The Sheep’s Gate

John 10: 1-10
Acts 11:1-18 / Psalms 42, 43

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.
(John 10:8)

When he beckons me to follow Him
I shall not sit around and wait;
Ere my steps falter, my sight grows dim,
Lead me, my Shepherd to Your gate.

Jesus told His listeners: “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.” (Jn.10:1-4) Jesus also said, “Amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep… Whoever enters through me will be saved.” (Jn.10:7,9)

Reflection

How do we know if someone who proclaims the way to Jesus and to the Father is a false prophet, whose only motivation is his own enrichment at the expense of his deluded followers? It’s quite simple. Observe his lifestyle. Does he live simply, and sacrifice much in imitation of our Lord Jesus? Or does he go around bristling with bodyguards in big expensive vehicles, and live in palatial homes? Mother Teresa, founder of the Missionaries of Charity, established hundreds of orphanages and nursing homes for the poor, and travelled all over the world to promote love, peace and the Gospel ideals of Jesus, but for all the millions of dollars she generated for charity, she remained poor and humble until the day she died.

Who are these thieves and robbers who have lured many souls into their churches? You can see them on cable tv, exhorting their followers to be more generous in their tithes so that “God’s blessings will pour upon them.” Surely the true Shepherd does not fleece His sheep. One of them even claims to be “one with the Father”, and is plainly propagating a cult, the way his mesmerized followers seem to be adoring him.

How can so many people be deceived by these charlatans who profess to be God’s shepherds? This can only be explained by the words of our Lord Himself: All who came (before me) are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. Those who listen to them and follow them are not from the sheepfold of our Lord. Only those who listen to the true Shepherd are His sheep, and they are saved.

Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come. (Psalm 23:6) Amen.

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