Sunday, May 11, 2014

Jesus Calls Us By Name

"The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice." - John 10:3-4
He calls his own sheep by name.
Have I ever heard that call? Have I heard Him speak my name?
This makes me think of Mary Magdalene when she did not recognize Jesus after His resurrection until He called her by name. "Mary."
The sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice.
Sometimes we recognize Jesus' voice through others' words, written or verbal. 
Sometimes we recognize Jesus in the silence of our hearts. Or in another person. Or in nature. Or in scripture.
But in order to recognize Jesus, we need to listen. We need to be still and listen and pay attention to the world and people around us.
Jesus, thank you for being my shepherd. Thank you for calling me until I finally hear your voice. Help me to recognize you. May I always follow you and hear your voice. Amen.

edited post from 5/15/11


Michael said...

Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure I miss Him way more than I actually hear Him.

God Bless you.

Colleen said...

Michael, yes, me too. But he never gives up on us. He never stops trying to get our attention.
Thank you!

Mary N. said...

Great reflection, Colleen! I don't even want to think about how many times I missed Him over the years. Good thing He cures the deaf and makes the blind see :)

(Ex? Maybe not) O Dumb Blind One

Colleen said...

Mary, I am with you. I have missed him many times and I know I still do.

Joann Nelander said...

Colleen, I'm sure Jesus has called me in the annoying voices around me when I just don't want to be bothered. Maybe He won't be handsome, or scrubbed or dressed in Sunday best or flowing robes when He calls or comes to me again. Our Pope has gotten it right!

Colleen said...

Joann, amen!!
I have often thought about that myself. St. Benedict said to welcome all as Christ. I know I often fail to do that.

Michael Seagriff said...

What an obstinate lot we are. How fortunate for us that our Lord is a forgiving One who gives us repeatedly oppotunity to "get it right'!
Thanks Colleen for bringing this Truth into the light.

Colleen said...

Michael, yes we are very obstinate! We are also blessed.