In today's reading from Samuel, a woman named Hannah gives voice to what so many of us do when she says to Eli, the priest: "I was only pouring out my troubles to the Lord."
As his lifelong desire for the priesthood was beginning to diminish, he received a letter that changed his life.
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The excitement of Christmas is over, unfortunately (or maybe thankfully depending on your perspective!).
I am intrigued by the confidence and conviction of this leper from the street. His miseries did not lessen his faith and hope in the power of a merciful God.
We love God because he first loved us.
Their hearts were hardened. This still happens to the best of us. They did not understand the incident of the loaves. Jesus fed 5,000 people and many of his closest followers questioned his ability to do such a thing.