Fr. Serg Kabamalan, CJM
“My sheep hear my voice.” Our contemporary world with its advancement in technology has democratized access to information and communications. A greater majority of people can now get into internet and participate in the virtual world, making communication and exchange of ideas faster, giving hope toward a more participative and inclusive development.
There is a downside however. Not all information and knowledge are truthful and valid. Not all behavior in and outside the net are responsible and candid. More often than not, we hear people asserting “certitudes” backed by a general citation, “I read it on the internet.” If we are discerning, we will also realize that there are just too many competing “voices” and that there are among these “voices” those who have no intent but to lead one into submission, control and subjugation through lies, manipulation and intrigue. It is, after all, still a manifestation of age-old human lust for power, prestige and privilege now at work in a different venue while it continues to divide, set boundaries, discriminate and marginalize to ensure self interest.
The slick and the flashy may attract and grab attention to persuade if not to manipulate reality and public opinion. Eventually, however, the bare and naked truth comes out. We wake up to the reality that fake news and fake information has been influencing the way we think and make our choices. Lies peddled on flimsy basis eventually exude its stench, and expose these “voices” for what they truly are. Only the Voice of the truth, the Voice of the Shepherd, remains! This happens sometimes at a great cost, suffering and irretrievably lost opportunities!
Those who hold onto the Voice of the Shepherd follow him even if it is difficult, and their lives are forever transformed, and begin to live eternal life here and now, and into the yet. Those who were victimized by the lies are offered forgiveness, and a place back into the fold. Only the incorrigible perpetrators of lies and their willing victims remain in darkness to be surprised with unexpected suddenness in which justice and truth overtake them.
Today, the Good Shepherd Sunday, may the voice of Jesus Christ be heard to transform human hearts, families and societies!