“My sheep listen to my voice”

The Gospel (Jn 10, 27-30)

At that time Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I knew them, and they followed me. I have given them eternal life; they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is above all, and no one can snatch them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are USA. »

Other readings: Acts 13, 14.43-52; Ps 99 (100); Pin 7, 9.14b-17

To understand

“They are burning with jealousy”, we read in the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles. Here is a bible verse that is very easy to understand: from the beginning, did not jealousy destroy all our brotherhood, no matter what their social nature? Can we commit ourselves to it? This sickness of the soul is the cause of many fraternities, strife and war: we see its illustration in the passage from the Acts of the Apostles read this Sunday. He’s got you out of your mind! The Book of Deuteronomy says: “The Lord your God is a jealous God in the midst of you” (Dt 6, 15). The anthropomorphic use of the term applied to God makes us understand that deep down, jealousy is rooted in love. But while God’s work of love is a complete and indivisible gift of Himself, His “jealousy” is expressed nothing but His fervent desire to fill all with His abundance. The first reading of the day shows On the contrary how many people can remain prisoners of their egocentric, even in the religious realm. To offer myself to the unconditional Love in which God loves me personally as each of my fellow human beings, isn’t this the cure to healing our jealousies and participating in God’s joy?

→ READ: Why is there so much jealousy in the Bible?

meditate

Following the accounts of the appearance of the resurrected Jesus, selected Bible passages reveal to us his work in our lives. It’s like the Good Shepherd he knocked this week on the door of our hearts. This “jealous” Shepherd of our Salvation is the One who tells us in Revelation: “The Lamb standing in the midst of the Throne is their Shepherd who will lead them to fountains of waters of life. » This Lamb, described in Revelation as the throne of the Most High – and therefore true God – is also one of us, because he has “Living with us”. Its mission “to guide us to living fountains of salvation”, on “Give us eternal life”. The present used here is significant: when the sheep follow him, hearing his voice, they will receive this eternal life as part of it. From this land. Let us note again this uniqueness: the Shepherd is the Lamb. God who was born of God, he chose to save us from the death of sin by making himself the weakest, most vulnerable. He understands our poverty. Because he offers us his redeeming work in a unique, warm relationship of love, envious of any Evil’s grip on what he has done as a brother. This Good Shepherd holds all mankind in his help to present himself before the Father, responsible for every sheep He has entrusted to him. He will allow himself to be killed to inhabit the death of the sinner and connect with it the Eternal Life that he shares with his Father, in the Spirit. “No one can take anything out of his hand.” This he introduces in his union with the Love of the Father: “The Father and I are ONE. » The feature now offered to all “Follow the Lamb wherever he goes” is eternal life, beginning with faith. This gift draws us to the redemptive dynamics of the Lamb-Shepherd: Is our heart burning with the hot Fire that consumes him of the Shepherd? are we “loves a jealous love” for this God who loves us so much as well as for the Salvation of all? The risen Christ desires that we place each of our brethren in his hands. Holy Spirit, grant us this charity!

→ READ: Jesus, a very good pastor

prayer

May the whole earth praise you, Lord, and serve you with joy.

I come to you with songs of joy!

Let everyone know that You are God:

you made us, and we are yours, we, your people, your flock.

May my life proclaim your goodness, Lord: your steadfast love endures forever,

your faithfulness remains from season to season.

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