FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
8 May 2022
“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.” (John 10: 27-30)
How shall I live this Word?
The trust we place in reading the Gospel, in listening to the words of our shepherds, in attending liturgical assemblies, the same interest we can experience in reading these lines … are the immediate demonstration that the affirmation of Jesus is true, “My sheep listen to my voice.” And the voice of the supreme Shepherd always resounds and continually animates His Church. By virtue of a supernatural gift, all of us baptized already have, together with faith, a kind of inner thrust that makes us recognize and follow the good, as sheep follow the friendly sound of those they know. It is therefore reductive and wrong to evaluate the efficacy of the Christian proclamation with the parameters of immediate success, the persuasiveness of the proclaimer, organizational efficiency. We must always recognize the ultimate reality behind every appearance, the meaning of every sound that reaches our ears, the intention behind every word.
Today let us renew our trust in the Lord concretely present in His Church, which is our community on earth. Let us express this confidence by developing the resolution to receive the Sacrament of Confession from an ordained minister.”
The Voice of Ignatius of Antioch
Be deaf, when someone speaks to you apart from Jesus Christ, of the lineage of David, born of Mary, who was truly begotten, who ate and drank, who was truly persecuted under Pontius Pilate, who was truly crucified and died in the sight of creatures heavenly, terrestrial, and underground!
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