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4th Sunday of Easter

May 7, 2017

A VOICE BEYOND WORDS

There is a saying I have always loved:  God has no grandchildren.  In other words, you do not enter into a relationship with God by virtue of someone else.  You have to come to God on your own terms, in your own way and in your own time.  Try as we may, we cannot do the work of another person’s soul.  Anyone who has ever tried, knows this to be a cardinal truth.

What we can do is create environments for those we love and care about to better hear and listen to the voice of God – to the voice of the Good Shepherd, who is calling us into belonging – into the sheepfold.  This is the hard work of parents, especially.

This work is easier when we are younger since a child is naturally disposed to wonder.  Unlike ourselves, children are not nearly aware of the past or the future – they do not harbour grudges or carry the baggage of regret; they do not worry about what may or may not happen as a consequence of what action we may or may not decide to take.  Rather, our children teach us how to be present.  They teach us how to live in a moment aware of all that moment offers – and in doing so, they demand our attention so we may not miss it.

CLICK HERE for the readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter (Acts 2:14,36-41; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:20-25; John 10:1-10)

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