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Sunday, May 11, 2014

My Lord says ... John 10:1-10


1 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. 2 But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice. 5 But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.” 6 Although Jesus used this figure of speech, the Pharisees did not realize what he was trying to tell them. 7 So Jesus said again, 

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

A baby knows who his or her mother is.  By the sound of his or her mother’s voice, a baby tends to smile or become delighted at once. Then he or she likes to be cuddled and feel the warm embrace of a mother.  When time comes a baby grows up and becomes a kid, there will be changes in his or her behavior.  When a mother calls her child for  some reasons, the kid would intentionally hide for some reasons, too, as if he or she didn’t hear the mother called. The kid tends to be playful then. Then when the kid grows up and becomes a teenager, the more he or she becomes deaf to the parent’s call for some reasons, too.  At this stage, a teenager doesn't tend to be playful anymore. As an adult now, how many times have we played deaf to our parent’s call, especially when we are in the wrong path of our lives?  Oh, how I wish I should have listened to my mother's call before!


"I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord, my trust, O God from my youth. On you I depend my birth; from my mother's womb, you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds."

Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a

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