Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17
1. “As a shepherd tends his flock when he finds himself among his scattered sheep, so will I tend my sheep.” How does Pope Francis’ statement below relate to this line from the First Reading? How does his statement relate to you?
An evangelizing community gets involved by word and deed in people’s daily lives; it bridges distances, it is willing to abase itself if necessary, and it embraces human life, touching the suffering flesh of Christ in others. Evangelizers thus take on the “smell of the sheep” and the sheep are willing to hear their voice. Evangelii Gaudium, 24
2. According to this reading, what type of shepherd is the Lord God? If there is a message in this reading for people in Church leadership positions, what is it? What can you do to “bind up the injured and heal the sick”?
1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28
1.“For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” Name some signs of “death or serious illness” that you see in the world, the environment or in the Church today. What can you do to restore life? How can you help Christ accomplish the task of destroying death?
2. How can you help Christ challenge the many forms of violence in the world today?
1. This king is the almighty and glorious God. Why did he come into the world in solidarity with the poor, wear thorns for his crown, and have a cross for his throne? Who can relate on a personal level to a very rich, brilliant leader? Who can relate to a poor and suffering one?
2. “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink.” Christ uses our generosity as a criterion for salvation. How is also a criterion for happiness? What happens to you when you give? The “sheep” didn’t recognize or accept the message or the messenger (Jesus), but they gave anyway. If the “goats” had recognized Jesus, they would have given too. How important is it to give without calculation?