“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Matthew 25: 31 – 33
Jesus is portrayed as the Good Shepherd in other scripture passages, and in this passage, he once again brings together his flock. Shepherds would gather their flocks in the evening, and would separate the sheep from the goats. Sheep enjoyed the open air of the pasture, while goats had to be protected from the cold. Sheep had more commercial value, so they were preferred over the goats. Now, we can spend time worrying about which ones we are, or we can focus our lives on living them as Jesus has taught us to live them, by loving others and sharing the message of the good news of the gospel.
Prayer: Good Shepherd, we know that you will come to judge all of us, but we also know and give thanks for the amazing love you have for us. Help us to focus on sharing about that love and spreading that love with our communities. Amen.
Action: Focus on what you can control, not what you can’t control.