United States Conference of Secular institutes


Fourth Sunday of Easter 

John 10:11-18 

In today’s gospel we hear Jesus describe himself not only as a shepherd but also as a “good” shepherd. And he proceeds to tell a story about different kinds of shepherds. The difference between the two is at the point of crisis. The greatness of life lies in the realm above and beyond the call of duty. It all happens in that second mile. Jesus is remembered today as the good shepherd simply because he voluntarily took on himself that which no one could possibly have demanded. Where do we fit in this story?