Voices and Voices

Voices and Voices

John 10:1-10
© Hilary F. Marckx, all rights reserved

Is this reading about heaven and hell,
inclusion and exclusion,
hope and despair,
streets of gold and eternal fires,
or is it about something more
characteristic of the nature
of a loving God?
I think it is about the latter…
I believe it is about our choosing
between being comforted,
or standing on our own;
between the God of gentle courage
or the craziness of
the many voices around and within us,
filling us with a despondent noise of
gloom, woe,
and anomie.
If we can say that hell is where God is not,
then we can say that the path to hell
lies in our choices to walk on our own
to the exclusion of various
and subtle ways
God manages to send grace our way.
The voice of the stranger,
in the metaphor of this scripture,
is the voice that offers no grace,
the voice that encourages us
to forget courage,
and to close our hearts
to the audaciousness of Easter.
And, of course then,
the question is this,
to which voice will we listen?


2 thoughts on “AND AS FOR THE SHEEP

  1. Awesome reminder of the thoughts which try to take our minds and actions where they should not go. Isaiah said: Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk ye in it.” The key to accepting the proper thoughts is the sense of clarity, the sensibility….however odd it may seem, and the peace that lands softly in your spirit regarding that fleeting thought.

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