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Today’s Gospel
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Monday 4th (A) of Easter

Gospel text (Jn 10,11-18): «I am the good shepherd. I know my own». «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 Jesus says He knows each of us because He is a good shepherd. How lucky are we! We have a God that loves us for our own name and has given us a guardian angel to protect us. God, our good shepherd has given his life to open the gate to heaven for us.

Heaven is the Father's home: one can only be there with true love. He guides us through that path through his example and teachings, with the sacrifice of his life.