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Hearing the Voice of God

Background Music: Panalangin by Mark Anthony Cuevas
    Voiced by: Jona Valdez

April 23, Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Memorial of Saint Adalbert, bishop and martyr and Saint George, martyr
Daily Readings: Acts 11:19-26; John 10:22-30

Jesus' disciples spread the word of God to Jews and Greeks in various locations. In Phenice, Cyprus, and Antioch, numerous individuals found salvation in the Lord. They sent Barnabas to Antioch, where he assisted many more people in becoming believers.

Barnabas found Saul in Tarsus and brought him to Antioch. For a year, they instructed a sizable congregation in the church, and it was during this time that the disciples received their first Christian designation.

In today's gospel, a group of Jews who were not believers questioned Jesus. They wanted Jesus to reveal himself as the  Messiah but Jesus told them, “I speak to you, and you believe not; the works that I do in the name of my Father, they give testimony of me. But you do not believe it, because you are not one of my sheep. He emphasized, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”

During the communication process, a sender sends a message to the receiver. The receiver could only get the message if he or she listened attentively. In our lives, we need to be attentive to the voice of God. There are times when some people have what we call selective hearing. People try to edit all the encoded data coming in. They try to select the message that is most pleasing to their ears, and only respond to the message that they prefer.

But sometimes, because of this selective hearing, we miss the Lord's main message. We shut off our ears because we do not want to face the reality of life. It's not because of our hearing impairment; it's because of our pride. We reject dictation, scolding, involvement, and other forms of control. Whatever the reason, one thing is certain: We missed God's message.

Call to Action for Catholic Living: God invites us to hear and consider His message.
Lord, we pray to increase our capacity to listen to your voice so we can get your message to us. Amen.


Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a media platform of the Catholic Church, aims to share Christ. RVA started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local language, thus earning the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.”  Responding to the emerging context, RVA embraced media platforms to connect with the global Asian audience via its 21 language websites and various social media platforms.