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May 11, 2014 (4th Sunday of Easter“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » and MotherA Poem for all Mothers. Read more ... »’s Day)
We celebrate today the Mother’s Day. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
No one deserves a special day all to herself more than today’s Mom. A cartoon showed a psychologist talking to his patient: “Let’s see,” he said, “You spend 50 percent of your energy on your job, 50 percent on your husband613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... » and 50 percent on your childrenJesus is Missing!. Read more ... ». I think I see“I was Blind, Now I See”. Read more ... » your problem” (sermonillustrations.comThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »). Indeed, mothersMother’s Value Far Exceeds the Finest Jewels. Read more ... » work too much to give lifeCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » to their familyJesus is Missing!. Read more ... ».
Do you knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » when and how the celebrationMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » of Mother’s Day started?
AnnaJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... » M. Jarvis (1864-1948) first suggested the national observance of an annual day honoring all mothers because she had loved her own mother so dearly. At a memorial serviceGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » for her mother on May 10, 1908, Miss Jarvis gave a carnation (her mother’s favorite flowerJesus is Missing!. Read more ... ») to each person who attended. Within the next few years, the idea of a day to honor mothers gained popularity, and Mother’s Day was observed in various large cities in AmericaIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... ».
On May 9, 1914, by an act of US Congress, PresidentMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. He established the day as a timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » for “public expression of our loveWhat is the Greatest Commandment?. Read more ... » and reverence for the mothers of our country.” By then it had become customary to wear white carnations to honor departed mothers, and red to honor the living, a custom that continues to this day (sermonillustrations.com).
Carnations have comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » to represent Mother’s Day since Anna Jarvis delivered 500 of them at the first celebration in 1908. Many religious“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » services held later adopted the custom of giving away carnations. This also started the custom of wearing a carnation on Mother’s Day.
The founder, Anna Jarvis, chose the carnation because it was the favorite flower of her mother. In part due to the shortage of white carnations, and in part due to the efforts to expand the sales of more types of flowersMother’s Value Far Exceeds the Finest Jewels. Read more ... » in Mother’s Day, florists invented the idea of wearing a red carnation if your mother was living, or a white one if she was deadJesus is Missing!. Read more ... »; this was tirelessly promoted until it made its wayThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... » into the popular observations at churches (Wikipedia.comThree Important Roles of Christ’s Disciples. Read more ... »).
The GospelDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... » passage for today tells us that JesusI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » ChristBear Jesus’ Yoke to Unburden Your Yoke. Read more ... » is both the gate/door and the shepherdThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » (10:7, 11). To understand why Jesus told that, and to know the meaning of that, let’s study the cultural context of caring for sheepThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » in First Century Palestine (now IsraelA Caregiver Wows Israel's X Factor; UK Wows For This Pinoy. Read more ... »). Let’s look at this picture as an illustration of what I am saying“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » here.
In order to provide protectionJesus Prays for Glory and His Disciples’ Protection. Read more ... » at night, shepherds would work together to clear an area of stones. They would use the stones to build an enclosure or fence to keep out predators like wolves. The enclosure would have one opening for the sheep, and their shepherds to get in and out.
At night one of the shepherds would lie down in the opening. He would literally become the door to the enclosure. No sheep could get out without stepping across the body of the shepherd. If a wolf wanted to get at the sheep, it had to go through the shepherd.
When the morning came, each shepherd would call his flock. When the sheep heard the call of their shepherd and their shepherd only, they came out. They followed their shepherd by listeningGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » for his voiceMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... ». By working with the sheep out in the pasture all day and talking to them, the sheep came to know the voiceA Caregiver Wows Israel's X Factor; UK Wows For This Pinoy. Read more ... » of their shepherd. They would not follow any other voice (JamesThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » T. Batchelor).
Let’s watch this videoMitoy to Ellen's Show?. Read more ... » as an example of shepherd’s calling“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » of his sheep.
(VIDEO ON SHEPHERD’S CALLING)
The first part of our Gospel passage today explains that the shepherd knows his sheep and the sheep know their shepherd. The shepherd calls them in their names and leads them—meaning he knows them deeply and the sheep know their shepherd. “The sheep follow him because they recognize his voice. They will never follow a stranger, but will run away from him because they do not recognize the voice of strangers” (10:4-5).
