11“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
12“He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is
not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and
flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.
13“He flees because
he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep.
Co-incidence-read nothing, please, into the fact that this post follows the story "Vee Was Running".
The hired hand that Christ mentions above is a coward. His job, his raison d'être was to care for the sheep. His running is from something; Vee/Dorothy was dreaming/running towards her new life in Kansas. That postcard had held back from her so as to take away her hope, but in that card she had hope, and a future.
Maybe we should not be too hard on the hired hand-that sounds like an entry level position, so a youth, inexperienced and easily frightened may run away. After a few decades of working with sheep, possibly as a sheep owner himself, he will know that the wolves can not harm the sheep if he stands his ground and protects them.
Imagine that youthful hired hand sweating at his next job interview:
"So, boy-you have experience with sheep?"
I do, sir-I know where to find good grazing, and water, and if a wolf shows up I know to run away and leave the sheep to fend for themse..."