"My sheep listen to my voice."
Today , we celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday. It is a day when we are given the opportunity to give thanks to God for Jesus, our Shepherd, who still walks with us through our priests and all who are called.
In today's gospel, the kingdom of God reminds us of a pasture. Sheep will not leave their shepherd because they know his voice. They will not go with a stranger but flee from him.
Interesting-Jesus says the sheep listen to His words, His teachings. But sheep listen to the voice.
In fact, the idea is such that we have such intimacy with Christ, that soon we will hear His voice and it will make us safe. We will know that He is near.
If someone listens only to His voice and not His teachings, then the level of intimacy will never be sufficient.
How many people do we know in authority? Does their council help us live? Do they know the answers to some questions? Besides that we do not create any relationship with them.
Today is why we take time to see how our relationship is with Jesus.
Is it at a heart level or a head level?
Is it at a level of continuous searching and asking questions? Can that be the level of support and self -assurance?
Someone said, "if you are looking for support for your faith, never stop at the question WHY?" Because the question of why can be multiplied like sand uncountable and loose, and as a result no one will be certain.
Only one question will give us support in our faith-WHO?
So we ask, who is my shepherd and guide? Who do I trust?
Not one of us is wise enough to understand the Bible, theologies and the will of God. No one gives us answers to all our doubts.
But when our guide is Jesus, we just need to look at His Cross to find out about the most important things. He loves us intensely. He alone knows the way, and knows what is safe for us. Because only He is our Shepherd and knows us well.
"My sheep listen to my voice ". Can you recognize the voice of Christ yet?