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.”