July 27, 2021
Mt 13: 36-43
Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age.
The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Weeding your spiritual garden
In today’s Gospel we are left with an ominous warning about the end of the age where “all causes of sin and evildoers” will be collected and thrown into the furnace of fire. Though this may seem a bit scary to hear, it may also help be a call to action. One does not need to wait until the end of the age to start pulling the weeds of sin. For anyone who has ever cared for a lawn, you know if one does not pull the weeds out by the root, the weeds will spread and spread quickly. Pulling weeds is not fun yet it is an essential task for a healthy lawn. Likewise looking at our sinful behavior is not fun but very necessary for a healthy soul. Doing a daily Examen can be an effective way of noticing sin in our lives and pulling it out by the root before it spreads. What sins in my life need immediate attention and need to be pulled before they spread? What seems to be the root of this sin?
Lord, please give me the strength today to live a life centered on you.
I seek forgiveness for the times I fall short and patience and love for those I encounter today.
—Br. Pat Douglas, SJ▲
THE POPE'S PRAYERS
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