God has to say to us that week: "Speak, Lord, your servant is listening."