Sunday 22 November 2020

About Today Readings

Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King

Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want – Psalm 22(23):1-3, 5-6. 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28. Matthew 25:31-46.

Judgment of the Lord

Historically kings were the final arbiters in disputes among their subjects. These could concern property, trade or, as in the case brought before Solomon, who is the rightful mother. The warring parties would look for an impartial judgment, though I imagine as the kings were human and few to none of the others had the wisdom of Solomon, there would be a cynical evaluating of who it would be best to support or wisest not to offend. Today’s readings centre on the judgment of the Lord, who will deliver a true verdict – one unable to bought by backroom dealing. The Lord will, however, be able to distinguish those who kept the commandments to care for others and those who neglected to do so. The Lord will not give up on any lost sheep, but is able to distinguish between sheep and he-goats.

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