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THE GOOD MESSAGE OF
JESUS THE CHRIST
Synthesis
78

"When the human son comes in his glory
and all the angels with him,
then he will sit on his glorious throne;
all the nations will be gathered before him,
and he will separate them from each other,
as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats;
he will put the sheep on his right,
and the goats on his left.

"Then the king will say to those on his right,
'Come blessed ones of my Father,
inherit the kingdom prepared for you
from the foundation of the world.
For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat;
I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink;
I was a stranger, and you welcomed me;
I was naked, and you clothed me;
I was ailing, and you visited me;
I was in prison, and you came to me.'

"Then the just will answer him, 'Lord,
when did we see you hungering and feed you,
or thirsty and give you a drink?
When did we see you a stranger and welcome you,
or naked and clothe you?
When did we see you ailing or in prison and come to you?'

"The king will answer them,
'Amen, I tell you, as you did it
for one of the smallest of these brothers of mine,
you did it for me.'

"Then also he will say to those on the left,
'Go from me cursed ones into the eternal fire
prepared for the devil and his angels.
For I was hungry, and you did not give me anything to eat;
I was thirsty, and you did not give me a drink;
I was a stranger, and you did not welcome me;
I was naked, and you did not clothe me;
I was ailing and in prison, and you did not visit me.'

"Then they also will answer, 'Lord,
when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger
or naked or ailing or in prison and not minister to you?'

"Then he will answer them, 'Amen, I tell you,
as you did not do it for one of the smallest of these,
you did not do it for me.'

"These will go away into eternal punishment,
but the just into eternal life."

78. Parable of the Sheep and Goats Harmony 78 * Interpretation 78
79. The Light Harmony 79 * Synthesis 79 * Interpretation 79

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