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John 10:22-30

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It was the feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem; it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered round him and said to him, "How long will you 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 that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. 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."

John 10:22-30
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    • Perhaps I have sometimes felt like these people, wishing for a plain sign from God. Yet Jesus chooses to speak in parables instead of forcing assent through logic or argument. I consider how the freedom that Jesus respected in others is evident in my life and in how I deal with those around me – especially those who differ from me.
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    • The festival of Dedication was a celebration of light. But the Jews remain in the dark, blind to the mystery of Jesus. Like them, I too have my blind spots: the truth may be confronting me on some issue, but I close my eyes to it.
    • Jesus, if I am to be your true disciple I need to listen to your words. Draw me into the experience of loving intimacy which you so long for me.
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    • The Temple was of key importance to the Jews. They cherished it and died for it. They restored it when it was desecrated. Jesus is the new Temple - God’s presence among them. But the Jews will reject him. Why? Has God come too close? Lord, may I put you firmly at the heart of my life and believe that in meeting you I am meeting God.
    • Just as Jesus trusts that no one can snatch him from his Father’s hand, I too must trust that no one can snatch me from his hand. But therefore I must place myself in his hand. This is what true discipleship means.
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    • Jesus wants to lead us to safety, to the fullness of life. He wants us to listen to his voice. He waits for our time, to enter the space of our life which is his. Time with Jesus is never wasted, whether in listening to his word and mulling over it, or just being with him in peaceful silence. Prayer is the comforting relationship of a sheep to a shepherd, our relaxing into the mystery of being loved by God.
    • Sheep hear the voice of the shepherd and immediately go after the shepherd. They are true followers in the image of shepherd and sheep in the words of Jesus. The voice of Jesus is heard in prayer and in the reading his word; it calls us to follow with love knowing that we are totally safe in following him.
    • Jesus knows that those who have eyes to see will recognize the works he does and find faith in him. In our prayer, we watch him and listen to him, knowing in faith that we see and hear the Father. And this is what we desire.
    • I take time to receive the assurance that Jesus gives me, to realise that I am secure in the hands of God.
    • As the sheep recognises the voice of its shepherd, I look over these past days, listening for the word of God spoken to me through those around me, through my observations and experiences.
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    • Jesus wants to lead us to safety, to the fullness of life. He wants us to listen to his voice. He waits for our time, to enter the space of our life which is his. Time with Jesus is never wasted, whether in listening to his word and mulling over it, or just being with him in peaceful silence. Prayer is the comforting relationship of a sheep to a shepherd, our relaxing into the mystery of being loved by God.
    • Sheep hear the voice of the shepherd and immediately go after the shepherd. They are true followers in the image of shepherd and sheep in the words of Jesus. The voice of Jesus is heard in prayer and in the reading his word; it calls us to follow with love knowing that we are totally safe in following him.
    • Jesus knows that those who have eyes to see will recognize the works he does and find faith in him. In our prayer, we watch him and listen to him, knowing in faith that we see and hear the Father. And this is what we desire.
    • I take time to receive the assurance that Jesus gives me, to realise that I am secure in the hands of God.
    • As the sheep recognises the voice of its shepherd, I look over these past days, listening for the word of God spoken to me through those around me, through my observations and experiences.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Jesus wants to lead us to safety, to the fullness of life. He wants us to listen to his voice. He waits for our time, to enter the space of our life which is his. Time with Jesus is never wasted, whether in listening to his word and mulling over it, or just being with him in peaceful silence. Prayer is the comforting relationship of a sheep to a shepherd, our relaxing into the mystery of being loved by God.
    • Sheep hear the voice of the shepherd and immediately go after the shepherd. They are true followers in the image of shepherd and sheep in the words of Jesus. The voice of Jesus is heard in prayer and in the reading his word; it calls us to follow with love knowing that we are totally safe in following him.
    • Jesus knows that those who have eyes to see will recognize the works he does and find faith in him. In our prayer, we watch him and listen to him, knowing in faith that we see and hear the Father. And this is what we desire.
    • I take time to receive the assurance that Jesus gives me, to realise that I am secure in the hands of God.
    • As the sheep recognises the voice of its shepherd, I look over these past days, listening for the word of God spoken to me through those around me, through my observations and experiences.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Jesus wants to lead us to safety, to the fullness of life. He wants us to listen to his voice. He waits for our time, to enter the space of our life which is his. Time with Jesus is never wasted, whether in listening to his word and mulling over it, or just being with him in peaceful silence. Prayer is the comforting relationship of a sheep to a shepherd, our relaxing into the mystery of being loved by God.
    • Sheep hear the voice of the shepherd and immediately go after the shepherd. They are true followers in the image of shepherd and sheep in the words of Jesus. The voice of Jesus is heard in prayer and in the reading his word; it calls us to follow with love knowing that we are totally safe in following him.
    • Jesus knows that those who have eyes to see will recognize the works he does and find faith in him. In our prayer, we watch him and listen to him, knowing in faith that we see and hear the Father. And this is what we desire.
    • I take time to receive the assurance that Jesus gives me, to realise that I am secure in the hands of God.
    • As the sheep recognises the voice of its shepherd, I look over these past days, listening for the word of God spoken to me through those around me, through my observations and experiences.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Jesus wants to lead us to safety, to the fullness of life. He wants us to listen to his voice. He waits for our time, to enter the space of our life which is his. Time with Jesus is never wasted, whether in listening to his word and mulling over it, or just being with him in peaceful silence. Prayer is the comforting relationship of a sheep to a shepherd, our relaxing into the mystery of being loved by God.
    • Sheep hear the voice of the shepherd and immediately go after the shepherd. They are true followers in the image of shepherd and sheep in the words of Jesus. The voice of Jesus is heard in prayer and in the reading his word; it calls us to follow with love knowing that we are totally safe in following him.
    • Jesus knows that those who have eyes to see will recognize the works he does and find faith in him. In our prayer, we watch him and listen to him, knowing in faith that we see and hear the Father. And this is what we desire.
    • I take time to receive the assurance that Jesus gives me, to realise that I am secure in the hands of God.
    • As the sheep recognises the voice of its shepherd, I look over these past days, listening for the word of God spoken to me through those around me, through my observations and experiences.