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Fourth Sunday of Easter

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Gospel text (Jn 10,11-18): "I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and (...) I will lay down my life for the sheep." Jesus said: “I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them. This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep.

I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd. This is why 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 on my own. I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again. This command I have received from my Father.”

Illustration: Fr. Lluís Raventós Artés

Today we hear the "Parable of the good shepherd". Jesus uses parables to explain the Love of God,: they are short stories taken from human life (the shepherd, the doctor, the vinedresser ...), that tells us what God is like.

-A shepherd is good if he does not run away when the wolf comes: he confronts the wolf and defends his sheep. The good shepherd is willing to give his life for the sheep. This is what Jesus Christ did by giving his life on the Cross!