The False Leader In Our Midst

John 10:11-16 on the memorial of St. Boniface, bishop and martyr. The Gospel today draws the contrast between the good and the bad, the authentic and false shepherd. The shepherd was absolutely responsible for the sheep. If anything happened to a single sheep, the shepherd had to produce some kind of proof that it wasContinue reading “The False Leader In Our Midst”

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Have You Been Vulnerable?

15 May 2011 4th Sunday of EasterActs 2:14-41; Psalm 23; 1 Pt 2:20-25; John 10:1-10 Salvador was dazed and disoriented. After being rounded up by the border patrol while driving, he was detained for a year because he couldn’t show them his legal papers. He was from Chihuahua, a state in Mexico, and crossed theContinue reading “Have You Been Vulnerable?”

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The Way Back

12 September 2010 24th Sunday in Ordinary TimeExodus 32, 7-14; Psalm 51; 1 Timothy 1, 12-17; Luke 15, 1-32 The readings today are about how the Lord finds us, the stray and the sinners. The Gospel zeroes in on two parables about finding the lost: the Good Shepherd who seeks out the lost sheep andContinue reading “The Way Back”

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The Wicked Shepherds

18 August 2010 Wednesday of the 20th Week in Ordinary TimeEzekiel 34, 1-11; Psalm 23; Matthew 20, 1-6 The readings today are parables of shepherding. In the section from the book of the prophet Ezekiel, God declares the end of the wicked shepherds. God entrusted shepherds to take care for Israel, but instead they malignedContinue reading “The Wicked Shepherds”

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Shepherds After His Own Heart

23 July 2010 Friday of the 16th Week in Ordinary TimeJeremiah 3, 14-17; Psalm: Jeremiah 31:10-13; Matthew 13, 18-23 The Lord says to Jeremiah that the people have been wicked and rebellious. He desires their return to Him. He hopes to gather His children again in His Temple. In order to fulfill this desire, HeContinue reading “Shepherds After His Own Heart”

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Napariwara ka na ba?

26 Abril 2010. Lunes ng ika-4 Linggo ng Pasko ng PagkabuhayActs 11, 1-18; Psalm 42; John 10, 1-10 Note: This article appears in Pandesal 2010: the bible diary of the Claretian Publications Pintuan ng kulungan ng mga tupa si Hesus. Kabilang sa Kanyang kawan ang sinumang pumapasok sa pintuang iyon. Magnanakaw at mga tulisan angContinue reading “Napariwara ka na ba?”

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The Good Shepherd as a Principle of Leadership

25 April 2010. Fourth Sunday of EasterActs 13, 14-52; Psalm 99; Revelation 7, 9-17; John 10, 27-30Our image of the Good Shepherd as a leadership principle traces its roots centuries ago in the Jewish history. Not without reason: the shepherd puts his life at stake for his flock. It was not easy to be aContinue reading “The Good Shepherd as a Principle of Leadership”

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Tugon sa Iisang Tinig

25 April 2010 Ika-4 na Linggo ng Muling PagkabuhayActs 13:14, 43-52; Psalm 100; Rev 7: 9, 14-17; John 10: 27-30Note: This article appears in Sambuhay today. Sambuhay is a publication of the Society of St. Paul. Alintana natin ang pagkawatak-watak ng sangkatauhan. Kitang-kita natin ang ating pagkakaiba ng kuro-kuro sa bawat pangyayari sa daigdig. Mulat-na-mulatContinue reading “Tugon sa Iisang Tinig”

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Naririnig Mo Ba ang Tinig ni Hesus?

25 Abril 2010. Ika-4 Linggo ng Pasko ng PagkabuhayActs 13, 14-52; Psalm 99; Revelation 7, 9-17; John 10, 27-30 Note: This article appears in Pandesal 2010, the bible diary of the Claretian Publications.May tinig ang bawat pastol na kilala ng mga tupa sa kawan. Noong mga panahon, madalas magkakahalo ang mga kawan ng iba. DahilContinue reading “Naririnig Mo Ba ang Tinig ni Hesus?”

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Do You Have What It Takes To Be President of the Country?

19 July 2009. Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary TimeJeremiah 23, 1-6; Psalm 22; Ephesians 2, 13-18; Mark 6, 30-34 Note: Filipino version in the previous post. In the history of the Jewish people, the shepherd was the image of leadership. It was not easy to be a shepherd during those times. They had to find greenerContinue reading “Do You Have What It Takes To Be President of the Country?”

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Bagay Ka Bang Maging Pinuno?

Ika-19 ng Hulyo 2009. Ika-16 Linggo sa Karaniwang PanahonJeremiah 23, 1-6; Psalm 22; Ephesians 2, 13-18; Mark 6, 30-34 Note: This Filipino version appears in today’s Sunday Sambuhay, a publication by the Society of St. Paul; missalettes for the Sunday liturgy. The English version is above. Sa kasaysayan ng mga Judio, ang pastol ang tinaguriangContinue reading “Bagay Ka Bang Maging Pinuno?”

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Being Shepherd and Being the Gate

3 May 2009. Fourth Sunday of EasterActs 4, 8-12; Psalm 118; 1 John 3, 1-2; John 10, 11-18 Our image of the Good Shepherd as a leadership principle traces its roots centuries ago in the Jewish history. Not without reason: the shepherd puts his life at stake for his flock. It was not easy toContinue reading “Being Shepherd and Being the Gate”

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Christ the King

23 November 2008 Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the KingEzekiel 34, 11-17; Psalm 23, 1-6; 1 Cor 15, 20-28; Matthew 25, 31-36 The Solemnity of Christ the King is celebrated at the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year. In the past, it was celebrated with pomp and pageantry. But today, many churches celebrate thisContinue reading “Christ the King”

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The Gatekeeper

13 April 2008 4th Sunday of EasterJohn 10:1-10 The Gatekeeper This Sunday is usually called the Good Shepherd Sunday. The readings and the responsorial psalm are about Jesus as a shepherd who takes particular and personal care for His flock. In the Gospel of John, Jesus used the image of the shepherd as a gatekeeper:Continue reading “The Gatekeeper”

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Changing the Image of the Good Shepherd

16 September 2007 24th Sunday in Ordinary TimeLuke 15, 1-10 Changing the Image of the Good Shepherd Many of us have a deep devotion to the Good Shepherd. This devotion springs from the many paintings and statues of the Good Shepherd who looks at his sheep with kindness — or who looks kind, sweet andContinue reading “Changing the Image of the Good Shepherd”

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