April 22, 2013

The Gospel for Today

Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Jn. 10: 1-10

Jesus said:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate
but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber.
But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.
The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice,
as he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
When he has driven out all his own,
he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him,
because they recognize his voice.
But they will not follow a stranger;
they will run away from him,
because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.”
Although Jesus used this figure of speech,
they did not realize what he was trying to tell them.

So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
I am the gate for the sheep.
All who came before me are thieves and robbers,
but the sheep did not listen to them.
I am the gate.
Whoever enters through me will be saved,
and will come in and go out and find pasture.
A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy;
I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”

Reflection (Sem. Marlon Landicho)

One of our professors in Theology mentioned that it was really amazing how the flock of sheep recognized the shepherd’s voice.  One of his companions tried to mimic the voice of the shepherd but the flock did not follow.  When it was the shepherd’s turn, the flock moved and followed him.

We are no different from this flock.  We recognize the voice of God calling us and inviting us to share His life with Him but sometimes, we often choose to become the lost sheep.  We try to move away from God by doing our own will.  We follow a different voice that often lead us to “catastrophe”.

But even if we move away, God continues to follow us and invites us to be with Him.  He never fails to answer our plea to be with Him again.  The only way to heaven is through Jesus.  It is only through Him that we can enjoy the green pastures that He promised to His flock.  We only have to hear His voice;  hear Him and follow Him.  We may have many distractions in our lives but His voice continues to linger within us.  We just have to silence ourselves to hear the sweetness of the God who calls us back to Him.

As we continue to celebrate Easter.  Let us not forget that God has already saved us through His Son.  The Paschal Mystery of Jesus is the greatest manifestation of His love for us.  We have been saved and we should now enjoy the fruits of salvation that God gave.  We have been blessed and His blessing is never ending.

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