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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Sunday 4th (A) of Easter

Gospel text (Jn 10,1-10): 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 (…). 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».

John 10: the Good Shepherd gives "life "in abundance"

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, we enter in the figure of the "Good Shepherd", an image of long biblical tradition which Jesus purifies and brings to its full meaning. The thief regards the sheep as part of his property, which he exploits for himself. On the contrary, the real shepherd does not take life, but gives it. This is Jesus’ great promise: "to give life in abundance".

Jesus Christ promises that he will take the sheep to the "pastures", to the springs of life. Here resound the words of Psalm 23: «He makes me lie down in green pastures; leads me besides still waters...». But what does man live on? Man lives on truth and on being loved by the truth. He needs God, the God who draws close to him and points him toward the path of life. Whoever gives him all this, gives him "life in abundance".

—Jesus, being the incarnate Word of God Himself, is not just the "Shepherd", but also the food, the true "pasture"; He gives life by giving Himself.

Jesus Christ, the only Savior, is the "gate" and bears in his Heart each one

Fr. Pere SUÑER i Puig SJ (Barcelona, Spain)

Today, Jesus uses two images when referring to himself: He is the "shepherd" and He is the "gate". Jesus Christ knows His sheep by name: He calls them forth, one by one. For Jesus we are not just numbers; He has a personal kinship with each one of us. He also personally loves us.

In the Gospel, “To know”, does not simply mean an act of our intellect, but an act of allegiance to the person known. Therefore, Jesus bears in his Heart each one of us. Jesus is also the "gate". The only gate. No one comes to the Father except through Him. Some believe that Jesus is one of many saviors: Jesus, Buddha, Confucius, Mohammed... But no! Only Jesus is God! Whoever is saved is saved through Jesus Christ, even if he did not know it in this life.

—Jesus, because of the gift of our faith, I know You are God. I am grateful for having known You. Let me try hard to enter through that "gate" which leads to the Father, which, though narrow, You keep wide open.