On John 10.14-21
YOU WHO listen to our Lord's discourse, not only willingly but also attentively, undoubtedly remember our promise. For the same Gospel reading was also read today which had been read on the last Lord's day because, by spending time on certain unavoidable points, we were unable to discuss all the things which we owed to your understandings. Accordingly, the things which have already been said and expounded we do not bring up today lest, by still repeating the same things, we may not at all be allowed to reach those points which have not yet been stated.
(2) You already know, in the name of the Lord, who the Good Shepherd is and how good shepherds are his members and therefore the Shepherd is one. You know who is the hired hand who must be put up with, who are the wolf, the thieves and the robbers who must be watched out for; who are the sheep, what is the gate by which both sheep and shepherd go in, and how the gatekeeper must be understood. You know also that whoever does not enter through the gate is a thief and a robber and comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. All these things, as I think, were sufficiently discussed and explicated. 1.
(3) Today, insofar as the Lord helps us (because Jesus Christ himself, our Savior, said that he was both shepherd and gate and said that the good shepherd enters by the gate), we ought to say how he enters through himself. For, if no one is a good shepherd except he who enters through the gate, and he himself is especially the good shepherd and yet he is himself the____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Tractates on the Gospel of John. Volume: 3. Contributors: St Augustine - Author, John W. Rettig - Translator. Publisher: Catholic University of America Press. Place of publication: Washington, DC. Publication year: 1988. Page number: 212.
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