John 10: 22-30 v 27 “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”
It was winter, Jesus was in the Temple in Jerusalem. The people surrounding Him asked “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” Jesus frustratingly replied “But you don’t believe me because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me”. The Father and I are one.
My children taught my grandchildren sign language. At about a year old they were able to sign, more, please, all done. To those of us aware of the signs and looking for them at the appropriate time it really helped identify when they wanted something and when they did not. I was not sure how it would affect their learning of language, so I looked up some articles and found that signing helped with language development as they were aware of the connection between a sign and an action. However, you must know the signs to see them. A small child rubbing his tummy what is that about? It is the sign for please.
How often do we see the signs of God working in this world? From a fantastic sunset to a warm spring day. From the unexpected call of a friend when we needed cheering up. From the stranger who picks up something you left behind and returns it to you. To see these signs, you have to be like a sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” Just as signing leads to language development so listening to Jesus’s words in the bible deepens our faith and we are more aware of God around us.
Prayer: Holy Father thank you for understanding that we are slow to respond to the signs of your love around us. That you are patient as we listen to the words of your son Jesus that you are one. Amen