July 23, 2017
(16th Sunday Ordinary Time, A)
Jesus told a parable about the interaction between good and evil: After a farmer sowed perfectly good wheat seed in his field and found weeds among the plants, his workers wanted to pull the weeds out. But the farmer replied, “if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, ‘First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.'” Mt_13:24-43
Life is full of weeds, beloved. Be it other people’s actions, illnesses, accidents, financial struggles, war, nature, attitudes, temptations . . . And sometimes there’s not a whole lot we can do about some of those weeds. Sometimes we just have to deal with them, carry our cross and follow Jesus (because trying to eliminate them might hurt us more than we can ever hurt them). But in carrying that cross, Jesus will strengthen us. He will protect us. And the hope and the promise is, that in the end, all those weeds will be destroyed and all that will be left is GOODNESS.
In the meantime, beloved, we must be very careful not to let the world turn us into just another weed in someone else’s garden! If we could be and remain the Good Seed that God planted, we will one day be reunited with Him in ways that we can’t even imagine. But we do know that it will all be GOOD!
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