Nov. 26, 2017 - Christ Our King, Year A
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
Jesus paints a picture of the final judgment for us. There is a king seated on a throne surrounded by angels.
The king is judging and the judgment requires a separation into two groups: sheep and goats.
Sheep are domesticated. They are able to follow the voice of the shepherd. Goats, on the other hand, are undomesticated. They are unruly. They cannot follow.
So the final judgment Jesus describes is very simply about those who are willing to follow and those who are not.
And to be honest, Jesus is showing us God’s tenderness and mercy. And in showing us God’s everlasting merciful love, God sets the bar pretty low.
And for that we should be eternally grateful. For that, we should be willing to make an even greater effort.
If you notice, Jesus is not judging sins against purity. We usually put those sins at the top of our judging list.
Rather, look at what Jesus puts the top of the list: sins against charity, the corporal works of mercy.
Feed the hungry. Give drink to the thirsty. Shelter the homeless. Visit the sick or those in prison. Bury the dead. Clothe the naked or give arms to the poor.
What we do for the least among us, we do for Jesus. And why do for Jesus? Listen again to what the Prophet Ezekiel says Jesus does for us.
I will look after and tend my sheep. I will rescue them when they are scattered. I will seek them out when they are lost. I will bring them back. I will bind them up. I will heal them.
The Lord Jesus, Christ our King, is tender and kind and merciful and loving to those who follow him.
Let us pledge during this holiday season, to listen more carefully to his voice and to be more attentive to the least in our midst.