July 23 2022 Gospel Reflection

7/23/2022 Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 13:24-30

24 Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds. “The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
25 While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.
26 When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well.
27 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?’
28 He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
29 He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them.
30 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.”

7/23/2022 Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 13:24-30

The Parable of the Weeds

In this world, there are good seeds that grow into food (wheat) and there are bad seeds that will try to choke or destroy the good plant. They are the weeds. The good seeds come from God while the seeds of the weeds come from the enemy.

In our community, there are also members who sometimes act as the bad seeds. Yet, it is not job to uproot them or send them away. With constant prayers and reminders, they might change and become good.

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There is an on-going battle in the heart of men and in the world as a whole. God planted goodness, His words, but the enemy, the devil, also sowed the opposite in order to confused or frustrate His plan of salvation. The battle is not yet finished but we have the assurance that goodness will prevail in the end of time and the enemy will be defeated.

In the meantime, we have to be patient while the “wheat” is growing. It will take a little more time for the “weeds” to be defeated. While waiting for the complete annihilation of the enemy, we need to be vigilant and continue to sow good “wheat seeds” that can grow and be harvested in order to fill the hunger of this world for the food that gives eternal life.

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