Posted May 13, 2014 by FLL Editorial Team in
 
 

My Sheep Hear My Voice

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.”
John 10:22-30

In today’s Gospel, the Jews wanted our Lord to say, “I am the Christ.” Perhaps, as they only thought of the Messiah in a human way, having failed to discern His divinity in the Prophets they wanted Christ to confess Himself the Messiah, of the seed of David; that they might accuse Him of aspiring to the regal power. Jesus saw that they were not those for whom He had bought eternal life, at the price of His blood. The sheep believe, and follow the Shepherd.

After He had said, “You are not of My sheep,” He exhorts them to become such: “My sheep hear My voice.” i.e. Obey My precepts from the heart. “And I know them, and they follow Me,” here by walking in gentleness and innocence, hereafter by entering the joys of eternal life. This is the pasture of which He spoke before And shall find pasture. Eternal life is called a goodly pasture: there no blade withers— all is green and flourishing. But these cavilers thought only of this present life. “And they shall never perish:” you may hear the undertone, as if He had said to them, “You shall perish for ever, because you are not of my sheep.”

And He adds why they do not perish: “Neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.” Of those sheep of which it is said, The Lord knows them that are His, what can a wolf, thief, and robber do? Christ is confident of their safety; and He knows what He gave up for them.

But how then did Judas perish? Because he did not continue to the end. Christ speaks only of them who persevere in His teachings. If any sheep is separated from the flock, and wanders from the Shepherd, it incurs danger immediately.

參考 References:
Catena Aurea (St. Thomas Aquinas)
Explanations on the Gospel (St. Theophylact of Ochrid)
(St. Alcuin of York)
Tractate 48 on the Gospel of John (St. Augustine)


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