Recognising the voice of God
John 10: 22-30 (NRSVA)
22 At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, ‘How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.’ 25 Jesus answered, ‘I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; 26 but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand. 30 The Father and I are one.’
What did Jesus sound like? When he was incarnated in a human earthbound form.
Did he speak quickly or slowly?
Was he deadpan or animated?
Subtle or dramatic?
A high pitched flute or a deep baritone?
Musical or gravelly?
Sweet or gruff?
Did he have an upward inflection?
Or a singsong lilt?
Was he loud or quiet?
Measured or rushed?
Did he ever mumble or mutter?
Did he sigh heavily or clear his throat to get an audience?
However you spoke then,
we trust that you speak now
Help us tune in to the voices around us
to treat them with care.
Guide us also in picking out your voice that is calling to us.