Lectionary Year A
April 25, 1999
Step II: Disposition
(JC) A. GENRE
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.
(DH) B. PERSONAL INTERACTION
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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