- Judgement proceeds on the basis of not only what each has done but also on what was not done.
- Both groups, sheep and goat, are as surprised as each other that Jesus was present to them in their lives in the unlikely disguise of the hungry, thirsty, etc.
- Sheep and goats in the time of Jesus were virtually indistinguishable to a casual observer. Just as the criterion of judgement was a surprise, so too final membership was a surprise because salvation cannot be anticipated this side of God's judgement.
- The passage called each of us to greater vigilance and action on behalf of the needy and poor.
Not a bad result.