January 15, 2012 Second Sunday after the Epiphany
FIRST READING: 1 Samuel 3:1-10 [11-20]
1-2Samuel served the LORD by helping Eli the priest, who was by that time almost blind. In those days, the LORD hardly ever spoke directly to people, and he did not appear to them in dreams very often. But one night, Eli was asleep in his room, 3and Samuel was sleeping on a mat near the sacred chest in the LORD’S house. They had not been asleep very long 4when the LORD called out Samuel’s name.
“Here I am!” Samuel answered. 5Then he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am. What do you want?”
“I didn’t call you,” Eli answered. “Go back to bed.”
Samuel went back.
6Again the LORD called out Samuel’s name. Samuel got up and went to Eli. “Here I am,” he said. “What do you want?”
Eli told him, “Son, I didn’t call you. Go back to sleep.”
7The LORD had not spoken to Samuel before, and Samuel did not recognize the voice. 8When the LORD called out his name for the third time, Samuel went to Eli again and said, “Here I am. What do you want?”
Eli finally realized that it was the LORD who was speaking to Samuel. 9So he said, “Go back and lie down! If someone speaks to you again, answer, ‘I’m listening, LORD. What do you want me to
Once again Samuel went back and lay down.
10The LORD then stood beside Samuel and called out as he had done before, “Samuel! Samuel!”
“I’m listening,” Samuel answered. “What do you want me to do?”
[11The LORD said:
Samuel, I am going to do something in Israel that will shock everyone who hears about it! 12I will punish Eli and his family, just as I promised. 13He knew that his sons refused to respect me, and he let them get away with it, even though I said I would punish his family forever. 14I warned Eli that sacrifices or offerings could never make things right! His family has done too many disgusting things.
15The next morning, Samuel got up and opened the doors to the LORD’S house. He was afraid to tell Eli what the LORD had said. 16But Eli told him, “Samuel, my boy, come here!”
“Here I am,” Samuel answered.
17Eli said, “What did God say to you? Tell me everything. I pray that God will punish you terribly if you don’t tell me every word he said!”
18Samuel told Eli everything. Then Eli said, “He is the LORD, and he will do what’s right.”
19As Samuel grew up, the LORD helped him and made everything Samuel said come true. 20From the town of Dan in the north to the town of Beersheba in the south, everyone in the country knew that Samuel was truly the LORD’S prophet.]
PSALMODY: Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
1You have looked deep into my heart, LORD,
and you know all about me.
2You know when I am resting or when I am working,
and from heaven you discover my thoughts.
3You notice everything I do and everywhere I go.
4Before I even speak a word,
you know what I will say,
5and with your powerful arm
you protect me from every side.
6I can’t understand all of this!
Such wonderful knowledge is far above me.
13You are the one who put me together
inside my mother’s body,
14and I praise you
because of the wonderful way you created me.
Everything you do is marvelous!
Of this I have no doubt.
15Nothing about me is hidden from you!
I was secretly woven together
deep in the earth below,
16but with your own eyes
you saw my body being formed.
Even before I was born, you had written in your book
everything I would do.
17Your thoughts are far beyond my understanding,
much more than I could ever imagine.
18I try to count your thoughts,
but they outnumber the grains of sand on the beach.
And when I awake, I will find you nearby.
SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
12Some of you say, “We can do anything we want to.” But I tell you that not everything is good for us. So I refuse to let anything have power over me. 13You also say, “Food is meant for our bodies, and our bodies are meant for food.” But I tell you that God will destroy them both. We are not supposed to do indecent things with our bodies. We are to use them for the Lord who is in charge of our bodies. 14God will raise us from death by the same power that he used when he raised our Lord to life.
15Don’t you know that your bodies are part of the body of Christ? Is it right for me to join part of the body of Christ to a prostitute? No, it isn’t! 16Don’t you know that a man who does that becomes part of her body? The Scriptures say, “The two of them will be like one person.” 17But anyone who is joined to the Lord is one in spirit with him.
18Don’t be immoral in matters of sex. That is a sin against your own body in a way that no other sin is. 19You surely know that your body is a temple where the Holy Spirit lives. The Spirit is in you and is a gift from God. You are no longer your own. 20God paid a great price for you. So use your body to honor God.
GOSPEL: John 1:43-51
43-44The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. There he met Philip, who was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter. Jesus said to Philip, “Come with me.”
45Philip then found Nathanael and said, “We have found the one that Moses and the Prophets wrote about. He is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.”
46Nathanael asked, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”
Philip answered, “Come and see.”
47When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said, “Here is a true descendant of our ancestor Israel. And he isn’t deceitful.”
48“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.
Jesus answered, “Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.”
49Nathanael said, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God and the King of Israel!”
50Jesus answered, “Did you believe me just because I said that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see something even greater. 51I tell you for certain that you will see heaven open and God’s angels going up and coming down on the Son of Man.”