16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Theme: "Weeds among the Wheat"

The world is like a field in which wheat and weeds grow side by side.

The Church is the same, and so is each one of us. Each one of us a mixture of good and evil. We are not Saints or Angels but neither are we devils.  We are in the process of becoming Saints and Jesus will make us saints by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Today we called to look in the fields of our lives and see what is growing there. We are called to turn to Christ who alone will help us to overcome the evil that is within us. He came to teach us the difference between good and evil.  He is patient with us when we do evil. He calls us to repent and be good and nice people. He teaches us that our heavenly Father is the final judge of people and He does it with mercy and in love.

The first reading from the book of Wisdom 12: 13, 16-19. Shows that God is the only one who has both knowledge and the power to root out evil people if He so desired. Does He? This reading talks about His leniency and mercy. We ought to imitate Him.

The second reading from St. Paul's letter to the Romans 8:26-27, says that when we pray to God, we don't seem to be able to find the right words to express what is in our minds. It doesn't matter.  God still understands. 

The Gospel according to St. Mathew 13:24-43. The Church and indeed the world are like a field in which wheat and weeds grow side by side until they are separated at the harvest time.

Christ's parable presents a picture of the world which even a child could grasp. Every body knows that the world is made up of good people and bad people. Like the wheat and weeds in the field. 

Some people are scandalised that sinners remain in the Church but are less scandalised when they themselves commit sins and remain in the Church.  

Jesu Christ said that the kingdom of God is a mixture of saints and sinners. If God would mark our guilty, who would survive?

God calls us not to rush into judging others, branding them as sinners because we are not Saints either.  We should leave the judgement to God. 

In every human heart there is good and evil. Jesus didn't weed Judy's who betrayed Him, He didn't weed Peter who denied Him. Let us learn to tolerate people because God tolerates us, to forgive people because God forgives us, to be nice, kind to people because God is nice and kind to us.


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