4TH SUNDAY OF EASTER: THE GOOD SHEPHERD: JOHN 10:27-30

Today’s Gospel brings us the image of Jesus the Good Shepherd. The sheep follow the shepherd and they know the voice of the shepherd. The shepherd takes care of each and every sheep. Jesus knows each one of us, our needs, our merits, and our faults. Jesus loves us as we are, with all our limitations, brokenness, and our own sinfulness.

It is important for us to recognize the voice of Jesus as it comes to us in our daily lives through our brothers and sisters. In our Christian lives, the voice of Jesus can take many forms. Most of the time, it is in the voices of those people, who come into our daily lives. We have seen people battered by the storms of life and distracted by noises and voices influencing them to go the wrong way. When people are disturbed and confused, they will follow anyone, who will promise a moment of happiness and a short feeling of peace. But the call of the Good Shepherd is: “I am the way and the truth and the life.”

Today, we celebrate Mother’s Day. The Mother’s Day celebration always gets us so excited because it is such a blessing to be a mom and such a remarkable task to raise a child. We always remember our mothers’ sacrifices, commitments, and love for their children. Mothers are like sponges, constantly they are squeezing out their time, energy, affection, and their whole life is sacrificing for their children.

Recently, I read a meaningful Mother’s Day story: A man stopped at a flower shop to send some flowers to his mother, who lived two hundred miles away. He got out of his car and noticed a young girl in front of the flower shop and she was crying. He asked her what was wrong and she replied, “I wanted to buy a red rose for my mother, but I have only seventy-five cents, and the rose flowers cost two dollars.”

The man smiled and said. “Come on with me, I will buy a rose flower for you.” He bought the flower for this little girl and he ordered his mother flowers for Mother’s Day. As they were leaving from the shop, he offered the girl a ride back to her home. She said, “Yes please, you can take me to my mother.” She directed him to a cemetery, where she wanted to keep the rose on her mother’s grave.

The man returned to the flower shop with tears, canceled his order to send the flowers to his mother, instead he picked up the flowers, and he drove the two hundred miles to his mother’s house to wish her a happy Mother’s Day. This was one of the best gifts that mother could receive from her son: the loving presence of her son on this Mother’s Day!

This story tells us that the moral message is: Our loving presence is the greatest gift to give to our loved ones, more than any flowers or material gifts. Spend much time with your loving and caring people, and enjoy each moment with them before it is too late. There is nothing more important than family, especially our mothers! Let us remember and pray for all our mothers, whether they are alive or have gone to their eternal rewards. Motherhood is a noble vacation! The month of May is traditionally the month of Mary. Through Mary, the work of motherhood is glorified and sanctified. Offering all our mothers on the altar, let us sing today: “Gentle mother, peaceful dove, teach us wisdom, and teach us love.”