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'My sheep hear my voice.' Sunday Reflections, 4th Sunday of Easter, Year C

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The Good Shepherd, Marten van Cleve GospelJohn 10:27-30 (NRSV, Catholic Ed., Canada) 
Jesus said: “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.” 'My sheep hear my voice' I know nothing about tending sheep and until I looked at the video above never quite understood the reality of the words of Jesus in today's gospel:  ‘My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me'.
An extraordinary example of the power of words is a story involvingFr Willie Doyle SJ, the army chaplain who was killed in 1917 in Belgium during the Great War. Some years before the War he was giving a retreat to a community of nuns in Ireland. He got a telegram on the last day from his Provincial Superior telling him to get back to Dublin immediately so that he could cat…

'Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.' Sunday Reflections, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati (6 April 1901 - 4 July 1925)
Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all. GospelMark 9:30-37 (New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition, Can,)  They went on from there and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know it;for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.”But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him. Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?”But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest.He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.”Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them,“Whoever welcomes one such child in my nam…