When Is It Time To Love Somebody?

**Come, you whom My Father has blessed** (Matthew 25:34).

Matthew 25:34
Ezekiel 34:11-12,15-17; Psalms 23:1-3,5-6; I Corinthians 15:20-26,28; Matthew 25:31-46

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In a syndicated newspaper cartoon, Santa Claus is pictured at his work bench putting a new toy together. From his nearby TV set, he hears a reporter saying,

We continue our look at the real meaning of Christmas sales indicators. Consumers have dramatically cut back their borrowing which could slow the economy, but which might be a healthy development after their earlier borrowing which boosted the economy but added to concerns of low savings and overstimulation, but could result in sluggish sales leading into the all-important Christmas sales period …

Whereupon, Santa looks up and says to himself, “It used to be a lot easier to know if they’ve been bad or good.”

Jesus’ timeless “Parable of the Last Judgment” in today’s Gospel Lesson provides Santa with an easy answer to his problem. The parable is Jesus’ once-and-for-all, definitive, foolproof way of knowing “if they’ve been bad or good.”

If you want to achieve wholeness of life, if you want to “get it together,” if…

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