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Monday, March 14, 2011

Goats n Sheep


"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left."

Have you ever asked your self what is the difference between Goats & Sheep than?? I have been ... i guess ever since i read this passage from young but never really went to do a search n reflection on it..... I had a bit of time to do research today & I kinda tot it might be nice to share my tots n findings with you.

This started me thinking about what the difference between these 2 wonderful creatures while God had created. The first thing that differs them is the looks of these 2 creatures. The goat is more slender while the sheep is fluffy-ier. In fact the goat has hairs while the sheep has fleece. (you remember the rhyme "Mary had a little lamb .. its fleece were white as snow") A goats tail stands up while a sheep's hangs down. The horns of a goat is narrower, more upright and less carved to that of a sheep. A goat has a beard while sheep has a mane.

But like people always say, looks is only skin deep but what lies beyond that matters most...

Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’

Goats are curious by nature and are quite independent whereas the sheep prefers to stay in its flock. Goat are always found in abundance in the wild whereas all accounts of the sheep are domesticated suggesting the greater symbiotic relationship with mankind. When people are independent, they tend to be more self righteous, they think they know it all, hence they move off from their herds, making it difficult for shepherds to herd them together when grazing is over. Furthermore, when wolves come (MR S.A. TAN), making it easier for the wolves to attack all the "independent" individuals.

Their eating habits differs too. Goats are typically browsers, feeding on leaves, shrubs, twigs and vines. This would than spoil the crops of most farmers and it would also be troublesome for farmers to have to grow such crops for the goats to feed on where as Sheep on the other hand loves to graze on the grass clover which is easier to look for & shepherds just needs to look for greener pastures.

A sheep also gives us wool while the goat has doesn't. Providing for people would be the duty of the sheep and similarly to us humans we are called to do the same. Feeding the hungry, Quenching the thirsty, welcoming the sick & clothing the naked. Many of us do take this literally, but in fact, as much as yes we are to do the above stated, but it is beyond what it is.

Feeding the hungry people who are starving, who are under nourished from the spiritual food, and for those who are thirsting for the kingdom of God and for his words but are lost somewhere in the wilderness or even lured in by the glamours SOCIETY, For those who are outcasted, those social rejects of the society and those being mocked at school everyday, or even at work. How are we reaching out to these people? How than are we Clothing those who have been striped off their dignity? who have been made naked by the words others used on them? Or are we the source of their nakedness?

Though they look quite similar and bleat the same way there are pretty much differences between the 2 species and have distinct and separate traits of their own .

How than can we be a source of hope & light to people this Lent? Today's reading also mentions the ways in which we must lead our lives, by example for the people around us. Not to tear people down, not to hurt others not to bring disharmony into people's life and not to be the source of them committing such sins.

“You shall not steal.
You shall not lie or speak falsely to one another.
You shall not swear falsely by my name,
thus profaning the name of your God.
I am the LORD.

“You shall not defraud or rob your neighbor.
You shall not withhold overnight the wages of your day laborer.
You shall not curse the deaf,
or put a stumbling block in front of the blind,
but you shall fear your God.
I am the LORD.

“You shall not act dishonestly in rendering judgment.
Show neither partiality to the weak nor deference to the mighty,
but judge your fellow men justly.
You shall not go about spreading slander among your kin;
nor shall you stand by idly when your neighbor’s life is at stake.
I am the LORD.

“You shall not bear hatred for your brother in your heart.
Though you may have to reprove him,
do not incur sin because of him.
Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against your fellow countrymen.
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
I am the LORD."

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