Tuesday 5 May 2020

Today is Tuesday 5 May, in the fourth week of Easter.  

Ex Cathedra, directed by Jeffrey Skidmore, sing Dulce Jesus mio. “My sweet Jesus, look with mercy on my soul.” This is not the prayer of someone proud or haughty or self-satisfied, but of a person aware that they have weaknesses and shortcomings, aware that they cannot do without the help and the love and the mercy of God. Can you bring your own shortcomings to the Lord as you begin to pray today?  

Today’s reading is from the Gospel of John.  

John 10:22-30  

At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, ‘How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.’ Jesus answered, ‘I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.’  

In this reading, we hear the people ask the question, “How long will you keep us in suspense? They feel something is being kept from them. They want answers. How does the mood of the crowd compare with your feelings at this time? Do you have a sense of waiting for answers to your own questions? Share these feelings with the Lord now, trusting that he is listening.  

Jesus is not who these people expect so they don’t recognise him. Jesus calls to his own to know him and be with him. How does this make you feel? Perhaps you feel that Jesus is keeping you “in suspense”? Perhaps you feel that the pandemic has raised questions about the depth of your relationship with Jesus.  

As you listen to the reading again allow these feelings to speak. Take some time to allow Jesus to call you to him, “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.”

In your prayer, consider how you may follow Jesus this day.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.