Today we celebrate the last Sunday in this liturgical year with the feast of Christ the King. Next Sunday we begin another liturgical year with the Season of Advent.
The Liturgy today highlights two very different realities. The prophet Ezekiel has God declaring: “I myself will look after and tend my sheep.” In the gospel Jesus declares that we are ministering to him when we care for those who are in need. Two different theological truths are put side by side in a complementary tension. God is tending people in need through our acts of mercy and healing love. And Christ is being encountered and served through our acts of mercy and healing love.
How do you sense that God is working through you when you do acts of charity? How do you sense the presence of Christ in those whom you serve?