The fourth Sunday of Easter, which we celebrate today, is dedicated to Jesus the Great Shepherd. The Gospel states that: “The sheep hear his voice, as he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out” (Jn 10: 3). The Lord calls us by name, He calls us since He enjoys us. But, the Gospel then informs us, there are other voices, not to be followed: those of complete strangers, thieves and brigands who mean harm to the sheep.These different voices resonate within us. There is the voice of God, who speaks kindly to the conscience, and there is the tempting voice that causes evil. How can we identify the voice of the good Shepherd instead of that of the thief, how can we differentiate the motivation of God from the recommendation of the evil one? One can find out to discern these two voices: they speak two

various languages, that is, they have opposite methods of knocking on the door of our hearts. They speak different languages. Simply as we understand how to identify one language from another, we can also identify the voice of God from the voice of the evil one. The voice of God never ever requires us: God proposes Himself, He does not enforce Himself. Instead, the wicked voice seduces, attacks, forces:

it excites dazzling illusions, emotions that are tempting but transient. Initially it flatters, it makes us believe that we are all-powerful, however then it leaves us empty inside and accuses us:”You deserve absolutely nothing”.

The voice of God, rather, corrects us, with fantastic persistence, but always encourages us, consoles us: it always nourishes hope. The voice of God is a voice that has a horizon, whereas the voice of evil leads you to a wall, it backs you into a corner. Another difference. The voice of the opponent sidetracks us from the present and desires us to focus on worries of the future or sadness about the past– the opponent does not want the present– it brings to the surface area the bitterness, the memories of the wrongs suffered, of those who have injured us, lots of bad memories. Instead, the voice of God speaks with the present:”Now you can do excellent, now you can exercise the imagination of love, now you can renounce the regrets and remorse that hold your heart captive”. It influences us, it leads us ahead, but it speaks in the present: now. Once again: the two voices raise different concerns in us. That which comes from God will be:” What benefits me?”Instead the tempter will firmly insist on another concern:”What do I feel like doing?”What I

feel like: the wicked voice constantly revolves around the ego, its impulses, its requirements, everything immediately. It is like the temper tantrums of a kid: everything, and now. The voice of God, rather, never ever guarantees delight at a low cost: it invites us to exceed our ego to discover the real great, peace. Let us remember: evil never ever provides us peace, it triggers craze first and leaves bitterness later on. This is the style of evil. The voice of God and that of the tempter, lastly, speak in different”environments”: the enemy chooses darkness,

fraud, and gossip; the Lord enjoys sunlight, reality, and sincere openness. The enemy will state to us: “Close yourself up in yourself

, besides no-one comprehends and listens to you, do not rely on anybody! “Goodness, on the contrary, invites us to open, to be clear and relying on in God and in others.

Dear siblings and sis, in this time numerous thoughts and worries lead us to turn inwards into ourselves. Let us take notice of the voices that reach our hearts. Let us ask ourselves where they originate from. Let us request the grace to

identify and follow the voice of the great Shepherd, who brings us out of the enclosures of selfishness and leads us to the pastures of true liberty. May Our Lady, Mom of Good Counsel, guide and accompany our discernment.

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The fourth Sunday of Easter, which we celebrate today, is dedicated to Jesus the Great Shepherd. The Gospel states that: 'The sheep hear his voice, as he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out' (Jn 10: 3). The Lord calls us by name, He calls us...