4th Sunday of Easter, Year B: Gospel

John 10:11-18

Jesus said:
   “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.”