Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/050717.cfm
Jesus said: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber. But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as the shepherd 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. But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.” Although Jesus used this figure of speech, the Pharisees did not realize what he was trying to tell them.
So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”
Whose voice do you follow? If you do not follow the Shepherd, then you will be led astray. We are not always as smart as sheep. They cannot be misled, but we can and often are. The voice of Jesus is the one true voice to follow. If you have not heard it yet, read His word and listen.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, your voice is sweet to my ears and soothing to my heart. Listening to your voice brings me a peace I get nowhere else. I pray Lord, that everyone would listen and hear you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen, Alleluia!
The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want, Alleluia!