My Sheep Hear My Voice

My Sheep Hear My Voice

4th Sunday In Easter

“My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me …”

Every evening she could hear the newborn in the apartment next door cry and cry. The parents put the child to sleep alone in the dark. The baby cries for a long time; the exhaust­ed parents clearly are oblivious to their child’s anguish or are at a loss as to what to do.

What can or should she do? She’s not sure. Speaking to the parents might make what is just an annoying situation into something much worse.

So, in her struggle and anguish, she decides to pray.  And lo and behold; during her earnest prayer, God’s good grace inspires her to sing! Continue reading

Jesus The Good Shepherd

A Good Shepherd Sunday Homily

“… and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.  A stranger they will not follow, … for they do not know the voice of a stranger.”

A few years ago, the theology department at a major university hosted a church leader from central Europe. The Soviet Union had just come apart and the pastor’s country was emerging from a long dark night of Communist oppression into the first light of freedom. At a dinner for the pastor, guests were full of questions about what was happening in Europe and the former Soviet bloc. Continue reading