Gospel Reflections

Feast of Saint John Paul

John 10:1-10

Feast Day Reflection by Sister Esther Adama

Published: October 11, 2017

Read John 10:1-10

Jesus said: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and... Read More…

"The sheep know the voice of their shepherd - and they follow him, but they will never follow a stranger - in fact they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger's voice." To know and recognize the voice of someone shows the close bond one has with that person. The relationship must be a friendly, trusting, caring and loving one.

Jesus, the Good Shepherd, calls us all today to listen to his voice through the daily sacramental encounter we have been privileged with in the Church. Jesus wants us to listen to him in the scriptures, Eucharist and its beautiful symbols that often communicate a great deal about the loving and good shepherd. He also wants us to listen lovingly to the people we live and work with. He wants parents to listen and be there for their children. He wants children to be there for their parents and other people as well. He wants everyone live a non-violent life. He wants us to breathe out positive energies into one another and our environment. He wants us to be his eyes, feet, hands and heart for the poor and needy. This is our call and cross which become easy when likened to and carried along with Jesus.

The problem that we have today, and indeed it has always been a problem, is in coming to recognize and know the voice of Christ our Shepherd in the midst of all the voices that speak around us and how to recognize and know the voice of Christ our Shepherd and in the midst of the all different voices that speak within us within our own hearts and minds.

The sheep in the mid-east had their own voices and other voices and were able to discern among voices especially when these voices sounded like that of the good shepherd. They were able to recognize the One true voice. They were able to sift out the authentic voice from all the voices within and around them. This is not an easy task but it is possible because Jesus is always with us to assist us if we remain attached to him and united with him one in heart and one in mind.

We are called to the restful water of baptism to follow in the footsteps of Jesus the Shepherd of our souls. For by His suffering He bore our sins in His body to free us from sin. But His suffering is also an example for us. From Him we should learn patience in our afflictions, to hand ourselves over to the will of God. Like the good shepherd, Jesus knows each one of us in a deeply. He knows each of us can have a weak faith, and we can become discouraged and prone to stray from the flock. Jesus will never desert us. Let us continue to trust him and not be afraid. Jesus has gone ahead, driven us through the dark valley of evil and death. His Cross has become the narrow gate through which we must pass to reach His empty tomb the verdant pastures of life abundant. So let us keep listening to the voice of the good shepherd.

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