July 28 2022 Gospel Reflection

7/28/2022 Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 13:47-53

Jesus said to the disciples:
47 “The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind.
48 When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away.
49 Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous
50 and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”
51 “Do you understand all these things?” They answered, “Yes.”
52 And he replied, “Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.”
53 When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from there.

7/28/2022 Today’s Gospel Reflection: Matthew 13:47-53

Jesus compared the kingdom of God to a net thrown by fishermen to the sea. It catches all kinds of fish including the good and the bad. In the end, only the good ones are gathered. The rest are thrown away.

The parable is a good reminder that Jesus is calling everyone to become part of His body – the church. Yet, not every member of the church is converted. Still, God’s mercy is upon the good and the not so good just as the sun shines on the good and the bad (Matthew 5:45). That is why we have no right to reject anyone. Even Jesus Himself does not send away anyone who comes to Him (John 6:37).

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“Do you understand all of these things”, Jesus asks in verse 51. We pray for help that the Holy Spirit will grant everyone the gift of knowledge and wisdom so that we can be able to understand the Word as revealed through the scriptures as well as discern the things that are happening in our midst including those within the church.

In verse 52, Jesus wanted the scribes to understand and accept the new truth that He was teaching them just as they embrace the truth of the Old Testament. Today, there are many different and often conflicting perspectives regarding the path that the church will traverse. We listen to the position of conservatives as well as the liberals. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, may we continue to be united even as we try to do the delicate task of balancing different point of views.

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