To use this passage in our situation, the shepherd is the pastorProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » and the sheep are the church members. The pastor is supposed to know his members, and the members know their pastor. They don’t follow other pastors since they recognize their shepherd. The passage does not say, follow your shepherd on Sundays, and follow other shepherds on Saturdays or other days! The passage seems invoking loyalty“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » to the shepherd and to the flock that he represents.
Now let’s study the three (3) deeds that show the intentions of the shepherd and the thiefJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... ». Jesus reveals “The thief comes only to steal, slaughter, and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (10:10). If we are going to read his figure of speech, and his explanation, the wolves are the thieves (v.12)! The thieves are those people who try to steal something from somebody or someone. He is not satisfied with stealing he also kills and destroys them. However, Jesus gives“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » life abundantly and he also gives freedom.
Verse 10 says…
1. The Thief Steals: The Shepherd Gives (v.10).
The wolves or predators in the night use the darkness and weakness of the sheep. They attack them when the shepherd are sleepingThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » due to long day of shepherding work. Nowadays there are many kinds of wolves. Wolves that steal our faithI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... ». Media is also a kind of wolf, since it steals our time for GodA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... », it steals our time for serving God, and it steals real social networking. Further, some pastors act like wolves since they also steal the members of other churches.
However, the goodThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... » shepherd gives. He is not thinking of himself but he is giving away his life for the sake of others. Jesus says “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (v.11, 15). Jesus gave himself up for the salvationA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » of humankind. That’s the whole messageDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... » of Holy Week.
2. The Thief Takes Life: The Shepherd Gives Life Abundantly (v.10).
The wolf takes life of the sheep so that he could have life. However, the good shepherd is willing to give his life for his sheep. Jesus compared the good shepherd with the hired worker. He says,
“The hired worker, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... », deserts the sheep, and runs away. So the wolf snatches them and scatters them, because he is a hired worker, and the sheep don’t matter to him. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the FatherJesus Prays for Glory and His Disciples’ Protection. Read more ... » knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep” (vv.12-15).
The life of the sheep then is abundant since they would not die in a short period of time due to predators’ stealing. The Greek“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » perissos may mean superabundant in quantity or superior in quality. Referring to sheep, they are abundant—meaning longer life, and have quality or healthy life!
Thus, for us believersHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... », the good shepherd gives us longer life and quality life. Abundance does not mean we will become rich and famous when we believeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » in Jesus. It is not our privilege, it is a graceThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » of God.
3. The Thief Comes to Destroy: Jesus Comes to Give Freedom (vv.9-10).
Jesus says, “I am the gate. If anyone enters through me, he will be saved. He will come in and go out and find pasture” (v.9). Jesus categorically tells his disciples“It is Finished!”. Read more ... » that the thief comes to destroy, but the true shepherd comes to give freedom.
The phrase “in and go out” may mean that his sheep has freedom unlike those who are encaged that they don’t know “the door” of freedom. Freedom is the completionThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... » of life, our life is abundant when we have freedom! That’s why he says “I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (v.10). Indeed the shepherd gives life of freedom but the thief comes to destroy our freedom.
Jesus is indeed our model of being good shepherd since he gave up his life for us. He sacrificed for us, and he gave us salvation and freedom from sin.
Basketball Superstar Kevin Durant received his first MVP AwardWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » on May 06, 2014 in Edmond, Oklahoma.
During his speech he narrated his experience to the press: “One of the best memories I had is when we moved into our first apartment, no bed, no furniture, and we just all sat in the living room and hugged each other, ’cause that’s when we all thought we made it.”
Then he told to his mother, Pratt, “You made us believe, kept us off the street. Put clothesWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » on our backs, food on the table. When you didn’t eat, you made sure we ate. You sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP.” When the people heard it, they stood up and applause. (cbsnews.com).
Indeed Durant’s mother is a real MVP—Most Valuable Parent! The most valuable mother for Durant! Like Jesus as the good shepherd, Durant’s mother sacrificed and gave life for her children. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!