The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
Today's readings declare the role of Our Father, shepherding us through our life as our protector and guide.
A seasoned detective will spend most of his time investigating a crime scene in silence with his eyes, and ears alert to clues that an earlier cursory search by his colleagues overlooked. The senses provide us with their responses to all that appears before us as stimuli. Despite all the advances in scientific research over the past eighty years assisting police forensic teams, there is an awareness among many detectives with years of experience that for all the wonders of modern technology, there is no substitute for the gut instinct of a skilled police officer.
“When you reach the end of what you should know, you will be at the beginning of what you should sense.”― Kahlil Gibrán
Instinctive extrasensory perception is that spontaneous understanding flowing from within our conscious awareness, that the answer to the dilemma facing us is waiting for us to acknowledge its input, by acting on its guidance.
The intuitive influence on our choices can often appear irrational in the face of all that our senses inform us, is a better choice by ignoring that overpowering influence emerging from within providing us with an alternative road.
“I believe in intuitions and inspirations...I sometimes FEEL that I am right. I do not KNOW that I am.”― Albert Einstein
The Good Shepherd speaks to us in many ways through dreams, through synchronistic fortuitous accidents, through inspirational words appearing before us when reading a book. We will simply know, when that moment arrives, inviting us to do all that is asked of us. Tuning in can often be an exercise in trust, in that which appears in our thoughts out of the blue, so to speak.
23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
~ John 14