The Lord says this: I am going to look after my flock myself and keep all of it in view. As a shepherd keeps all his flock in view when he stands up in the middle of his scattered sheep, so shall I keep my sheep in view. I shall rescue them from wherever they have been scattered during the mist and darkness. I myself will pasture my sheep, I myself will show them where to rest–it is the Lord who speaks. I shall look for the lost one, bring back the stray, bandage the wounded and make the weak strong. I shall watch over the fat and healthy. I shall be a true shepherd to them.
As for you, my sheep, the Lord says this: I will judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and he-goats.
First reading for the Solemnity of Christ the King
Today’s feast celebrates Christ as King. But Jesus himself knew himself in the context of his relationship not with us only but also and primarily in his relationship with his Father, God and King.
Love of the Father gives Jesus the motivation for his ministry = from the Incarnation to the Passion, Resurrection and Ascension and everything between before and since.
The love of God is shared with us by Jesus but is already ours before Jesus. Yet how unwilling human beings proved and prove to live generous in response to such love.
Love is ours; freely offered. But love is not blind. It knows our faults and our failures, and calls us to beware of becoming lost in them.
Carving from N Italy, 15C. Collection of the Louvre, Paris. (c) 2017, Allen Morris.