This Gospel reading is a favorite of mine. Do you notice that Jesus refers to himself, and only himself, as the shepherd? The rest are hirelings and no matter what might be suggested in some people’s titles, the fact remains that all are hirelings. Something useful to keep certain people in perspective.
Here is also where Jesus speaks of other sheep he3 has which are “not of this fold”. He does not say how many other folds there are, or how many other sheep there are, and he makes no claim that they have anything in common with the people he’s addressing here! And this gives hope to many who have not been marching in lock-step behind one particular leader.
So much to know, and so much to prepare to learn!