The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.

A reading from the holy gospel according to John 10:11-16

Jesus said to his disciples: “I am the good shepherd, and the good shepherd gives up his life for his sheep.

“Hired workers are not like the shepherd. They don’t own the sheep, and when they see a wolf coming, they run off and leave the sheep. Then the wolf attacks and scatters the flock.

“Hired workers run away because they don’t care about the sheep.

“I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep, and they know me. Just as the Father knows me, I know the Father, and I give up my life for my sheep.

“I have other sheep that are not in this sheep pen. I must bring them together too, when they hear my voice. Then there will be one flock of sheep and one shepherd.”

The gospel of the Lord.