Jesus Our Shepherd
Matthew 23:1-12
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Homily for 30 October 2005
Rev. Frank Baiocchi

I was shocked, confused, bewildered as I entered Heaven’s door, not by the beauty of it all, by its lights or its decor.

Rather it was the folks in Heaven who made me sputter and gasp: The thieves, the liars, the sinners, the drunks, the trash!

There stood the kid from 7th grade who swiped my lunch money twice! Next to him, my old neighbor who never said anything nice.

There was Herb, who I always thought was rotting away in Hell; but he was sitting pretty on cloud nine, looking incredibly well.

I nudged Jesus. “What’s the deal?” I asked. “I’d love to hear your take. How’d all these sinners get up here? God must’ve made a mistake.

And why is everyone so quiet, so somber? Give me a clue!” “Hush, child,” Jesus replied. “They’re all in shock. No one here thought they’d ever see you!”

Judge not…

Be kind.

We’re all in this together!