John Paul II Homilies
HOMILY OF JOHN PAUL II
Fourth Sunday of Easter, 11 May 2003
1. "I am the good shepherd" (Jn 10: 11).
In the Gospel passage that today's liturgy presents to us, Jesus describes himself as the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep.
The hireling, who does not regard the sheep as his own, deserts them in the face of difficulty and danger and flees. The shepherd, on the other hand, who knows each one of his sheep, creates a close bond with them, so deep that he is ready to give up his life for them.