Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Easter
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me. (Gospel Antiphon, John 10:27)
Risen Lord, no matter how clearly You speak to us, it seems as if we are rarely speaking the same language. In our urgency to avoid being kept in suspense, we use Your words to excuse ourselves from obligation to You. We speak plainly from our heart to our mind, yet if uttered aloud our thoughts are exposed for what they are, an excuse to justify following our own voice.
You know us, and still choose to share all of Yourself with us, because the Father has given us to You. We resist believing that we are anyone's but our own; we do not want to be sheep. Look with pity on us, Lord, for we act as sheep without a shepherd, troubled, yes, but not abandoned by You.
Saint Peter Chanel and Saint Louis de Montfort, pray for us.