Speak Lord

4th Sunday of Easter May 8, 2022
1st Communion, Mother’s Day
Acts 13: 14, 42-52; Ps 100; Rev 7:9, 14b-17; Jn 10:27-30

“My sheep hear my voice, and they will follow me.” 
Every Sunday we hear the voice of Jesus
And He is constantly calling us to come closer to Him.

Children can naturally tune into the voices of their parents
They can distinguish the voice of their father and mother from others
Like sheep who hear the voice of the shepherd.

I get comments about my voice and my laugh often
But if you want to get my children's attention  
Their mother just needs to whistle
I have seen her whistle at the kids in a gym full of people
Their heads turn, and they immediately begin to look for her

Mothers are a blessing.
The love Jesus had for his mother can be seen at the Wedding Feast at Cana
When he listened to his mother
We also see his love for her on the cross
When he entrusted her to the care of the beloved disciple 

Today is a day full of blessings
It’s Mother’s Day and it’s also the day we celebrate First Holy Communion 
What a special day.
Our families are here to celebrate both of these special moments in our lives
Our families are here to celebrate our faith

Fr. Anthony said this in a homily last Wednesday and it stuck with me.
Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters and cousins…
“The most important thing you can do is share your faith with your family.” (Fr. Anthony weekday homily)

“The most important thing you can do is share your faith with your family.” (Fr. Anthony weekday homily)

Your children will hear your voice…

Now for you who are about to receive First Holy Communion
I want to tell you a story

There once was a young boy named Samuel
His family had dedicated him to God and he lived with the priest
He lived with the priest in the temple… kind of like a church
He slept in the place where the arc of God was kept… 
One night the Lord called Samuel
Samuel thought it was the priest calling and went to him and said “Here I am”

The priest was asleep
He told Samuel that he didn’t call him and to go back to sleep

Samuel went back to sleep
And again the Lord called him
Samuel went back to the priest and said “Here I am”
The priest said that he didn’t call Samuel and to go back to sleep

Samuel went back to sleep
And the Lord called him a third time
Samuel got up again and went to the priest and said
“Here I am. You called me.”

The priest finally figured out that the Lord was calling Samuel
So, he told Samuel to go to sleep, and if he was called again to reply.

“Speak Lord for your servant is listening”

Samuel went back to sleep
And the Lord called out as before
“Samuel, Samuel!
Samuel answered, “Speak, for your servant is listening”
And the Lord spoke to Samuel…

Jesus the Good Shepherd is constantly calling us to himself
We are his sheep
And his sheep can hear his voice…

In the quiet of the night
In the peace of Communion
In the depth of our heart
He is calling our name

Don’t be afraid to listen
Don’t be afraid to answer

“Speak Lord, your servant is listening.” 

About dwinger

Former farmer, now college instructor
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