Readings for this week include:
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 and
Perhaps because I've been looking at the Matthew for the last few weeks, I'm particularly struck by the Ezekiel passage. Three times we find the phrase, in the words spoken by the Lord God 'I myself..'.
I myself will search for my sheep
I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep
I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep.
The theme of judgement is of course taken up in the parable, too. But I think I want to focus on Christ as God incarnate - God as 'I myself'.
Christ's care for the sheep - the good shepherd who searches & tends.
& then Christ's demand, as King, that we act as those who live by his rules - searching, caring, tending, for the lost sheep of our world.