of Samuel 3:1-10.19-20.
During the time young
Samuel was minister to the LORD under Eli, a revelation of the LORD was uncommon and vision
One day Eli was asleep in his usual place.
His eyes had lately grown so weak that he could not see.
The lamp of God was not yet extinguished, and Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the
LORD where the ark of God was.
The LORD called to
Samuel, who answered, "Here I am."
He ran to Eli and
said, "Here I am. You called me." "I did not call you," Eli said. "Go back to sleep." So he went
back to sleep.
Again the LORD called Samuel, who rose and
went to Eli. "Here I am," he said. "You called me." But he answered, "I did not call you, my son. Go
back to sleep."
At that time Samuel was not familiar
with the LORD, because the LORD had not revealed anything to him as yet.
The LORD called Samuel again, for the third time. Getting up and going
to Eli, he said, "Here I am. You called me." Then Eli understood that the LORD was calling the
So he said to Samuel, "Go to sleep, and if you
are called, reply, 'Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.'" When Samuel went to sleep in his
the LORD came and revealed his presence, calling
out as before, "Samuel, Samuel!" Samuel answered, "Speak, for your servant is
Samuel grew up, and the LORD was with him,
not permitting any word of his to be without effect.
Thus all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba came to know that Samuel was an accredited prophet
of the LORD.
I waited, waited for the LORD; who bent down and heard my
Happy those whose trust is the LORD, who turn not
to idolatry or to those who stray after falsehood.
sacrifice and offering you do not want; but ears open to obedience you gave me. Holocausts
and sin-offerings you do not require;
so I said, "Here
I am; your commands for me are written in the scroll.
so I said, "Here I am; your commands for me
are written in the scroll.
To do your will is my
delight; my God, your law is in my heart!"
your deed to a great assembly; I did not restrain my lips; you, LORD, are my
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark
On leaving the synagogue Jesus entered the
house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
mother-in-law lay sick with a fever. They immediately told him about her.
He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left
her and she waited on them.
When it was evening, after
sunset, they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.
The whole town was gathered at the door.
He cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out
many demons, not permitting them to speak because they knew him.
Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he
Simon and those who were with him pursued
and on finding him said, "Everyone is looking for
He told them, "Let us go on to the nearby
villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come."
So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons
throughout the whole of Galilee.