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Our Divine Inheritance

I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to Me
Ezekiel 34:11-12,15-17; Psalm 23:1-3,5-6; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26,28; Matthew 25:31-46

Sermon Week Christ The King (Thirty-Fourth Sunday) Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 25:40

The story is told of a pastor of a large congregation who one Sunday morning announced to the flock that Jesus Christ Himself, in person, was going to visit them the following Sunday. Naturally, a record crowd showed up for the big event. They could hardly wait to hear the Lord preach, but when introduced He only said "Hello." The pastor offered Him hospitality for the night, as did many of the parish leaders, but Jesus politely declined their invitations. He announced, however, that He would spend the night in Church -- alone. And everyone thought, "How fitting!"...

Early the next morning, Jesus quietly slipped away, unnoticed. When the pastor discovered that Jesus was gone, he and the parish leaders went into the Church and they were horrified by what they saw: the Church had been vandalized. All over the walls, the word "Beware!" had been scribbled. The word was everywhere -- on the doors and windows, on the pulpit, on the altar, even on the floor. Wherever one looked, there it was, "Beware... Beware... Beware."

Everyone in the parish was shocked and confused -- even terrified. What did it all mean? What were they supposed to beware of? And, although they decided at first to wipe out every trace of the scribbled words, nevertheless they finally thought better of it. After all, Jesus Himself had done the damage with His own hand.

Gradually, the word "Beware" began to sink into the minds of the people when they came to Church. And they began to search the Scriptures for clues to its intended meaning. In so doing, they found passage after passage in which Jesus warned potential followers of the price they would have to pay in order to be His true disciples. -1

"Follow Me!" Jesus says, but beware, as we read in today's Gospel Lesson:

When the Son of Man comes in His glory ... before Him will be gathered all the nations, and He will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And He will place the sheep on His right hand, but the goats [...]

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