This Sunday is often called “Good Shepherd Sunday” because of this reading. In the ancient Middle East, shepherds did not “drive” their sheep, they led them. The sheep were very close to the shepherd, almost like pets. They knew the voice of their own shepherd, and would only follow him. The shepherd led them to food and water; he protected them from predators; he searched for them when they were lost. Jesus is our Good Shepherd, He provides for us, protects us, saves us from danger.