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Mass prep – 3 point / 30 seconds: How does Jesus speak today?

The Good Shepherd, fresco, Catacomb of Callixtus

Photo by DeAgostini / Getty Images

ITALY - CIRCA 2002: The Good Shepherd, fresco, Catacomb of Callixtus, Rome. Italy, 3rd century AD. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

Fr. Paweł Rytel-Andrianik - published on 05/07/22

Let's look at four main ways God speaks to us.

The Gospel for this Sunday is John 10:27-30.

1 How to hear Jesus?

The Gospel talks about listening to the voice of Jesus. But we often wonder how Jesus speaks in our days. Apparently, He speaks every day and in many ways. Let’s look at four main ways God speaks to us.

2 Key Words 

My sheep hear my voice, I know them.

The Bible is the first and most important channel of communication between God and a person because it was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. After reading the Scriptures in church, the author’s signature is given: This is the Word of God.

Jesus founded the Church to proclaim the good news and to continue His mission on earth. Thus, the second source of knowing the voice of Jesus is the magisterium, or teaching of the Church. It helps us to evaluate often complicated situations because it analyzes them in the light of Scripture and the centuries-old tradition of the Church.

The Lord Jesus also speaks through private revelations that are approved by the Church. Although they are not necessary for salvation, they can contribute much to our lives. An example of this is the Diary of St. Sister Faustina, in which she recorded her dialogues with Jesus. It is available in its entirety on the internet here.

As God used to speak through prophets, now He speaks through other people. And these can often be people close to us, friends or strangers. It is just a matter of discerning the voices that come to us.

3 Today

“Faith is born of listening,” says St. Paul. This is the key to a happy life, because God wants us to be happy. So how do I listen to Jesus?

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