May 8, 2017
Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter
The Gospel Today
“I am the good shepherd.
A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
A hired man, who is not a shepherd
and whose sheep are not his own,
sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away,
and the wolf catches and scatters them.
This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep.
I am the good shepherd,
and I know mine and mine know me,
just as the Father knows me and I know the Father;
and I will lay down my life for the sheep.
I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold.
These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice,
and there will be one flock, one shepherd.
This is why the Father loves me,
because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.
No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own.
I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again.
This command I have received from my Father.”
REFLECTION (Sem. Peter Collin C. Crisostomo)
Whenever I hear the Gospel about the Good Shepherd, I am always reminded of a children’s story, The Boy Who Cried Wolf. In the story, the boy pranks the people around him. He jokingly shouts that a wolf is nearby and so the people clamours and gather only to find out that the boy is just pranking them. He does it twice but on the third time when a real wolf approaches, the people do not give attention to him anymore, believing that it is another prank. The boy in the story is an epitome of the hired man in the gospel. Aside from pranking, he made the people not to trust him anymore. He was left alone and so the sheep were all eaten up as well as he.
In today’s Gospel, I am reminded to imitate the Good Shepherd, who lays down His life for His flock. I am reminded of my past work, as a teacher. I always look at the good side of my students. Whenever there comes a time that it seems one of my students does not know where to go, I guide them to their right path. As a teacher, I act as their foster parent. I ensured that everything I did in my work was for their own benefit. Even though I have sleepless nights to prepare for the next day’s activity, I am still full of joy, hope and happiness after a day’s work because I know that I did my duty well and they benefited from it. Even if it is part of my duty, I need to put my heart on it, because if not, I will be like the hired man who does not put his heart in the flock and who has no care for the flock, but instead on the payment only.
God is really full of surprises. I thought being a seminarian will be just a dream but now it is not. I am following him and I hope that if before, I am the one who tended to my flock of students as a teacher, I am now one of those flock who follows the Good Shepherd. I hope that as I follow him, I will not go astray but instead be focused on Him and in Him alone.