Today's Gospel follows on yesterday's. While yesterday's had us marking the progress into the hills of each little shepherd band, with out attention on the special band of Jesus; today we turn to the gate's importance to the sheepfold.
While each of the town's shepherd boys might take his turn as watchman in the gate of the sheepfold, in today's Gospel Jesus asks us to see himself as the permanent gatekeeper.
He warns us against mirauders who steal his sheep. Since Jesus is the true shepherd of all mankind,
Jesus is asking us to deny the leadership of any would-be-leaders who lead us into sin, leading us away from God's way.