Us … Sunday, April 21

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The Church.

Gospel John 10:27-30

      Jesus said: “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”
      The Church is a beautiful thing. It must be. God loves it and gave His Son for it. “It” is “us”. The Church, us, hears the voice of Jesus. If we hear His voice it’s because we recognize it. We know Him and He knows us. We know His goodness and He knows all our faults. But we follow Him regardless. Sheep aren’t flawless, but they need to be faithful. Sheep often stumble, it’s getting up that’s important. And He gives us life. Not what we think of as normal life but never-ending life. And it’s not a life that can be brought to an end. Not here and now or later. Following Him faithfully takes us out of the reach of those that would cut our life short. That tells us Who is really in control, Who it is that has the power of life and death. God has given this flock to Jesus and is greater than any, greater than those who would raid the flock, greater than the wolves parading in sheep’s clothing, greater than all. We’re safe in His hands.
      “The council now beginning rises in the Church like the daybreak, a forerunner of most splendid light.” Pope John XXIII, concerning Vatican II.
      Have you ever noticed that daybreak is always preceded by the dark of night? Have you ever noticed that the birth of a child always involves a solid whack on the bottom? Have you ever noticed that almost everything worthwhile is hard? And have you ever noticed than its usually when folks take their eyes off the goal that they stumble during any race?
      “Know you not that they that run in the race, all run indeed, but one receiveth the prize ? So run that you may obtain.” 1 Corinthians 9:24.
      Its pretty easy now days to get side tracked, to take our eyes off the goal, which goal is Christ. But so many things clamor for our attention. That, coupled with the fact that sheep (“us”) aren’t known for their intelligence, makes stumbling easy. Sorry, but that’s the way it is. Things like abortion, scandal(s), politics, false brethren, pollution, and I just get tired of lists like that. You probably do too. So, rather than look to long and hard at those things, which isn’t to say we turn a blind eye, we’ll keep our eyes on the Goal instead. That “most splendid light” Pope John XXIII spoke of. We sheep will keep listening to His voice, trusting in His hands and not worrying about those things wrong in the pasture. Not worrying does NOT mean adopting a Pollyanna attitude and turning that blind eye that I mentioned before. Because running the race also means taking care of business. But in running, in taking care of business, in looking toward the goal its important to set proper priorities. Priority …
      ” … they follow Me.” … And honestly, faithfully doing this, truly and really following Him takes care of all the rest.
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