4th Sunday of Easter: Jonn 10:27-30
Jesus is our protector and Shepherd who guards and guides, who feeds and protects us from the dangers of life and defends us from anyone who tries to take us away from him.
We are assured of this gift as we stay connected to hearing his voice. “The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice….” It is not easy to listen: we get distracted by things around us or we are focused on what we want to say, that it is hard to have the openness to listen someone else. It also takes time and I may be in a hurry. Are there people I should be giving time to listen to?
All this is also true about listening to the Lord. God has so arranged that The Word of God is close at hand in the scriptures. But it requires time to read, to read again, to ponder, mull over, so that the Word of God sinks in and we allow ourselves to hear this “voice” that speaks of peace, that teaches and consoles us. “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening”. 1Sam.3:10.
Once again, Lord, your words ease our aching hearts. You know us; you give us your best gift, which is eternal life; you will defend us from anyone who tries to snatch us away from you. What more can we ask?On my side is the invitation to follow you. But do I think of myself as your follower? My daily prayer helps me to keep you always in view, to listen to your voice and to deepen the relationship that exists between us. Thank you for this graced time.
Those who identify with Jesus hear his voice and come to know and trust in him. They follow in love, wanting only to be in relationship with him.
Lord, thank you that you always know me. I am forever held in your hands in a deep and intimate relationship. I pray for those sick folk who no longer recognise the ones they loved, and for those who care for them. Be their Good Shepherd in their valley of darkness. To hear the voice of Jesus is to be attuned to his word. We pray in order to become more and more perfectly attuned to his word.
Jesus is drawn to those who hear him – he brings the nourishing gift of eternal life. He draws his own life from the Father. To follow him is to be drawn into the mystery of their life. This is what happens, in faith, at the heart of our prayer. Jesus is our protector and Shepherd who guards and guides, who feeds and protects us from the dangers of life and defends us from anyone who tries to take us away from him. We are assured of this gift as we stay connected to hearing his voice.