Matthew 25: 31-36images (1)

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory.

32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats 33 and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left.



Do you wonder about a final judgment?  About a final reckoning in which our Lord separates one from another according to how we have lived in this life?   We know that our God is a God of grace and mercy, but there also is the call for justice and righteousness.  How will that be resolved?

Of course we separate ourselves today in many ways.   By income, politics, ethnicity, and other personal characteristics or preferences.   How will these divisions stand up in the final day?



Dear Lord,

Help us, we pray, to live as you would have us live.

Bring us together over differences which otherwise drive us apart.

Help us to follow you faithfully in these Lenten days, and in all the days of our lives.