Gospel Reflection | Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading

Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying:
"The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man
who sowed good seed in his field.
While everyone was asleep his enemy came
and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.
When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well.
The slaves of the householder came to him and said,
'Master, did you not sow good seed in your field?
Where have the weeds come from?'
He answered, 'An enemy has done this.'
His slaves said to him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?'
He replied, 'No, 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 13:24-30


Praised be Jesus Christ!

In today's Gospel, Jesus is foreshadowing the end of the ages, the end of the world. The image is that of a good crop that is sabotaged by having weeds sown in. Isn't this our daily reality where the good and the bad share the same society?

In His mercy, Our Lord allows everyone to grow. Through free will, we decide whether to choose the good or the bad. Our Lord is patient, and allows even those who choose evil to repent and seek forgiveness. He gives us the opportunity to become believers right to the very end. If, at the end, we still have not embraced the salvation offered us, we should expect a harsh judgment.

To those who already embrace Jesus and His teachings, He nourishes us with His Body and Blood so that we may be even more fruitful.

The parable shows that Jesus offers us the chance to spiritually transform ourselves from weeds to a bountiful crop. We do that by living a virtuous life and participating in the sacramental life of the Church (especially the Holy Eucharist and Penance).

Today, let us recommit ourselves to living a virtuous and holy life so that can be counted among the abundant harvest of God's garden.

As always, know of my prayers before Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

+Bishop Schlert


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