posted on November 24, 2014 22:45
Reading I Ezekiel 34: 11-12, 15-17
Reading II I Corinthians 15: 20-26, 28
Gospel Matthew 25: 31-46
Homily by Samuel Bagyo, Jr. Imitating the Reign of Christ the Good Shepherd
Today we celebrate the feast of Christ the King which marks the end of the liturgical season. Even though this feast brings the liturgical year to an end, there is no end to increasing arguments between the “99% and the 1%.” There is no end to disputes between the “have-nots” and the “haves,” the wealthy and the poor, the filled and the empty, the employed and the unemployed, or to the question of who should be leader — our president or our king. The search for justice and love is unending.
Do we not sometimes in our faith context acts like Pilate? Do we sometimes feel, or unconsciously act like the opponents of Jesus and the Roman soldiers in the passion narratives — limiting our knowledge of kingship to earthly dominion and power. The reign of Christ, his shepherding is not of the world — but of love and service.
We do not sometimes in our faith context acts like Pilate. We do not sometimes feel or unconsciously act like the opponents of Jesus and the Roman soldiers in the passion narratives — limiting our knowledge of kingship to earthly dominion and power. The reign of Christ, his shepherding is not of this “world” — but of love and service!
The readings of today shed light on the true image of a model king — a shepherd, a disciple after Christ who not only cares, but loves God and his flock. He is generous with his gifts, treats one another well, ready to sacrifice and lay down his or her life for the sheep.
The image is highlighted by Prophet Ezekiel and Psalm 23. A good shepherd tends his flock with care and love. He seeks to rescue them from every place they were scattered and guide them in the right path. Besides restful water he leads them.
Similarly, in the Gospel of Matthew 25:31-46, the good shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. Each of us in our various places of responsibilities and roles in the church, and in the society are called to watch out for that judgment day, by the way we care for our little brothers and sisters, including the disciples, the missionaries, and members of our faith communities and those in various needs.
Do we not also see this image in John’s gospel Chapter 10. But like Peter in the same gospel, especially the Passion narrative, we might be weak one upon a time by denying Christ, the good shepherd, in the way we treat our neighbors. But also like Peter in the Resurrection narrative we want to say to Christ, “Lord, you know everything, you know I love you.” (John 21:17) We can do this by the way we love one another, how we receive missionaries, and especially the poor, those in prison, the homeless, the aged, the sick and the less privileged.”
Or prayer is that the Lord may increasingly bless us at various levels with good parents, teachers, pastors, prophets, evangelists, priests, mentors, spouses, friends, and leaders within and outside the church — after the example of Christ the good and loving
Samuel Bagyo, Jr., was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, May 10, 2014, by Bishop Thomas Paprocki at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield. Samuel is a seminarian at Mundelein Seminary and served at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Quincy for several months in 2013.