What a splendid

GOSPEL [JOHN 10: 27 – 30] for us to read and reflect on at the start of our fourth week of striving to personalise our RESURRECTION FAITH. If we read these three short verses carefully, we should be able to make the verses of TODAY’S PSALM [100 or 99] a real prayer of personal faith and thanksgiving – as well as BELIEVING WITH CERTAINTY what we pray:

Know that he, the Lord, is God.

he made us, we belong to him.

we are his people, the sheep of his flock.

…..

He is faithful from age to age.

Therefore, we are able to:

“Cry out with joy to the Lord … serve him … come before him.”

Know the Lord as God

. Know him not be hearsay or because of what some Saint has said, done or recommended but because I myself, personally, have come to a point where and when I am able to accept that HE IS THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD WHO IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE CREATOR, REDEEMER AND SAVIOUR WHO IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD. Recall God’s reply to Moses’ request for identity – “I am who I am.”

Serve him – come before him

. In order to serve him we must come ourselves (not by proxy!) before him. We serve the Lord by a daily striving to “hear his voice” – and we cannot follow him unless we develop the habit of hearing his voice. It is always easier to hear his voice in the great challenges of life and living. It is not so easy to always hear him in the day-to-day problems, distractions and irritations of living. In these situations we should remind ourselves “he made us; we belong to him. … we ARE HIS PEOPLE.”

Do I have a sense of belonging to the I am who I am? If I really belong then I will have a firm and clear sense and understanding of my own Christian identity. I must know who and what I am.

A deepening personalised sense of belonging to him increases our understanding and appreciation of the fact that the life we experience in the here and now is not an end in itself. The life I lead and LIVE in the present only has real value and meaning if I firmly believe I am being led and guided by the Resurrected Christ to “springs of living water” where every tear will be wiped away. {see the SECOND READING: REVELATION 7: 9. 14b – 17} The moment we start living our present lives as they are the only reality then we voluntarily limit our lives to the mundane, the treadmill and being constantly hungry and thirsty for more of the so-called ‘good things’ of which we always seem to want more.

This second reading quotes words from

Psalm 121 (or 120): “the sun will not strike you by day nor the moon at night.” The same Psalm tells us that “help comes only from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth.” It is in this sense that we should understand Jesus’ words from today’s Gospel: “no one shall snatch them out of my hand … no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” Again this Psalm proclaims: “the Lord will guard you against all evil; he will guard you, body and soul.” The Resurrection of Jesus is a powerful reminder that we are body AND spirit. Here we should recall Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount – “put away anxious thoughts about food and drink … clothes to cover your body. Surely life is more than food, the body more than clothes.”

Today’s

FIRST READING [ACTS 13: 14. 43 – 52] concludes with the sentence – “and the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.” In this fourth week of Easter does this apply to us? The same disciples described by ACTS had, yet again, faced persecution, frustration and ridicule. Yet, as today’s Psalm confirms they were still able to realise “how good is the Lord, eternal his merciful love. He is faithful from age to age.”

Am I faithful in all the conflicting situations of my life? This only happens when the Resurrection leads me to know that the Lord IS God – I

BELONG TO HIM and he IS faithful from a


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