What do I do when my experience contradicts what Jesus says?
Gospel Reading: John 10:1-10
For Sunday, May 15 , 2011: Year A – Easter 4
Jesus says the sheep will recognize the voice of the shepherd.
Jesus says we will recognize the voice of God speaking to us in the world.
That God will be with us.
Jesus says the sheep will run from the voice of a stranger.
Jesus says we will run from the voice of the bandits in the world.
Jesus says we will not listen to the thieves and the bandits.
Jesus says the thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy.
Jesus says he comes that we my have life.
That we will be fully alive.
I say this is not true. I say there are people begging to hear the voice of God, calling them to come through the gate, to the pasture, but they don’t. Maybe can’t? I say I cannot hear Jesus’ voice calling me and that I have listened to the thieves and the bandits so many times, felt like I was being ripped off, that I was dying, being destroyed.