Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals with your horns until you scattered them far and wide, I will save my flock, and they shall no longer be ravaged; and I will judge between sheep and sheep.
I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken. Reflection by Janet Derby My children went to a preschool that had some farm animals, including a few sheep. One of them was rather large and mean. He would occasionally knock a child over. My son Matthew will still tell stories of how afraid he was of Wooly B and how he terrorized the students. It certainly was not in keeping with image of gentleness that we usually see in Scripture. Wooly B definitely represented the fat sheep referred to by Ezekiel. Still, this passage assures us that God will provide a good shepherd to watch over the vulnerable. We can be confident that God wants desires faithfulness and justice from each of us.
God of Justice and Protection, Thank you for caring for us as the shepherd cares for his sheep. Help us to be your caretakers on Earth by protecting the weak and defenseless. Amen.