FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER – HOLY GOSPEL: John 10:11-18

I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  12He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.  13He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.  14I am the good shepherd.  I know my own and my own know me, 15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.  16And I have other sheep that are not of this fold.  I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice.  So there will be one flock, one shepherd.  17For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again.  18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again.  This charge I have received from my Father.”