Lectionary Year A
April 25, 1999
John 10:1-10

Step II: Disposition


This pericope is most likely an allegory rather than a parable. This means that all the details of the story are significant and have meaning. Thus, Jesus is both the door, and the shepherd of the sheep.


The "they" in verse 10 puzzles me. Who are the "they?" The sheep, the thieves and the robbers, the thieves and the robbers and the sheep? I guess, here we have the old question of "apokatastasis"- -will all be saved by God's abundant, life-giving grace, or will it only be the ones whom the shepherd calls by name?

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