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Monday, May 12th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 10:11-18.


Monday of the Fourth week of Easter

12 MAY 2014

“I am the good shepherd.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 10:11-18.

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.”

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Monday of the Fourth week of Easter

Commentary of the day

Saint John-Paul II,

Pope from 1978 to 2005

Homily of 16/10/2003,
for the 25th anniversary of his pontificate
(trans. Libreria Editrice Vaticana)

The Good Shepherd

“The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep”. While Jesus was saying these words, the Apostles did not realize that he was referring to himself. Not even his beloved Apostle John knew it. He understood on Calvary, at the foot of the Cross, when he saw Jesus silently giving up his life for “his sheep”. When the time came for John and the other Apostles to assume this same mission they then remembered his words. They realized that they would be able to fulfil their mission only because he had assured them that he himself would be working among them. As Peter, a “witness of the sufferings of Christ” (I Pt 5,1), was particularly aware of this, he admonished the elders of the Church: “Tend the flock of God that is your charge” (I Pt 5, 2).

Down the centuries, the successors of the Apostles, guided by the Holy Spirit, have continued to gather Christ’s flock and lead it toward the Kingdom of Heaven, knowing that only “for Christ, with Christ and in Christ” could they assume so great a responsibility.
I was conscious of the same thing when the Lord called me to carry out Peter’s mission in this beloved city of Rome and at the serivce of the whole world. From the beginning of my Pontificate, my thoughts, prayers and actions were motivated by one desire: to witness that Christ, the Good Shepherd, is present and active in his Church. He is constantly searching for every stray sheep, to lead it back to the sheepfold, to bind up its wounds; he tends the sheep that are weak and sickly and protects those that are strong. This is why, from the very first day, I have never ceased to urge people: “Do not be afraid to welcome Christ and accept his power!” Today I forcefully repeat: “Open, indeed, open wide the doors to Christ! Let him guide you! Trust in his love!”

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