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Welcome to the Fifth Week of Lent!

As we journey through this Lenten season, we reflect on our lives, seeking growth in our relationship with Christ. This week, we delve into the Parable of the Sheep and Goats as told by Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew. This parable challenges us to reflect on how we live out our faith in anticipation of the return of Jesus.


The Parable of the Sheep and Goats is found in Matthew 25:31-46. Jesus tells this story to illustrate the importance of living out our faith through compassionate actions. He describes a scene in which the Son of Man separates the people into two groups, like a shepherd separating sheep and goats. The sheep represent those who have cared for the least among them. The goats, however, represent people who lack compassion and care for others.

This parable serves as a call to action for those awaiting the return of Jesus. It emphasizes the importance of living out our faith through acts of love, mercy, and justice.

Daily Readings

As we explore this theme, let's dive into five daily Bible readings that expand on how we can embody the spirit of the Parable of the Sheep and Goats while we wait for Jesus.

  1. Monday: Micah 6:8 - God requires us to "act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly" with Him. As we await the return of Jesus, we should strive to live out these values in our daily lives.
  2. Tuesday: James 2:14-17 - James teaches that faith without works is dead. In order to demonstrate our faith, we must also be committed to serving others and meeting their needs.
  3. Wednesday: 1 John 3:17-18 - Love in action is the theme of this passage. It is not enough to merely express love verbally; we must also show it through our actions.
  4. Thursday: Galatians 6:9-10 - Here, we are encouraged not to grow weary in doing good. Even when it is difficult, we must persevere in our efforts to care for others.
  5. Friday: Matthew 5:13-16 - Jesus calls us to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Our actions should reflect the love and compassion of Christ, making a positive difference in the lives of others.

Live It Out

As we reflect on these readings, here are three practical ways we can embody the spirit of the Parable of the Sheep and Goats in our daily lives:

  1. Serve the vulnerable: Jesus identifies with those who are hungry, thirsty, strangers, naked, sick, and imprisoned. In serving these individuals, we serve Christ himself. Look for opportunities to volunteer with local organizations that serve those in need, such as food pantries, homeless shelters, or nursing homes.
  2. Practice generosity: Look for opportunities to share your resources with those who are struggling. This could involve donating money to a charity, giving away clothing or household items, or providing a meal for someone in need. Remember that even small acts of kindness can make a significant difference in someone's life.
  3. Cultivate a heart of compassion: As we go about our daily lives, let's strive to cultivate a heart of compassion for those around us. This can involve actively seeking to understand the needs of others and offering empathy, support, and encouragement. Pray for God to open your eyes to the needs around you and guide you in offering His love and care to those you encounter.


The Parable of the Sheep and Goats calls us to live lives of active faith, demonstrating the love of Jesus through acts of compassion, justice, and mercy. As we continue our journey through the Lenten season, let us be challenged and inspired by this parable to live out our faith in tangible ways. In doing so, we prepare our hearts and lives for the return of Jesus, confident that our actions align with His heart for the least of these.

As we wait for Jesus, may we be found among the sheep, faithfully serving Him by caring for those in need. Let us be the salt of the earth and the light of the world, embodying the love and compassion of Christ in our daily lives. And in doing so, may we draw ever closer to the heart of God during this season of Lent and beyond.