Tuesday, April 28, 2015

"My sheep hear my voice": Daily Mass Homily--Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

(Listen to this homily here).

            Some of my fondest memories with my Mom and Dad are with sports, specifically with training and racing.  Both of my parents—especially my Mom—have put on many miles biking while I run or kayaking as I swam in a lake.  They’ve traveled many races to cheer me on in races, marathons and triathlons.
            What really inspires me is that I can always pick Mom and Dad’s voice out as they cheer me on during races.  This amazes me as I don’t know if they’re actually yelling louder than the rest of the crowd—well, my Mom probably is—but I still hear them.  It’s always a motivator hearing my Mom’s screams and Dad’s boisterous encouragement as I’m ready to die.
            Today we continue hearing about Jesus’ role as the Good Shepherd: “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” 
This is actually true with shepherds and their flocks.  Sheep and goats recognize the voice or call of their shepherd.  You can witness this among nomadic shepherds—if different groups of goats and sheep are intermingled, the shepherd can call, start walking away, and his flock will follow him. 
And a shepherd recognizes the voices of their sheep—much like if you have a dog and can recognize their bark. 
Praise God, we have heard the voice of our Shepherd.  That’s what brings us to Mass on a Tuesday morning!  We know his voice.  And he knows our voices.  He hears our prayers.
Hold onto this image today as you strive to hear the voice of our Shepherd and as he listens to yours.

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