Today's Gospel reading included the well-known verse from John: 'and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.'
It's risky being a 'city-girl' and preaching to a bunch of farmers on 'the good shepherd' and I've learnt a bit about sheep and shepherding today!
The best story was from a woman who told me that her husband's sheep recognised the sound of his car and when they heard his car coming, they would all run toward it and then follow it, bleating, until it stopped. Food, you see.
We agreed that a modern farming version of the Johannine verse would be 'and the sheep follow his car because they know the sound of its engine.'. Wonderful stuff! :-)