CHRIST THE KING
The Gospel for this feast pictures the judgment at the end of the world. It takes place in the heavenly court with angels in attendance. The assembled nations are divided into two groups. The “sheep” are
on the right, the favored side. The “goats” are on the left. What is the principle of division, what makes life a success and what makes life a failure? The king says to the “sheep”: “When I was hungry you gave me food, thirsty you gave me drink, when I was a stranger you welcomed me, naked and you gave me clothing, sick and you took care of me and when in prison you visited me. Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” God blesses these “sheep” by granting them the inheritance of the heavenly kingdom. The reason: They were good to God’s Son.
The king sent the “goats” into eternal punishment because the Lord present in each of those in dire circumstances was ignored. They did not recognize him. They did not help, They did nothing.
Take time on this Feast of Christ the King to reflect on the excuse the “goats” gave to the Lord: “If we had only known it was you, O King, and not those “other” people, of course we would have helped.”