Sunday, March 22
Listening to the voice of our Shepherd
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”
Today is Sunday. It is the day that the early Christians chose to worship because Jesus rose from the dead on a Sunday. Sunday, for believers, is the traditional day to gather together. But during this crisis, such social connectedness would not be prudent. That’s why Christ the King and thousands of other churches are doing worship online today. In this time of trial, we still connect with God’s word on Sunday. Though we are disconnected physically, we are united in this: we want to hear the voice of our Shepherd.
Jesus said “If you continue in my teaching you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.
(John 8:32). Praying to his father for us, his disciples, Jesus said “Sanctify them in the truth, your word is truth.” (John 17:17). The Psalmist wrote “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105). The Word of God has power and life for us.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30). With the different rhythm of your schedule these days, might God be inviting you to invest more time and energy to listen to the voice of your Shepherd?
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the gift of your word. Thank you that in your word I discover Jesus, the Word of Life. Thank you that you have made me one of your sheep. Help me to listen to your voice, Jesus. You are my Good Shepherd. Amen.