Think about those times in your life when you have felt inspired to something really great. Where does that inspiration come from?
The Holy Spirit. God inspires us to do great things with our lives.
----Matthew Kelly

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{Fourth Sunday of Easter} He's Right in Front of Us

When I first read the Gospel (John 10:1-10), I got hung up on all who come before me (John 10:8).  Who was Jesus talking about? Moses and Elijah? John? WHO??? If it were one of these, then why would he call them thieves and robbers? As I listened to the same Gospel being read during Mass, I realized I was over-thinking it.

I realized I was like the Pharisees who had to have Jesus “dumb it down” so they could understand. 

This was one Gospel where Jesus is right in front of us. He is the gate; he calls our names and we follow. He is the way to eternal life. He couldn't have said it any plainer. He tells us exactly what we must do to be with him forever. Just as sheep follow their shepherd, we have to stay focused on Jesus. There are too many outside forces calling out to us.  Those are the thieves and robbers, stealing our time and energy, making us lose our focus on what we know to be true. 

I'm guilty of listening to those voices. 

The voices are calling to me through social media and my work  after hours. They are robbing me of precious time. We are only here for a short while. We have to hear his voice and stay focused. 

I have to recommit.

Sometimes I feel as if I'm being pulled in 10 different directions. I've turned off my tv and have cut back on social media. I'm learning to really listen, and follow. Jesus is calling each of us by name; how awesome is that? He knows each of us by name!

We only have to listen . . . and follow.

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