December 3, 2020

Easter IV

Byzantine Mosaic of Christ the Shepherd, Ravenna

By Chaplain Mike

Today’s Gospel: John 10:1-10

he goes before me into every day
before he sends me forth
he himself has gone before
the way is made ready
the path prepared
i don’t see it at first
it is mine to watch and listen
to filter the noise
to hear that voice
to go, to listen
to distinguish, to respond
to discover what he has already done
before i do a thing
and in my doing
find more than what i do

and so life abounds


  1. “It is mine…… filter the noise”

    I like that!

  2. Very well spoken. He speaks, we listen. He leads, we follow. He gives, we receive. How simple!
    It’s interesting that you should reflect on this today as I was thinking this am about how we do not need to focus so much on identifying and developing healthy self-talk (leading to more self focus) but simply listening and being formed by the God-talk/speech of the Good Shepherd. All of this flows from relationship with God, a life of listening prayer and loving obedience to him in all things as this was the life of Jesus brought out so vividly in John’s gospel.

  3. Love it!

  4. Thanks, Mike. Beautiful in it’s truth and simplicity.

  5. Joe Scordato says

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful lines with us. They remind me of the words of an old hymn by Frank M. North, “Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life”. Learning “to filter the noise, to hear the voice” is becoming more and more valuable to me.

  6. It was a powerful scripture lesson today. Most religions address the anxiety of those forces in life which result in estrangement and non-being. The lesson today made quite clear the Christian answer: the Lord is my Shepherd. Even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, He is with us. Out pastor tied it back to the first commandment, to love, trust and fear God above all else. Trials, failures, and death frighten us from engaging the eternal now, to live with hope and courage in the horizontal plain. of life. But the gospel boldly proclaims, “fear not. I am with you”.