02 November 2010
Today’s Readings: Wis. 3:1-61/Rom. 6:3-4,8-9/Mt. 25:31-46
The gospel tells that Jesus will come in glory with his angels. On that day all nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. Jesus uses a metaphor of the sheep and the goat to illustrate the judgment of the nations. Jesus will place the sheep on his right side and they will be blessed to enter the kingdom of God; the goats on his left to receive eternal punishment. Sheep have characteristics of gentleness, they are docile animals and their vulnerability to danger make them love to follow the shepherd. They feel comforted and secured in the presence of the shepherd. Sheep listen to the voice of the shepherd and go where the shepherd directs them. It’s important for them to be together and to have a shepherd to guide them.
Goats are aggressive, impulsive, and restless. They are stubborn, quarrelsome and independent so they will not follow the voice of the shepherd. They don’t want to be confined in a place and they prefer to go on their own.
The characteristics of the sheep and the goats can serve as checklist for us to determine the kind of attitudes we have. Like sheep we need to have a good relationship with Jesus, our Shepherd, listen to his voice and obey him The gospel tells us that we will be judged according to what we have done and what we have failed to do. Let us be reminded that whatever we do to the least of our brothers and sisters we do it for Christ. The attitudes we have, the kind of life we live and the choices we made will determine our future
Loving Jesus, thank you for your great love for us, you teach and show us the way to gain eternal life. Help us to be sensitive to the needs of others, to be kind and gracious to everyone just as you are to us. Give us the graces to see you in every person we meet and may others see you in us too. Amen.