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Fourth Sunday of Easter — May 8, 2022

Bishop’s Reflections

May 8, 2022

Every Sunday, Bishop Edward Malesic writes a Scripture reflection for the faithful. Follow the bishop on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Fourth Sunday of Easter — May 8, 2022

Jesus has a voice and he asks us to hear him. How privileged were those early disciples of Jesus who were with him and heard his physical voice? I often wonder what Jesus sounded like when he gave the great Sermon on the Mount or told the parables. Was he more of a tenor or a bass when he sang the psalms in the Jewish liturgies?

Jesus continues to speak to us in so many ways. We may not be able to hear his physical voice, but he continues to communicate to us through Sacred Scriptures, the teaching of his Church, and in the moments of prayer when he speaks to us heart to heart. Often, the voice of the Lord is heard through the good advice and wise direction of spiritual people who guide us.

Make no doubt about it, on this Mother’s Day, we know that sometimes the Lord spoke to us through our moms who guided us along the way, warning us of danger and urging us to do good. Thanks to all the women in our lives who were the instruments of the voice of Jesus.

Today in the Gospel of St. John, Jesus says, “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.”

If we listen to the voice of the Lord, and if we follow it, he will lead us to only good things. Yes, sometimes the journey through life will be difficult, but if we stay the course, with our ears bent to the voice of Jesus, our final destination will be the salvation of our souls and an eternity that is beyond our wildest imaginings.

Since it is Mother’s Day, here is a prayer for a mother found in Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers (Revised Edition).

Loving God,
as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children,so you watch over your Church.
Bless our mother.
Let the example of her faith and love shine forth.
Grant that we, her family, may honor her always with a spirit of profound respect.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Have a blessed week everyone!

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