Good day and Happy Sunday to everyone !
For our last Sunday in Ordinary time, we have a very important Feast!
Today is the feast of — “CHRIST THE KING.”
And our theme for today is: “The Leadership of Our Lord.”
How do we describe the leadership of our Lord?
Our readings will give us an idea of our Lord’s leadership.
Here is our first reading: (Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17)
11 “‘For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. 12 As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.15 I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign Lord. 16 I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.
17 “‘As for you, my flock, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will judge between one sheep and another, and between rams and goats.
And here is our Gospel reading: (Matthew 25:31-46)
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 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. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
From the two readings we can see our Lord’s way of leadership:
1. There are two overall guiding principles: LOVE AND JUSTICE.
2. As much as possible personalized care and presence: “I myself will search for my sheep …. And rescue them.” ” While in prison I visited you. I did not just send money, but I visited you personally.”
3. Special priority to those who are least of our brothers and sisters:
a) “I was hungry and you give me something to eat and thirsty you give me something to drink”— the lowest ranking employees, the uneducated, the children with incomplete parents.
b) “I was a stranger and you invited me in”— the Koreans in our country, the “probensiano”who drop by our house, those who are really desperate who dare knock in our doors.
c) “I needed clothes and you clothed me” — the poor, the lonely.
d) “I was sick and you look after me” — old people who are alone.
e) “I was in prison and you came to visit me” — the excluded, the forgotten.
4. Our Lord’s mission is to change our world for the better. The continuous application of love and Justice, guided by The Holy Spirit, will change our world. As Christians we have a sacred partnership (covenant) with our Lord to contribute to that MISSION — a huge mission.
5. Let us all support our Lord’s “KINGSHIP” by contributing our share in changing our world for the better — And how ? By the application of LOVE AND JUSTICE, with prayer and guidance from The Holy Spirit, in whatever field we are in. As a Teacher in the field of education, as a Doctor in the field of medicine, as an Employee, as a Manager, as a Farmer, as a Nurse, as a Cook, as a factory Worker, as a Salesman, as an Economist, as a Scientist, as a Politician, as a Student, as a Parent, as a Mother, as a Business Owner, as a Carpenter.

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