First Reading: (Ezek 34:11-12, 15-17). God is portrayed as someone who cares for His people as a good Shepherd cares for his sheep.
Second Reading: (1 Cor 15:20-26, 28). At the end of time Christ will reign as universal King, having overcome all hostile forces, including death.
Gospel (Mt 25:31-46). We don’t know exactly how the last judgement will happen, but we do know the followers of Jesus will be judged on how they have loved.
Christ, Our King, gave himself totally while he lived on earth. Even as he died he was still giving to those who were receptive. Seated at the right hand of the Father, he continues to love us and intercede for us. His disciples continue to build his Kingdom here on earth. He has no hands but ours, no feet but ours, no tongue but ours.
And it is his riches, not our own, that we are called on to dispense – his love, his forgiveness, his mercy, his good news…