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Liturgical day: Sunday 4th (B) of Easter

Gospel text (Jn 10,11-18): «I am the good shepherd. I know my own and (...) I give my life for my sheep». Jesus said, «I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. Not so the hired hand or any other person who is not the shepherd and to whom the sheep do not belong. They abandon the sheep as soon as they see the wolf coming; then the wolf snatches and scatters the sheep. This is because the hired hand works for pay and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, as the Father knows me and I know the Father. Because of this I give my life for my sheep.

»I have other sheep that are not of this fold. These I have to lead as well, and they shall listen to my voice. Then there will be one flock since there is one Shepherd. The Father loves me because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down freely. It is mine to lay down and to take up again: this mission I received from my Father».

Illustration: Fr. Lluís Raventós Artés

Today we hear the “Parable of the good shepherd”. In order to explain God's love to us, Jesus uses parables: They are small narrations that, with images taken from human life (the shepherd, the doctor, the vineyard grower…), they speak to us about what God is like.

—A shepherd is good if, when the wolf comes, he does not flee: he confronts the wolf and defends his sheep. The good shepherd is willing to lay down his life for the sheep. That is what Jesus Christ did by giving His life on the Cross!