1. 'In all truth I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold through the gate, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a bandit.

2. He who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the flock;

3. the gatekeeper lets him in, the sheep hear his voice, one by one he calls his own sheep and leads them out.

4. When he has brought out all those that are his, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow because they know his voice.

5. They will never follow a stranger, but will run away from him because they do not recognise the voice of strangers.'

6. Jesus told them this parable but they failed to understand what he was saying to them.

7. So Jesus spoke to them again: In all truth I tell you, I am the gate of the sheepfold.

8. All who have come before me are thieves and bandits, but the sheep took no notice of them.

9. I am the gate. Anyone who enters through me will be safe: such a one will go in and out and will find pasture.

10. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full.

11. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.

12. The hired man, since he is not the shepherd and the sheep do not belong to him, abandons the sheep as soon as he sees a wolf coming, and runs away, and then the wolf attacks and scatters the sheep;

13. he runs away because he is only a hired man and has no concern for the sheep.

14. I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me,

15. just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep.

16. And there are other sheep I have that are not of this fold, and I must lead these too. They too will listen to my voice, and there will be only one flock, one shepherd.

17. The Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.

18. No one takes it from me; I lay it down of my own free will, and as I have power to lay it down, so I have power to take it up again; and this is the command I have received from my Father.

19. These words caused a fresh division among the Jews.

20. Many said, 'He is possessed, he is raving; why do you listen to him?'

21. Others said, 'These are not the words of a man possessed by a devil: could a devil open the eyes of the blind?'

22. It was the time of the feast of Dedication in Jerusalem. It was winter,

23. and Jesus was in the Temple walking up and down in the Portico of Solomon.

24. The Jews gathered round him and said, 'How much longer are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us openly.'

25. Jesus replied: I have told you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father's name are my witness;

26. but you do not believe, because you are no sheep of mine.

27. The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.

28. I give them eternal life; they will never be lost and no one will ever steal them from my hand.

29. The Father, for what he has given me, is greater than anyone, and no one can steal anything from the Father's hand.

30. The Father and I are one.

31. The Jews fetched stones to stone him,

32. so Jesus said to them, 'I have shown you many good works from my Father; for which of these are you stoning me?'

33. The Jews answered him, 'We are stoning you, not for doing a good work, but for blasphemy; though you are only a man, you claim to be God.'

34. Jesus answered: Is it not written in your Law: I said, you are gods?

35. So it uses the word 'gods' of those people to whom the word of God was addressed -- and scripture cannot be set aside.

36. Yet to someone whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world you say, 'You are blaspheming' because I said, 'I am Son of God.'

37. If I am not doing my Father's work, there is no need to believe me;

38. but if I am doing it, then even if you refuse to believe in me, at least believe in the work I do; then you will know for certain that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.

39. They again wanted to arrest him then, but he eluded their clutches.

40. He went back again to the far side of the Jordan to the district where John had been baptising at first and he stayed there.

41. Many people who came to him said, 'John gave no signs, but all he said about this man was true';

42. and many of them believed in him.

“Há alegrias tão sublimes e dores tão profundas que não se consegue exprimir com palavras. O silêncio é o último recurso da alma, quando ela está inefavelmente feliz ou extremamente oprimida!” São Padre Pio de Pietrelcina