I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Reflection for April 18, Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter; John 10:1-10

Gospel: John 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.”
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There is a story of a poor family the husband had an ordinary low paying job and the wife was a simple housewife they had six (6) children. Because of the meager salary of the husband they could barely survive and they always borrow money from their relatives.

Despite of their poor financial standing this family was faithful to the church; they would always observe their Sunday obligation. The parents taught their children the values of the faith; the mother would always lead in the prayer of the Holy Rosary and the father would always be there to join them.

Eventually all of their children became very successful in their respective field of endeavors and they’ve given back the love and guidance that their parents gave them. Obviously the parents were Good shepherds for they brought their children to the gate of life that is the church.

Jesus in the gospel tells the crowd including the Pharisees that He is the good shepherd that desires only the best for them. Jesus also tells them that He is the gate of life but they did not believe Him.

It was said that:  “The proof of the pudding is in the eating” Thus unlike the Pharisees we know for a fact that Jesus is really our Good Shepherd. We believe and feel in our heart this declaration of  Jesus. He desires nothing for us but our wellbeing; we also know that He is our only gateway towards life beyond this world and without Him in our lives there would be no life beyond this world.

There are still many who do not know about Jesus as the Good Shepherd, there are still many who do not know that Jesus is the gateway to life beyond this world. Their gateway is the material things of this world and the lies and fleeting happiness that Satan offers them through this world.

Let us spread the word about the real Good Shepherd and Gateway no other than Jesus. – Marino J. Dasmarinas  

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