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userimgHere's a preview for tomorrow's sermon..... it's the judgment of the sheep and the goats for the Last Sunday of the Church year..... and the Son of Man is sitting on the throne of His glory.... Marana tha! And not only does Jesus call the righteous "His sheep," but He also says they are the "blessed of My Father" - the *eulogomenoi* - literally, the ones who have been "good worded" by the Father. And what "good word" is spoken to us, given us, by the Father? Nothing less than Christ - the "Word made flesh." For in the waters of holy baptism we are given His name - and, as St. Paul wrote to the Galatians, in baptism we "put on Christ." The blessed are welcomed into glory not because of what they have done, but because of what has been done to them - they have been made sheep of the Good Shepherd, they are "good-worded" by the Father - you are "good-worded" friends - forgiven and blessed because of God's grace and love in Christ - not because of your works. The judgment is not a matter of works..... BUT - works do matter. For they demonstrate to the cosmos that Christ's judgment is good, right and proper - that justice is real. And for that reason, after He welcome the blessed, He enumerates the things His sheep did in faith: they fed the hungry, gave drink to the thirsty, greeted the stranger, clothed the naked, and visited those who were sick and in prison.......