From today’s Gospel, from St John: ‘He who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens; the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice’.
St John Chrysostom said: ‘To him, He says, the doorkeeper opens; He continues in the metaphor to make the discourse more emphatic. … And if farther on He says that He is the door, we must not again be disturbed, for He also calls Himself Shepherd … Thus, when He brings us to the Father, He calls Himself a Door, when He takes care of us, a Shepherd; and it is that you may not suppose that to bring us to the Father is His only office, that He calls Himself a Shepherd. And the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep, and leads them out, and goes before them’.
Do we know His voice? Are we able to distinguish it from the many ‘voices’ that fill our minds? The Rule of our Holy Father St Benedict bids us to ‘Listen’, in the very first word of that text. It means to listen carefully and humbly, inclining ‘the ear of our heart’.
May we take the time to do this today as the psalmist says, ‘Today if you would hear His voice, harden not your hearts’. May God bless you as you undertake this most important task.