From the Gospel according to Matthew:
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left.
(From the Daily Office Lectionary – Matt. 25:31-33 (NRSV) – December 21, 2013.)
I ought to be thinking “purer thoughts” or something . . . .
But I’ve been pondering this gospel bit all day, and although there are many things I could say about it, what keeps coming back to my mind is that (given the Phil Robertson, Duck Dynasty, A&E kerfluffle of the past several days) I’m glad that Jesus chose to make his point by separating sheep from goats, not geese from ducks.
I must be punchy (or maybe bird-brained) from Christmas preparations and sermon writing.
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Father Funston is the rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio.