Rev. David Pileggi reminds us that the emphasis of the ministry of Jesus is the Kingdom of God, and so is our gospel passage. As Jesus comes to the end of his ministry he is warning us to be prepared for judgement. There are often surprises for us in these passages. Keeping the context of the gospel, the best way to understand this is that good trees produce good fruit, judgement brings out something that has been there all along. By their fruit you will recognise them. What are the warnings here for all of us? The Shepherd turns out to be the Judge. There really was no difference between sheep and goats in the ancient cultural context. Some people unexpectedly are in and some people unexpectedly are out! In the end we are not the Judge, God is! When it come to these matters, we should all come with a certain amount of humility.
Readings: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24, Ephesians 1:15-23, Matthew 25:31-46