LAST SUNDAY OF THE CHURCH YEAR – First Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17

Thus says the Lord GOD:  I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out.  12As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep.  I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness.  15I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord GOD.  16I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy.  I will feed them with justice.  17As for you, my flock, thus says the Lord GOD:  I shall judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and goats.