Over the course of our lives we have looked to mentors to guide and challenge us whether it be in our personal lives, careers, or even spiritual lives.
In the first reading the Lord calls out to Samuel but Samuel does not understand who has been 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 respond to God’s call: “Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening."
Eli’s encouragement helped the young Samuel to be open
to hearing God’s word in his life.
St. Paul, the spiritual mentor, reminds the Corinthians that their bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. While eating healthy and exercising are important for everyone, Paul has something else in mind. He’s challenging them to consider their attitudes and practices about sexuality. For us too, its easy to rationalize our behavior in these areas, but we know we are called to seek purity in our thoughts, words and deeds. The call to live in the world, but not to be of the world is a difficult one.
Similarly John the Baptist, who has been preparing his disciples for the coming of the Messiah, is happy to pass them on to Jesus. Then one of those disciples, Andrew, offers guidance to his brother, Simon, and they both become disciples of the Lord and fishers of men.
How are we called to be spiritual mentor to others? And how can we be more open to the mentors in our lives who urge us to behold the Lamb of God?