The fourth Sunday of Easter is called "Good Shepherd Sunday" because all three years of the Liturgical cycle offer us readings from Chapter 10 of the gospel of John, where the Good Shepherd is described. When we think of Jesus "the Good Shepherd," we always link this image to his meek and sympathetic behavior towards those who went wrong in life. But the "Good Shepherd" of today's gospel is completely different. For the evangelist John, the shepherd is not one who caresses tenderly the wounded sheep, but the fierce protector, the fighter who, at the risk of his own life, stands up to anybody who threatens his flock. The passage begins with Jesus saying: "The Good Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep" (11). "Good" does not stand here for sentimental, sweet, tender, not hurting anybody. It stands for "the true shepherd," "the authentic one." Jesus is the true shepherd not because he cuddles and caresses his sheep, but because he loves them so much that he is ready to lay down his life for them. Count how many times the expression "lay down his life" is used in the text. To bring out even better the image of the true shepherd, the text goes on to contrast it with the figure of the "hired man," the "mercenary" (12-13). The mercenary is hired for money. A hired man's contract did not demand that he should lay down his life for the sheep. He was allowed to run away, since, after all, he was not concerned with the flock but with the money, his salary. All Christians should be good shepherds. Whoever wants to be a disciple of Christ must portray the generosity of his master. He should not start measuring how far or much he can love his brother or sister. He must be led entirely by love. If a Christian is satisfied with obeying a law, or doing the minimum, he or she has not understood what true love is. If we love our brothers and sisters or serve our communities in the hope of getting some advantage here in the form of gratitude and prestige or even a reward in heaven, we do not really follow Christ's way. The expression "to lay down one's life" is found five times in the text.