“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.”
Prayer: Come Holy Spirit, Creator Blessed, and in our souls take up Your rest. Amen.
I love these words, “My sheep hear My voice.” These words fill me with tremendous awe. Jesus is confident that we can hear Him. He is confident that we are hearing Him. He is confident that His voice is audible to us. Jesus is confident that He is close enough and loud enough that we can hear Him. When Jesus says: “My sheep hear my voice,” He is also saying to us, and confirming the great Truth, that He is speaking. For to hear a voice a person must speak a word. I love that. That means He is speaking a Word to you and to me and our only effort is to listen to it. We do not heed to encourage Him to speak, He is speaking!
In working with our youth and young adults, I often find a common lie of the enemy which many fall into believing. When I hear that they actually believe the lie, I immediately pull the veil on the enemy’s insidious work. The lie he sells them is this: that God is not speaking to them and therefore they are not precious to Him, or the lie, that He doesn’t want to be in relationship with them, somewhere they lost Him and He is no longer speaking to them because they are not good enough or worse, that He no longer loves them, so He no longer speaks to them as He did when they were little. And here the liar looses, because his lie can always be uncovered as just that- a lie. Jesus says: “My sheep hear my voice.” That means, He is close enough to us, that he can see our very faces and He sees that we hear Him. He knows by the look on our face, our countenance-the reflection of our soul, He knows that we are hearing Him.
So why do we feel we don’t hear Him at times? I love the picture of this little lamb above, look at him again. He looks somewhat distracted as if he is listening but also thinking about getting back to eating the grass or walking where he wants to go. We are like this. We can hear His voice but find ourselves so utterly distracted with other things, people, happenings etc. , that we want to get back to doing what we are doing before He spoke to us and we don’t give the voice of the Shepherd a chance to actually move us, guide us, teach us….LOVE US.
Question: What are you distracted by? Where do you thoughts go constantly?
Aspiration: O my Jesus, let me adhere promptly to your voice and promptings. Give me a docile heart. Amen.