Hearing Voices

May 9, 2017 – Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me.  Alleluia!

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John (10:22-30)

The feast of the Dedication was taking place in Jerusalem.
It was winter.
And Jesus walked about in the temple area on the Portico of Solomon.
So the Jews gathered around him and said to him,
“How long are you going to keep us in suspense?
If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
Jesus answered them, “I told you and you do not believe.
The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me.
But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep.
My sheep hear my voice;

I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.
No one can take them out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,
and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand.
The Father and I are one.”
 

Reflect: My sheep hear my voice. Certain voices we really like to hear. Those who express love, compassion, hope, encouragement, acceptance, forgiveness, gentleness, kindness, joy, and peace are the kind of voices that resonate with the core of our being. In the gospel today, we see that Jesus has been speaking and teaching about his message and that of the Father, about his identity and his unity with God. Many of his listeners understand and believe, but others can’t grasp the message and they challenge him to tell them plainly. Faith gives us the grace, the ability to hear and understand the voice of Jesus, the Good Shepherd. His voice guides us in verdant pastures where we find nourishment, security and peace. Regardless, there are times when other voices begin to penetrate our hearts and heads. Perhaps we are spending too much time listening to voices that aren’t in unity with our Shepherd. Perhaps we are filled with a spirit of arrogance, pride or rebellion that believes that our own voice is the only one we should listen to. At the end of the day, when night is falling there is only one voice that can lead us home safely. There is only one set of hands that will protect us from the violence and chaos in the world around us. That voice, those hands belong to Jesus, the Good Shepherd; the only one who can lead us to eternal life.

Questions: What voice do I find myself seeking throughout any given day? How do I sort out the cacophony of noises and voices that inundate my world? What voice is life-giving and the source of peace?

Pray: Loving God, as you invite me to celebrate the joy of Christ’s Resurrection, help me to listen to no voice but his so that I can be led to the glory and hope of eternal life.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Let us rejoice and be glad and give glory to God, for the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Alleluia!

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