I AM THE DOOR (JOHN
He that entereth not by the door
into the sheepfold but climeth up some other way, the same is a
thief and a robber. Only Christ and His sheep can see; whoever
claims to see is a thief.
There are many who, according to
custom of life, are called good people but are not Christian; they
observe the law, pay respect to parents, abstain from adultery,
commit no murder, they do not steal nor lie. And they ask
boastfully, "Are we blind also?" What benefit is living
well if it does not lead to eternal life? It is useless to persuade
man to live well if it does not lead him to eternal life. To live
well and yet not follow Christ is to climb another way. . .he is a
thief and a robber. . .and his intention is to kill and steal, not
to preserve and to save.
So all, who say, "just live
well and you will live happily," are telling you not to enter
by the door; their intention is to destroy, to slay and to murder
The Pharisees were such. Their
voices preached the coming of Christ; but they did not recognize Him
when He came. They boasted they knew much about Him; but they
disowned Him when He came. Many boast that they see and even
are enlightened by Christ, yet are heretics. The Christ they preach
is fabricated. They use Christian words but different realities.
Christ's sheepfold is the Catholic
Church. Enter by working for Christ's glory and not your own. To
seek your own glory is to scatter Christ's sheep, not to gather
them. Christ is a low gateway. He who enters must bow and humble
himself, he cannot enter the door; thus he will have to climb the
wall, only to fall.
The wretched who do not enter by
the door but climb some other way will surely fall. Let them
be humble and enter by the door.
A thief is one who calls the sheep
belonging to another his own; what he steals, he also kills.
And the Shepherd called his own by
name; and His sheep know His voice. And a stranger they do not
follow but do flee from him; for they do not know the voice of
I am the door to all those who are
united to Me. Those who are apart from Me are thieves and robbers
who come to steal and to destroy.
Many listen to the words of Christ
but many do not hear. Judas listened but did not hear, thus, he was
not a sheep ". . .he was a wolf". He followed Christ but
laid snares for the Shepherd. Yet some of those who crucified
Christ later on became sheep, like Longinus. So those who were not
sheep began to hear and those who were sheep did not hear. Some who
were wolves followed the Shepherd's voice, and some who were sheep
contradicted the Shepherd. It was a sheep who slew the
At first the wolves did not hear.
But when the voice of the Shepherd was heard, they became sheep.
Becoming sheep, they found the Shepherd and followed Him.
St. John Chrysostom, On