Gospel Reflections

4th Sunday of Easter

John 10:11-18

Sunday Gospel Reflection by Sister Terry Davis

Published: April 22, 2018

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The Fourth Sunday of Easter is also known as “Good Shepherd Sunday”. Because the Gospel describes this image of God, that is where my reflection carried me. I am often reminded of the time I wandered into a church, was surprised by the large number of children and was treated to an hour of listening to different children’s choirs. One song in particular still lingers and it is “Do you know your Shepherd’s Voice?”

In the Gospel, Jesus states, “I am the good shepherd and I know my sheep and mine know me.” This implies a relationship that is so much more than a list of moral codes and religious practices. Jesus is calling us to a deep and intimate relationship, in which we know and hear his voice, and this is reciprocal.

I have listened to the song numerous times and it still calls to me, in the innocence of the voices and in its compelling questions: Do you hear? Are you listening? This is the chorus:

Do you know your Shepherd's voice Are you list'ning with your heart Have you stopped to hear Him calling Felt the peace His words impart As the world shouts its orders That are easiest to hear Won't you draw away and listen To your Shepherd.    Text and Music by Susan Lord

Here is a link to one YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-Oy1Cwi0SM


There are many more versions that you can watch. I suggest, however, that you close your eyes and simply listen to the children singing. Perhaps you can then take some time to let their questions find a home and an answer in your heart.

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