Audio Readings April 22, 4th Week of Easter

4th Week of Easter

He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. (John 10:3)
Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 42:2-3; 43:3-4;John 10:1-10

It may seem rather insulting to hear Jesus comparing us to sheep. After all, sheep are usually considered to be rather stupid animals that eventually end up on our dinner plates. But actually, Jesus is commenting on how intelligent sheep can be. They know better than to follow a stranger’s voice—something that even we humans don’t always get right! But these sheep have become so accustomed to hearing their shepherd speak that they won’t even acknowledge another person’s voice.

This is God’s vision for all of us. He fashioned us, as his children, with the capacity to hear his voice and be formed by his word. And to do this, he gave us the gift of a conscience, which the Church calls our “most secret core and … sanctuary” (Catechism, 1776). Our conscience is not just a “sin gauge,” telling us how wrong or right a certain action is. It is the place where we hear the Lord most clearly and most intimately. It’s our inner self, the place where we learn the most about ourselves and the place where we hear our Father tell us who we really are.

Clearly, our conscience helps us to do more than avoid wrongdoing. It also points out the good we could be doing. Do you sometimes feel promptings to reach out to someone who is hurting or to stand against some injustice? Chances are, these promptings are not just “shoulds” and “ought-tos.” They are God’s invitation to use your unique gifts to become his messenger of grace and love.

Those who have access to a computer probably check their e-mails at least once a day—perhaps several times a day. Today as you spend time with the Lord, check your “spirit-mail.” Surely God has sent you a message—perhaps dozens of them! Some of these may seem unimportant, such as “Pray for that friend who has lost his job,” or “Give your daughter a call, and tell her that you love her.” But if you respond to those messages, you will be doing no small task. You will be building God’s kingdom on earth!

“Lord, it’s so easy to become distracted by other voices. Help me to be still and hear you. May I always follow your still, small voice and walk in your love and grace.” ~WAU


About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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