Homily (Reflection) for Saturday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (23rd July, 2016) on the Gospel
(Saint Bridget, Rel., or BVM on Saturday, Opt Mems)
Jer 7:1-11;Ps 83:3-6.8.11. (R. v. 2);
Topic: For barn or for burning.
Jesus tells us the parable of the weeds in today’s gospel. When everybody was sleeping, the enemy sowed weeds among the wheat someone had sown in his field. Although the servants wanted to uproot the weeds immediately they were sighted but the master said to them,
No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest... I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.
Just like in the parable of the sower, both the wheat and the weeds exist within. We see God in this parable as a very patient God. However, let no one be deceived. That God hasn’t punished does not mean He will never punish. Saint Peter rightly writes, “The Lord is not slow about his promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2Pt 3:9; cf. Ezek 33:11).
Spiritual drowsiness is very dangerous. The enemy sowed the weeds when everyone was sleeping. In the same vein, the devil always has it very easy when the children of God are sleeping. We must stop sleeping, cf. 1Thess 5:6).
Finally, let nobody count him/herself as a child of God when he/she is not. Saint John writes, “... whoever does not do right is not of God, nor he who does not love his brother” (1Jn 3:10). Are you wheat or weed?
Bible Reading: 1Jn 2:29–3:10.
Thought for today: Work towards barn or burning.
Let us pray: Lord, assist us in our effort to remain always your seeds – Amen.
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