“All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats” (Matthew 25:32).
“I wanted to, but…,” “I meant to, but…,” “I intended to, but…” We have all used these, or some semblance of these phrases, to excuse our inaction. Today’s passage leaves none of us unscathed. Coming on the heels of the parable of the talents, the goats represent those condemned not for what they have done but what they have failed to do. It’s true. In life I have found that I soon get over the sins I have committed, while I am haunted by my sins of omission; the things I should have done but didn’t. I’m thankful for the grace extended to old goats.