October 22nd, 2020

john 10, sheep

It is the Lord who leads us

"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me." John 10:27

"Let us desire to know His voice; let us pray for the gift of watchful ears and a willing heart. He does not call all men in one way, He calls us each in His own way. To St. Peter He said, 'Follow thou Me;' of St. John, 'If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?' Nor is it always easy to know His voice. St. John knew it, and said, 'It is the Lord,' before St. Peter. Samuel did not know it till Eli told him. St. Paul asked, 'Who art Thou, Lord?' We are bid, 'try the spirits, whether they be of God.' But whatever difficulty there be in knowing when Christ calls, and whither, yet at least let us look out for His call. Let us not be content with ourselves; let us not make our own hearts our home, or this world our home, or our friends our home; let us look out for a better country, that is, a heavenly. Let us look out for Him who alone can guide us to that better country..." Sermon The Shepherd of Our Souls, John Henry Newman