Feast of S. George
At times shepherds would have to stay the night in the grazing pastures, they would use a stone corral without a gate. After herding the sheep into it for safety, the shepherd would become the gate by lying down in the opening. In that way the sheep would not wander out, and the wolves would be frightened away by the shepherd’s presence. And as Jesus watched these shepherds at work, it occurred to him that this is how he would want to be remembered. He would love and protect those who followed him. He would want it to be a very personal relationship. He noticed that the shepherds knew their sheep individually and the sheep knew the shepherd’s voice.