St. Mary's Catholic Federation, Carshalton

St. Mary's Catholic Federation, Carshalton

Learning, Playing and Growing together in the Love of Jesus

Weekly Reflection

 

 

 

Are You Listening?

 

In this, the third of our Eastertide mini-series of reflections, we consider the relationship between God and His people, brought ever closer through Jesus’ resurrection.

 

Breathe deeply and relax as you focus on being truly present in this moment.

 

Today’s reading is from the Gospel of John 10: 27 - 30

 

Jesus said: “The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life; they will never be lost and no one will ever steal them from me. The Father who gave them to me is greater than anyone, and no one can steal from the Father. The Father and I are one.”

 

What a comforting image: Jesus, the good shepherd, ever faithful and attentive to the needs of His flock; we the sheep, listening to His guidance. The sheep don’t blindly submit, but rather enter a relationship of growth and trust. Consider for a moment the security, protection, love and care presented in this relationship.

 

Our instant recognition of the voice of a friend or family member often indicates our closeness and deep knowledge of that person. This close connection is comforting, but how well do we truly listen to each other and allow each other to grow? Just as you might appreciate the listening ear of a trusted friend, how could you offer the gift of truly listening this week?

 

God has deep knowledge of all of us; we only have to listen, trust and follow. Let’s listen again to the Gospel.

 

Jesus said: “The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life; they will never be lost and no one will ever steal them from me.”

 

The ability to truly listen and trust ourselves and others are characteristics of good leadership, as well as being essential elements in the success of a team. What role does listening have in your school community? Take a moment to reflect on how good listening and trust in one another, promotes an atmosphere where all members of the community are valued.

 

When people don’t feel listened to or valued, conflict and misunderstandings can arise. Let’s pray now for peace in places around the world where there is conflict.

 

Finally, let’s take a moment to privately offer any prayers on your heart for yourself, a family member, a friend, your school, a colleague, a pupil or their family.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

 

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,

 

world without end.

 

Amen.

 

Sacraments for 2022 

May

Faith-Filled Young People
We pray for all young people, called to live life to the fullest; may they see in Mary’s life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the dedication to service.