The Gospel for Today
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Jn. 10: 27-30
“My sheep hear my voice;
I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.
No one can take them out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,
and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand.
The Father and I are one.”
Reflection (Sem. Daniel Voltaire Hui)
When I was a child, whenever my father saw us doing something wrong, he would always make a very distinct sound, and for us that was a signal of punishment. He would not call us by our name, instead he would just look at us and we must understand what he meant. I knew my father as such not, because I was used to being punished, rather I was very familiar with the actions that he did since I grew up under his guidance.
In the Gospel, Jesus shows how a shepherd and his sheep relate to each other. By mere voice of the shepherd the sheep will follow, and this only happens when one is familiar with the other and vice versa. It is not different to a human relationship; we only become familiar with other people when we open ourselves to a relationship. This is an action of Jesus that He wants us to imitate. He relates with His Father very well because of the kind of relationship that He lived. There is never a time that He disobeys His Father; and through obedience He is able to show how much He loves His Father.
As a point of reflection, it is good to know and ask ourselves, “how do we build relationships and where is our relationship rooted?” There are times when I use “reason” as a way of knowing someone, but I always fall short because there is more to people than “reason”. Our humanity can only be grasped through experience, and through relationship we experience a person.
the Eucharist bring me closer to her Son Jesus Christ who is the Eucharist Himself. Amen!