By Fr.Felix (African Times Guest Writer)
A Reading from the 1st Book of Samuel (3:3-10, 19). The call of the
young boy Samuel into the Lord’s service is always a favourite.
It is easy to imagine the boy lying, dozing on his mat in the half-
darkness, hearing the voice murmur ‘Shmuel’ (the Hebrew form of his
Was it really a call, was it the old prophet calling, or just the wind
in the pillars of the Temple? He has all the directness, willingness
and simplicity of a child, the sort of qualities needed for the Kingdom
of God. Often, however, in the same way we do not know whether an
‘inspiration’ is really the call of God or our own imagination.
Prayer and advice help in discerning the genuine call from a madcap
scheme! Others may know us better than we know ourselves, and God’s
call is always fitted to our true nature.