• Olivia M. Bannan



A reading of the holy Gospel according to John 10:22-30

The feast of the Dedication was taking place in Jerusalem.

It was winter.

And Jesus walked about in the temple area on the Portico of Solomon.

So the Jews gathered around him and said to him,

“How long are you going to keep us in suspense?

If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”

Jesus answered them, “I told you and you do not believe.

The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me.

But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep.

My sheep hear my voice;

I know them, and they follow me.

I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.

No one can take them out of my hand.

My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,

and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand.

The Father and I are one.”

REFLECTION: My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

My mother would always insist that I knew one of her friends from her "merienda club" or from church. She would describe where I would have known her or whose aunt or mother she was And until I told her "yes, I know them", she would not proceed with the story that involved her friend. She would continue convincing me that I knew her friend.

What crosses my mind when Jesus says, " I know them " ? Do I really believe that He knows me? Does He really remember me and what exactly does He know about me? Does He remember my sins, my shortcomings and my failings? Does He remember what I did and did not do? Do I get nervous thinking that He knows me?

When I know someone, I understand why they do and say things. When Jesus knows us, He knows our voices, our thoughts, our joys, worries and our anxieties. Here is the Son of God, saying He knows you and you will not be taken out of the Father's hand.

Just trust and follow Him. You will not be disappointed. We can anchor ourselves with hope, peace and calm to the One who has unfailing love for us.

God Bless You.

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