Perfect Light of revelation, as you shone in the life of Jesus, whose epiphany we celebrate, so shine in us and through us, that we may become beacons of truth and compassion, enlightening all creation with deeds of justice and mercy. Amen.
3:1 Then the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. 3:2 And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in his place, and when his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see, 3:3 and before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle of the Lord where the ark of God was, and while Samuel was lying down, 3:4 that the Lord called Samuel. And he answered, "Here I am" 3:5 So he ran to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me." And he said, "I did not call; lie down again." And he went and lay down. 3:6 Then the Lord called yet again, "Samuel" So Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, "Here I am, for you called me." He answered, "I did not call, my son; lie down again." 3:7 (Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor was the word of the Lord yet revealed to him.) 3:8 And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. Then he arose and went to Eli, and said, "Here I am, for you did call me." Then Eli perceived that the Lord had called the boy. 3:9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, "Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, 'Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.'" So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 3:10 Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, "Samuel Samuel" And Samuel answered, "Speak, for Your servant hears." 3:11 Then the Lord said to Samuel: "Behold, I will do something in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle. 3:12 "In that day I will perform against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. 3:13 "For I have told him that I will judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knows, because his sons made themselves vile, and he did not restrain them. 3:14 "And therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever." 3:15 So Samuel lay down until morning, and opened the doors of the house of the Lord. And Samuel was afraid to tell Eli the vision. 3:16 Then Eli called Samuel and said, "Samuel, my son" And he answered, "Here I am." 3:17 And he said, "What is the word that the Lord spoke to you? Please do not hide it from me. God do so to you, and more also, if you hide anything from me of all the things that He said to you." 3:18 Then Samuel told him everything, and hid nothing from him. And he said, "It is the Lord. Let Him do what seems good to Him." 3:19 So Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. 3:20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel had been established as a prophet of the Lord.
139:1 O Lord, You have searched me and known me. 139:2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. 139:3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. 139:4 For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. 139:5 You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. 139:6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it. 139:13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. 139:14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. 139:15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 139:16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. 139:17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God How great is the sum of them 139:18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.
6:12 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 6:13 Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 6:14 And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power. 6:15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not 6:16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For "the two," He says, "shall become one flesh." 6:17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. 6:18 Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 6:20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.
1:43 The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, "Follow Me." 1:44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 1:45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote-Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." 1:46 And Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." 1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit" 1:48 Nathanael said to Him, "How do You know me?" Jesus answered and said to him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." 1:49 Nathanael answered and said to Him, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God You are the King of Israel" 1:50 Jesus answered and said to him, "Because I said to you, 'I saw you under the fig tree,' do you believe? You will see greater things than these." 1:51 And He said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man."