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Homily for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Deacon Steven D. Greydanus, EWTN News, January 17, 2021

Deacon Steven D. GreydanusEvery person in this church — from the people sitting in the last pew to those of you in the front to our celebrant and even me here in the ambo — every one of us is here because we have been called.

Christ has called each of us. That’s why we are here, each one of us. We all had to get up this morning, get dressed, and make our way here, but we’ve done so in response to a call.

Not that any of us was awakened from sleep this morning by the voice of the Lord, like young Samuel sleeping in the Temple before the ark in the reading from 1 Samuel. We haven’t had the experience of Andrew and Simon Peter in today’s Gospel, who heard the words of Jesus inviting Andrew to follow him and giving Simon his new name, Peter (or “rock”).

The Lord’s call comes to us in many ways. …