4th Sun Easter
Christian conversion is promoted by conversation. This section is a response to and a development on the knowledge gained from the commentary section.
This Sunday's Exposition
When heart speaks to heart, the voice of the loved one is known even across a crowded noisy space. And when the voice of love is heard, deep in our being a passion for life blossoms. Fanciful words? Spend some time watching families meet at airports and you will recognise that Jesus has drawn on a profoundly deep experience when he says that the sheep that follow him know his voice. That knowing based on love reaches into the core of our being, as it reflects the knowing of the Father and the Son – the God in whose image we have been made. That relationship is the template upon which all our loving relationships are based.
So why might we be uncertain about the voice of Jesus calling us? Maybe we are listening in the wrong place? Maybe fear stops us from drawing near? Maybe guilt makes us seek a God of vengeance? Maybe pride makes us listen to our own voice? Maybe our addictions and compulsions lead us to indulge our personal desires? Maybe, maybe…but one thing is certain. The voice of the Good Shepherd is now calling each of us by a personal name. And when we recognise it we should do what the Father told us: “Listen to him!” Listening to his voice will lead us out of the mire of the lesser, conflicting voices.