Saturday, July 22, 2017

07-23-17 -- 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

July 23, 2017 - 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A 
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church



Good and bad are together everywhere in the world. Remember school? There were good and bad people there. There was the school bully but there was also that quiet guy who never fought back.

And what about work? There are good and bad people there. There’s the person who is honest and trustworthy and helpful and the person who is willing to lie and steal and cheat and make trouble for everyone.

It’s even in the church. There are good and bad priests and bishops.

But the good and bad is not just out there. It’s in here too. There is good and bad in each of us.

There is a struggle going on inside us all the time. Right?

Sometimes we give the evil out there more time and attention than it deserves and we fail to pay attention to the bad inside.

Jesus’ parable of the weeds and the wheat challenges us to pay attention to the weeds within. But Jesus cautions us about trying to pull up all those weeds.

What happens when people want to grow in their spiritual lives? I think they try to pull up all the weeds and when they do that, some wheat comes too.

For a time everything appears to be ok, better than ok. They seem to have made some progress in their spiritual life.

Then what happens? After some time, the weeds are back with a vengeance. Sound familiar? I’ve seen it over and over again and I’ve even experienced it myself.

Let’s look at the parable again for some insights. The weeds and the wheat grow together until the harvest. They must grow together side by side. If the weeds are pulled, the wheat might be pulled as well.

The Lord is patient with us allowing us time to pay more attention to the life-giving wheat rather than the life-choking weeds.

God gives us time to show that we choose wheat over weeds, good over evil. We should focus on the wheat, concentrating our efforts on improving our lives for the better.

We could pay less attention to the weeds and more attention to the wheat. If we are working hard on doing what is good and right and just, we don’t have as much time to fall into temptation.

As this happens, the wheat becomes stronger and richer and produces a bountiful harvest.

And the weeds are eventually collected, thrown on the fire and burned.

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