Servants of the King
The first reading (Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17) and the Responsorial Psalm (Psalm 23) provide us with the dimension of Christ as loving, caring shepherd.
The second reading (1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28) gives us the powerful image of Christ as universal conqueror :
Then comes the end,
when he hands over the kingdom to his God and Father,
when he has destroyed every sovereignty
and every authority and power.
The Gospel (Matthew 25:31-46) ties all of these together – Christ as loving shepherd and Christ as universal ruler - showing Christ as the ruler and judge of all humanity – judging us by the love and care we show to each other.
Are you and I good servants of Christ the King?
(Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, be merciful to me - a sinner)