April 28, 2015
by Andy Gleason

Creighton University's Institute for Latin American Concern
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Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Lectionary: 280

Acts 11:19-26
Psalm 87:1B-3, 4-5, 6-7
John 10:22-30

Celebrating Easter

Today's Easter Prayer

In today’s Gospel reading we see that Jesus’ words are not enough to convince the skeptics that He is Christ.  Jesus proclaims: 

The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me.
But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep.
My sheep hear my voice

I am immediately drawn to the imagery of active listening.  The Gospel reading illustrates how the skeptics are not listening carefully to Jesus’ words, nor are they attentive to His works. Kay Lindahl, author of Listening: A Sacred Art and a Spiritual Practice, states: “to become a listening presence we need to prepare – not only to listen to others, but also to listen to ourselves and to listen to God.”  Let us believe in His works and embody Him as we journey through life. 

Let us take time to recognize Jesus for all of his glory, and to listen carefully so that we may follow in his footsteps. “Listening is more than hearing words, and more than an act; it’s an art. What do we mean by the word art? At-oneness. Those times when we are fully present with whatever we are doing are times of oneness. Some people call them holy moments.” (Kay Lindahl)  I encourage us all to be "at-oneness" with ourselves, with our neighbors, and most importantly with God. 

As we begin our day, let us take a moment to reflect on today's readings.  Let God grant us patience to listen intently and to understand his presence in our lives more fully.  Let us not waiver in our faith, and let us express our faith lovingly to our brothers and sisters.


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