Our Lectio Divina for this Friday corresponds to the Fourth Sunday in Easter Year C.
Jn 10:27-30 I give eternal life to the sheep that belong to me.
Please, let’s keep on praying for peace.
What a wonderful passage. The shepherd never fails to look after his sheep. Our saviour never fails to protect us. The sheep recognise and trust the shepherd and all I am asked to do is the same. My whole faith is based on just three words. TRUST, OBEY and LOVE. If I am to follow Jesus I must have all three. The sheep ( myself ) will be guided safely home and join the rest of the herd. Only the shepherd knows the way home. I must follow blindly knowing that the path might have many ups and downs but ultimately I trust the shepherd. If I can trust my sat nav to get me to my destination then surely I can show the same trust in my shepherd.
A Shepherd looks after his sheep. We have the ultimate Shepherd in our Lord Jesus Christ. We are His sheep and He will not let us be lost. I know I have wandered away from Him at times and He always brings me back. Jesus says “My sheep listen to my voice, I know them and they follow me.” “No-one can snatch them away from the Father’s care.” “The Father and I are one.” He will never leave us. Again, in this passage confirming the Holy Trinity. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three persons in one God.
oday’s short, familiar, powerful, beautiful passage took me by surprise.
My first emotional response was of longing, sadness, compassion for those who seem to be on the road to being lost while Jesus claims:” Not one of those who belong to me will be lost”. We know Christ suffered abominably in love through his passion and won eternal life for us all as he rose from the dead. No saint who did not need this. We know the crucifixion does not end and Jesus’ painful thirst for souls goes on and on. So, who are those who belong to the Father who will not be stolen from him and who are the others? The mystery is lost in The Trinity.Many hear the word, his voice, often, be it in church, via the media or a friend but the truth does not seem to penetrate. But what do I know? What do I know of the tiny seed planted through the Holy Spirit, maybe even from a brief word of yours or mine? God’s word goes forth and does not return to him empty.
Then, I am led to repentance for the times in my life when I and others might have thought that I had never really listened…for where were the fruits showing at those particular times? God has given me a great gift of hope. He never gives up on us. In “The Chosen” there is a scene with Mary Magdalen, which comes from the imagination of the writers but is quite powerful and holds precious truth. Mary has some small relapse but when she returns Jesus tells her:”We want your heart and we have that. The rest takes time.” Hope!! I am filled with gratitude, wonder, joy, love, love, love. He will never give up on me and will not let the enemy steal the life he has planned for me. So is it for others. I am weak and little; he is big, strong, mighty and subdues my enemy with the flick of his finger or should I say the breath from his mouth.
He will be the same for others but, mysteriously, he has ordained that we help each other with our prayer. So, I pray “constantly”, give thanks for people of all times, loving him on their behalf, and do not cease to believe though I do not see and do not understand. Rejoice always!
Continuing Easter blessings for you all.
Sometimes it is hard to discern the voice of Jesus amidst the clamouring of all the other voices in our lives. Life becomes confusing. We are faced with choices and decisions that we struggle to make. The voice of Jesus is not always the loudest one but it is always there if we take the time out to listen for him. When we hear him he asks us to follow him – the answers to our questions may not be ones we want to hear and following him may be hard and demanding leading me to ask myself if I am 100% sure I truly do? But we are held in the Father’s hand. As a parent we want to protect and defend our children and keep them safe. We do whatever is humanly possible to try to make sure this happens. How much more does our Heavenly Father love us – no one can snatch us out of his hand. Wherever following Jesus leads me will be held safely and truly loved.
Love and blessings
I know them
He know us and He knows what we can be. The invitation to follow Him and become who He would have us be is always there, and even though we may stumble and fall His love lifts us up to begin again. What an amazing journey this is.
Today I am reminded that Jesus is my protector and Shepherd who guards and guides, who feeds and protects me from the dangers of this life and defends me from anyone who would try to take me away from him. I am assured of this if I keep listening to his voice. Thank you Lord.
My words were: ‘never be lost‘; ‘no one can snatch them‘
This very short Gospel arose in me many questions.
I understand at the time of Jesus the life of a shepherd and his flock was well known; where each shepherd and his sheep spent all time together, they got to know each other very well indeed. The shepherd was responsible for keeping the flock together and safe, for leading it to good pasture… The sheep depended totally on the shepherd for life.
Thus the image of the Good Shepherd is a good description of the relationship between Jesus and his followers.
As the sheep, the followers of Jesus listen to His voice, His words became clear for those who remain with Him, while they are an enigma for those who don’t. And in consequence they follow Him, knowing that He will protect them, He will be their guide in life.
Furthermore, in between listening and following, they get to know each other well. Therefore they have a personal relation, a conscious communication, a communion, of the whole being: mind, heart, and will; a relationship which brings eternal life to the followers. Becoming the follower’s spiritual maturity?
Is this relationship with Jesus and the eternal life it brings what can never be lost or snatched away?
A famous Spanish philosopher and writer, José Ortega y Gasset, talking about the self described as ‘I am me and my circumstances’; expression which well apply to me today. I am one of these sheep who hasn’t been with Jesus all the time, who was lost, who didn’t remain in Him. Was it because I didn’t listen, because it was not clear His words for me, or because I didn’t know Him so well? Was I lost totally? Was I snatched?
And yet, the Lord, the Good Shepherd, the mad shepherd who leaves 99 in order to search for one lost came for me, rescued me. Such mad love has Jesus Christ for each one of us.
And now, do I listen to His voice? Do I know Him well? Do I have my full self in this relationship with my Saviour? Honestly I just can say, I try.
In consequence, I always ask the same Grace for those who today are lost, who don’t recognise the permanent presence and company of God walking with them day by day; who can’t not see that Listening, Knowing and Following Jesus is the only way in which their lives will have full meaning, full Joy.
Temptations happen and will always happen, trying to snatch us from our Lord, but, He will be there by all of us, guiding and protecting us; giving us LIVE to the full.
Please, Clement Lord, go and rescue all those lost today, bring them back to You, as You did with me. In Jesus Name I pray.