The book of Ezechiel (Ez 34:11-12, 15-17) describes our King, the caring, good Shepherd. But also He addresses us, the sheep, as Judge who will separate the sheep from the rams and goats.
The Gospel also shows us judgment but is most explicit telling us the qualities of each group, sheep, and goats. To enter the Kingdom of God, God-seekers know what is required of them! At this moment in history, we can’t make excuses for not being “shepherds” caring for God’s people especially the poor who are all around us! Yes, we are limited in what we can do during this pandemic, but that is the challenge facing each of us… what can I do with the limitations that mine or those that are imposed on me? With God’s direction and help, may each of us creatively meet today’s challenge as a true “shepherd.”
By Sr. Mary Vivette Baker, SND.