John 10: 11 — 18
Fourth Sunday of Easter Year B
11 I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life
12 A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are
13 This is because he works for pay and has no concern for
14 I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me,
15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will
16 I have other sheep 7 that do not belong to this fold. These
17 This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my
18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have
7  Other sheep: the Gentiles, possibly a reference to “God’s dispersed children” of ⇒ John 11:52 destined to be gathered into one, or “apostolic Christians” at odds with the community of the beloved disciple.
8  Power to take it up again: contrast the role of the Father as the efficient cause of the resurrection in ⇒ Acts 2:24; ⇒ 4:10; etc.; ⇒ Romans 1:4; ⇒ 4:24. Yet even here is added: This command I have received from my Father.
Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised