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Proper 5B 1st Reading

That probably broke his heart.

Can you imagine being Samuel. Your story begins before you are born. Your mother prays to God and she dedicates you to God. You don’t get a choice in the matter. Then you are raised by Eli, the priest of Shiloh. While you were still a boy, God spoke audibly to you. You have devoted your entire life to working for God. Your entire life’s work has been as a judge of Israel. And what happens at the end?

You sons take bribes. They are corrupt. Despite this you still try to establish them as the next judges, forg