Pentecost 25—Christ the King
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God expected Israel’s rulers to be shepherds of their people, not despots who abused and exploited them. They were to lead, feed, heal, tend, protect, and unite the people–not divide and spoil them. The rulers failed miserably for the most part. So, God promised to be the Shepherd-God, fulfilling the promises God made by God’s fidelity toward the people. Jesus lived this role of Shepherd-God in flesh and divinity, judging and separating to hand over to God the kingdom; God is all in all. The reading from Matthew asks perhaps the essential question Christians may ask of themselves: How did I…?