jesus is king

In the First Reading, the prophet Ezekiel presents to us the image of the Lord as the Good Shepherd who goes in search of His scattered sheep. It is a metaphor that highlights the personalized attention and loving care that God has for each of us, His children. In the midst of the fog and darkness of our lives, God does not abandon us; on the contrary, He Himself comes to seek us.

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This image of the Good Shepherd beautifully connects with the Responsorial Psalm, where it is proclaimed that the Lord is our shepherd and we shall not want. It is a declaration of trust and confidence in divine providence. In green pastures and beside still waters, God leads, cares for, and restores us. He invites us to experience His love even in the midst of adversities, symbolized by the preparation of a table in the presence of our enemies.

The Second Reading, taken from the letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians, speaks to us about the resurrection of Christ as the hope and promise of our own resurrection. Christ is presented as the firstfruits of the dead, indicating that His resurrection is the first fruit of victory over death. In Christ, we will all be made alive, and death itself will be conquered. It is an affirmation of Christian hope in eternal life.

Finally, the Gospel of Matthew presents to us the parable of the Final Judgment, where Jesus describes how we will be judged based on how we have treated others. The emphasis is on service and compassion towards the most needy. In this passage, Jesus identifies His own presence in the humblest and neediest members of society. He invites us to see Him in the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick, and the imprisoned. The call is clear: to live a life of love and service towards others is to respond to the call of Christ.

In summary, these readings offer us a comprehensive view of the relationship between God and His children. God is our loving Shepherd who seeks us out, cares for us, and guides us. The resurrection of Christ gives us hope in eternal life, and the parable of the Final Judgment calls us to live in accordance with love and compassion, recognizing the presence of Christ in the most needy. May these reflections inspire us to live a life centered on love and service to others, recognizing the presence of God in each of our fellow human beings.

By Soldier of Truth Publishing

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