Dec 10, 2011

Advent 2011, Day 14

Gospel of the Day
As they were coming down from the mountain,
the disciples asked Jesus,
"Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"
He said in reply, "Elijah will indeed come and restore all things;
but I tell you that Elijah has already come,
and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased.
So also will the Son of Man suffer at their hands."
Then the disciples understood
that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.
                                                               Matthew 17:9A, 10-13

The kids have drawn a crown for the 14th symbol of our Jesse tree.  The crown symbolizes the beginning of the kingdom (1 Samuel 3:1-21, 7:1-8:22, 9:15-10:9).  The story of Samuel responding to God's call begins his role as a prophet. When Samuel was a boy, he heard God calling to him and dedicated his life to serving Him.  He urged Israel to have a single heart and to look for the Lord in every need.  Samuel anointed Saul as the first king. Samuel instructed the people to serve the Lord with "all your heart" because if they didn't, no king would be able to save them.

Two important lessons from today’s story are: listening to God and becoming God’s servant.

"Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth"
(I Sam 3:9)



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