The voice of the Shepherd
22At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, 23and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. 24So the Judeans gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” 25Jesus answered, “I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; 26but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. 27My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. 28I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. 29What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand. 30The Father and I are one.”
We hear the voice of Jesus in scripture, in worship, in prayer and in Christian community. By these spiritual practices, we train our ears to hear the divine and cut out the clutter that keeps us from hearing the voice of love and grace. And we hear the voice of God each time we look for the things God does – we look for resurrection, we look for love, we look for the ways God is raising up new life in parts of our world that were once dead and forgotten. This is how we continue to hear the voice of the great Shepherd guiding us amid a turbulent world.