In the regions where Jesus was an itinerant preacher, three or four flocks could be kept in a communal sheepfold for safety. In the morning, the shepherds would come and, as each called out; the sheep attuned to the sound of his voice would follow to life-giving pasture.
We are surrounded by hundreds of voices clamouring for our attention. We are bombarded by messages, social media incessantly chattering. Jesus invites us to get attuned to his voice, listening for the distinctive sound of it so that, even if it is faintly heard in a cacophony, we immediately turn toward it so that we can follow it in a life-giving direction.
How do we get attuned to that voice? By reading the gospels. A Chinese student once told me that the Chinese character for gospel is ‘happy sounds’. I like the plural. Jesus’ gospel voice is not a monotone but a polyphony sounding in different ways in different situations.
As disciples, we have to get onto the same wavelength as that voice so that we can echo it in our own lives. We become reverberations of Christ’s voice in many different situations, helping him to lead others to life-giving pastures.
We could take a moment to pray for better listening so that we might recognise the gospel voice of Jesus Christ, especially at the moment of death. Then we may hear the one voice we need and long for: ‘Today you will be with me in paradise.’
© Fr Michael Tate
Please note there will be no Kids Church on Sunday 22nd April due to our Catechists being on holidays. We will resume as normal on Sunday 29th April. Thank you for your understanding.
Join us on Saturday 5th May at 3pm in the Rosary Room for the Rosary followed by afternoon tea. Children welcome.
A Healing Mass, followed by morning tea, will be held at OLR Church on Thursday 26th April at 10:30am. There will be a sit down Morning Tea in the Foyer of the Church after the Mass.
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