When you travel to a place you’ve never been to before, and you failed to ask the right person to tell you how to get there, it would help to travel with a navigator (that from a cellphone or an iPad or an independent device) which would supposedly direct you from your current location to your place of destination; from the “search for satellite” que, through out the “turning points”.
Along the navigation period, you would even be told to prepare to turn left or to turn right prior the distance of 300m, or to stay on a certain lane, or to make a U-turn until the device tells you that you have successfully arrived to your target place.
However, there are unexpected instances when you would fail to obey the “voice prompt” from your navigator because of some misleading or currently-changed road signs. At times, you may have mis-interpreted the direction and you may have advanced or delayed your turns. You kept on driving, but you suddenly thought of confirming if you’re on the right road, so you had to push your hazard light and stop to ask someone where the road is leading, only to find out that you’re already heading the wrong way.
In effect, because you wanted to make sure by then that you’re already heading the right way, you kept on pulling over just to confirm. At such consequence, some people may have been kind enough to advise the right road to take; some would even give you options, but some would be seemingly eager to give you directions which would cause you even more to get lost.
What you did not notice after all is that, your navigator kept on RE-ROUTING each time you make wrong turns. It has been so striving to guide you still and lead you to the right direction until you eventually found out that you no longer need to pull over because it has rerouted correctly and finally prompted that “you have arrived to your target destination.”
In life, there could be some instances when we are not so aware that we are already heading the wrong way. There could have been times when we should have done certain things since there are already signs that it is the right point, but due to some misinterpretations and misunderstandings, we suddenly take wrong turns because of swift mind-shifts. We would at times keep on gathering opinions before making decisions, but instead of getting to the right verdict, we abruptly lead ourselves to complications instead of solutions because we opted to consider wrong suggestions. We have already started making ourselves better, but out of the blue, somebody so influential in our life would comment that what we are doing is “korny” [hehe!] … so instead of pursuing for betterment, we fall back in dragging our feet back to our old-self once more.
What we do not notice after all is that, we have a human navigator who intend to propel our every action to save us from getting lost each time we make wrong turns. More often than not, we would tend to negate the effort of this person whom we push to the limits of sacrificing so much for us. We instead listen to the so-called “hired hand” in today’s gospel who makes us blinded with his “make believe” tactics; but would suddenly abandon us and run away when he sees that we will already suffer the consequence of our indecision because he doesn’t really care at all.
Just like Jesus in the gospel of John 10:11-18, who revealed that “He is the good shepherd who lays down His life for his sheep…”, what will survive of us when our intention to guide is persecuted, is none other but “love” — that which not only “survives” but also rises and bounces again and again while confirming that ALL IS WELL.
Despite the difficult task of being God’s marshal, may this gospel teach us NOT TO GIVE UP; instead, to listen attentively to God’s voice which would make us endure some more and tell our loved-ones:
”fret not, your Good Shepherd is just stickin’ around !”
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