Greetings in the name of Christ! Thank you for letting me come into your place.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus continues a conversation that began with the man he gave sight to. The man was rejected by his own afterwards. There was disbelief. But Jesus spoke about a flock that was open to many through Him. Although it is from verse one to ten, please let me read you the last 3 verses.
The Holy Gospel According to St. John the 10th chapter.
Glory to you, oh Lord!
“Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
The Gospel of our Lord!
Praise to you, oh Christ.
We must prayerfully select what is best and where we might find that spiritual pasture, where can we listen to Jesus, and find words that comfort and challenge us to be kind, merciful and do justice even in our seclusion. By nurturing our relationship with Christ, we can get better at listening.
In our Gospel today we read words of Jesus, saying, “All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them.” So, we as God’s sheep have the ability to choose who comes into our homes, and to not listen to those who make us worry. There are voices that tell us not to follow health protocols, and others that encourage us to give up. There are the voices of media, religious people, politicians, neighbors, and family. Some are discouraging and depressing; others bring rational hope. Which voices are you letting into your life in this digital era?
Jesus says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” No matter where you are or who you are with, Jesus’ voice is the one that brings life abundantly, even when our bodies are broken.
That is good news! Amen.
Let us pray,
Good Shepherd, may we always go in and out through you. Help us discern what to hear and when is enough. Thank you for your divine providence. We pray for those that are hurting and hungry because of this pandemic. Let us be a channel of your grace to help others. We commend ourselves to you as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the + Holy Spirit. Amen.
Until next time stay with God’s blessing,
The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy.
The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace! Amen
+ Bp. Pedro
The Rev. Pedro M. Suarez, Bishop
Florida-Bahamas Synod, ELCA