In today’s culture, many voices clamor for our attention. But the voice of the media is louder than anything else. Intruding our freedom, they sound through television, internet, cell phone and what not. Whether we like it or not, they arrest our minds and hearts with various messages, commercials and videos.
In the midst of such a disturbing social media, Jesus is presenting himself, in today’s Gospel, as a Good Shepherd confidently proclaiming, “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish” (John 10:27 28). In our sickness we need a physician, in our wandering a guide, in our blind darkness someone to show us the light and in our thirst for life, someone to open the fountain of living water. Knowing that we are in darkness and lifeless, Jesus presents himself as the unique Shepherd, who can lead us to everlasting life. He has, indeed, gone to the extent of dying for our sake, in order that we may possess that life within us.
If only we free ourselves from the prevailing voices around us and listen, in the silence of our heart, to the voice of Jesus, our Good Shepherd, then he will lead us exactly where we want to go, to the life eternal, which will not perish.
The confident message of Jesus that his sheep hear his voice, necessitates a positive response, a receptive attitude from us in listening to his voice, our Good Shepherd. Hearing his voice is to recognize the importance of his words and our willingness to place ourselves under his guidance and to offer ourselves to become his disciple. As Peter declared, we must exclaim, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the holy One of God” (John 6:68 69).
In order to hear the voice of Jesus, let us read the Bible, receive with open heart, when it is proclaimed in the Church and listen to the teaching of the Church spoken through the Pope.
God bless you
Fr. Arul Joseph V.