From today’s Gospel, from St John: ‘My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one’.

St Augustine said: ‘As I have already charged you, beloved, you ought steadfastly to bear in mind that Saint John the Evangelist would not have us be always nourished with milk, but fed with solid food. Still, whoever is hardly able as yet to partake of the solid food of God’s word, let him find nourishment in the milk of faith; and the word which he cannot understand, let him not hesitate to believe. For faith is the deserving: understanding, the reward’.

May our faith continually be enkindled by the words of the Gospel, which bring Our Lord so close. May He draw very near to you this day, and bless you richly.