My friend John made an interesting statement this morning. He said that because he has been busy lately he hasn't followed the news and social media for the last four days. I was a little surprised because John usually pays a good bit of attention to the "media" that is so readily available through modern technology. I asked him how it felt and he said, "Great! The world isn't such a bad place." I agree with him and to be honest I instituted my own media filters some time ago in an effort to minimize the number of voices I hear.
In this week's Gospel we hear a voice we all need to be listening to:
Jesus said: "Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber. But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice. But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers." Although Jesus used this figure of speech, the Pharisees did not realize what he was trying to tell them.
So Jesus said again, "Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly." John 10:1-10
Thanks to one of the positive aspects of technology I can actually share my voice with you on this topic.