“My sheep hear my voice,” says the Lord; “I know them, and they follow me.”
Can you imagine a homilist only ever preaching upon the Gospel antiphon? Sacred Scripture is so rich and deep in presenting the Word of God to us that it’s certainly possible for a homilist to preach upon only the day’s Gospel antiphon. Today, the Church proclaims in this antiphon: “My sheep hear my voice,” says the Lord; “I know them, and they follow me.”
There are three distinct statements that the Lord makes here. First, He states: “My sheep hear my voice”; Second, that “I know them”; and third, that “they follow me.” Any one of these three could serve as matter for spiritual meditation. Or one could take any two of the three and compare and contrast them.
In holding up all three of these statements to the light of God’s Word, the role of the Lord’s “voice” seems to link them. The Shepherd calls to the sheep, whom He knows, by means of His voice. Thus they follow Him. Reflect simply, then, on the Lord’s voice: what does it sound like, what does it say, and what must we turn away from in order to hear it?