Monday: 13th May, 2019

Reference text: John 10:1-10

John 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

A robber and a thief- while both in English appear to relate to the same thing, in law, there is a clear difference. In fact, there is clarity on definition, criteria and sentencing depending on whether one is presented to court as a thief or a robber. We might deem them equal, but a thief would say ‘I use stealth but the robber uses violence’. That single word is the key difference between these two.

Nonetheless, both share one characteristic: ‘taking what does not belong to you with the intention of permanently depriving another’. Hence, regardless of the approach, the final intent remains the same. We often go by the acclaim that ‘we are different’ and yes we are. In appearance, in taste, in personality, with our outlook of life; indeed, we are different. But amidst our differences, there surely are things we have or ought to have in common with others.

These words which I heard at a first communion Mass yesterday comes to mind:

  • God is our Father, Jesus is our brother, the Church is our mother and family, we are all brothers and sisters. Love is our rule’.

In spite of the many differences, we have some things in common as Christians. Let us therefore stay true to our Christian identity because it is only in living out this identity out that we will come to realise that amidst the many things that divides us, we have a stronger bond that ought to connect and unite us- the string called LOVE.


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