In our lives, we have been blessed by the presence of mentors. We trusted those who spoke to us from their wisdom. At times, we have imitated their lessons or adapted them to make them our own. Our lives are better because of those who acted as “spiritual mentors,” “career mentors,” those who have taught us how to parent, supported and challenged us throughout our lives.
Good mentors are present to us at key moments in our lives. The Scripture Lessons today feature many effective mentors.
In the First reading, Samuel is called, but does not understand who is calling him. Each time the Lord calls out, Samuel believes that Eli is calling him. After a while, Eli sees the bigger picture. As a mentor, he helps Samuel understand how he should answer. Eli is responsible for helping Samuel be open to the Word of God that would guide Samuel throughout his life. Samuel’s words have become a prayer spoken by many people, “Speak Lord, for Your servant is listening.”
St. Paul is another spiritual mentor. In the Second Reading, hearing his words as a mentor brings new meaning to the belief, “Your body is a Temple.” That idea has become a cliché as people use it to control what they eat or how they train themselves. Instead, St. Paul’s words are a call to glorify God. “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?
St. John the Baptist is also a model of a spiritual mentor because he helps people discover a life-changing path. Andrew trusted him when he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” After sharing the Good News with his brother Simon-Peter, the Gospel records him saying, “We have found the Messiah- the One who is anointed to bring peace and life!
As we reflect on the mentors in our Scripture Lesson for today, how can we be open to the mentors God sends into our lives. How can we notice opportunities to help someone discover a life changing path that leads to Jesus?