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Liturgical day: Monday 4th (B & C) of Easter

Saints April 23rd: George, martyr

Gospel text (Jn 10,1-10): «He calls each of his sheep by name and leads them out». Jesus said: «Truly, I say to you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. But the shepherd of the sheep enters by the gate. The keeper opens the gate to him and the sheep hear his voice; he calls each of his sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them and the sheep follow him for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, rather they will run away from him because they don't recognize a stranger's voice». Jesus used this comparison, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

So Jesus said, «Truly, I say to you, I am the gate of the sheep. All who came were thieves and robbers, and the sheep did not hear them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved; he will go in and out freely and find food. The thief comes to steal and kill and destroy, but I have come that they may have life, life in all its fullness».

Illustration: Mr. Josep Lluís Martínez i Picañol (Picanyol)

Today, again, Jesus Christ tells us that God is our father. And like all the fathers in the world, He calls each one of us by our own name. To Him we are not merely one of many. Jesus also warns us of false shepherds: they are those that do not tell us the truth or set a good example. But Jesus defends us from the “wolves”.

—In life we will come across thieves and robbers: we ought not to listen to them. —Jesus, I want to hear you; You are the door to heaven.