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November 27th, 2017

Sermon: Sheep, Goats & St. Andrew

Sermon preached at Christ Church, La Plata & Christ Church, Wayside (Newburg, MD) on November 26, 2017

Last Sunday after Pentecost/Christ the King (Proper 29) Year A, RCL: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Ps. 100; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46

I speak to you in the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Amen

Today is Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday of Pentecost, and the final Sunday of our Church Year.  Today is a day for remembering – remembering that as this year ends, as with the End of the Age, Christ our King rules victorious over all of creation.  

In the first reading, Israel’s kings had proven to be bad shepherds.  Ezekiel declares that the Lord will assume the role of shepherd in Israel.  The Lord will also set over them a shepherd-messiah, “my servant David,” who will feed and care for the people.

In the Epistle to the Ephesians, God is praised for revealing ultimate divine power in raising Jesus from the dead.  The resurrected, exalted Christ is Lord both church and the entire universe, now and in the age to come.

Lastly, our gospel reading from Matthew is Jesus’ great story of judgment. Our Lord compares himself to a king who moves among his subjects to see how he is treated: what is done for the least of those who belong to his family is truly done to him.  In the end, the faithful are those who served Christ by ministering to those who are poor, hungry, naked, sick, or estranged.  

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