Weeds in our midst
July 31, 2019
17th Week in Ordinary Time
1st Reading: Ex 34:29-35
Jesus sent the crowds away and went into the house. And his disciples came to him saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He answered them, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world; the good seed are the people of the Kingdom; the weeds are those who follow the evil one. The enemy who sows them is the devil; the harvest is the end of time and the workers are the angels.
Just as the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so will it be at the end of time. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom all that is scandalous and all who do evil. And these will be thrown in the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the just will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Fa ther. If you have ears, then hear.”
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
Husband complains to wife: “Someone stole money from my wallet.” Wife retorts: “And you are accusing me?” Husband is sure that their only child did it. “What makes you so sure I did not do it?” wife inquires. The husband explains: “The thief did not empty my wallet.”
Husband must have known the wife had been pilfering from his wallet. But he waited for one hilarious moment to confront her in a non-offensive manner. Do we still have spouses who are willing to go through the rigors of active-non-violence to diffuse evil in their marital relationships? Many couples are merely coexisting like weeds and wheat to one another. But wait…weren’t these couples blessed by the Lord at the altar of marriage? What business does evil have in relationships blessed by God?
If relationships blessed from the start are not immune to evil, what can be said of human coexistence? Our experience with evil is too loud to ignore.To appease our minds we have invented the principle called “gaba” (karma) where we expect God to raise his heavy hand of justice against evil perpetrators. Then we are disappointed to find out that “gaba” is inconsistent with God’s nature. God is good all the time! Destruction of people, even if evil, is simply not his cup of tea.
But God is in control. He still writes well using crooked lines. God’s grace can turn coexistence with evil people into fertile moments of growth in faith. If we respond well, we do not only grow stronger in faith but also convert evil people to God’s side. If you were the wife of such a respectful, prudent, and non-violent husband in the anecdote above, would you continue pilfering from his wallet? By his love you’d be converted! – (Atty.) Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., D.M.
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