Today is the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. With our readings this Sunday, we come to the end (or is it a summation?) of the life and revelation of Jesus, the Christ, in our liturgical year and it ends with the image of the King of all - of all people - of all the universe - talking about whether we humans have gotten the point of it all. With today’s Gospel, this talk is taking place at the end of our time when the Son of Man comes.
Let’s talk first of the prophet Ezekiel, who sets up the whole issue of who is getting the point. In Ezekiel, it is God who speaks and claims the role of the good shepherd, the one who will rescue the sheep, pasture the sheep, seek the lost, bring back the strayed, bind the injured and heal the sick. And why is God proclaiming this role? Because the leaders in charge of the day, the other proclaimed “shepherds,” simply, and to the point, were not taking care of the sheep.