From the Desk of Father Mac
of Ordinary Time
My Dear Friends in Christ,
I would hazard to guess that
a number of you are gardeners. Why, you may be wondering, does the
man in today’s Gospel tell his workers not to pull up the weeds in
his field? There will be a time for that later, he says: at harvest
time. Until then, he orders, let them grow together.
Jesus is saying that is how I act and that is how God acts –
like this farmer. This is in contrast to the widely held belief on
the part of many faithful Jews of Jesus’ time who believed that when
the promised Messiah came, he would render judgement on people. Yet,
as we know, when Jesus came, he did not judge. He ate with sinners.
He proclaimed God’s love for all. Jesus healed people, without
investigating whether they had repented of their sins or not.
When Jesus did speak of judgment, he made it clear that this
would come later. And it would be based largely on how people
responded to God’s freely given love (See
Matthew 25:31-46). Jesus’ message – proclaiming God’s love
first, and reserving judgment for a later time – is important for
all of us.
It reminds us to leave the judgment to God, for
only God can see people’s hearts. If God chooses to delay his work
of final judgment, it is for the reason given in our first reading:
God’s mastery over all things makes him lenient to all.
God can afford to be merciful because he is all-powerful.
Today’s Gospel parable of the weeds and the seeds tells us of God’s
patience. It warns us not to be less patient than God. Jesus says to
let the weeds and wheat grow side by side until the harvest day.
Yes, that means that good and evil will continue to exist side by
side in our world. The kingdom of God that Jesus proclaims today
reflects God’s patient desire that we repent and turn to him so we
may be saved.
In other words, God never gives up on us. He is
ever-willing to forgive and is always seeking to draw us back to
himself. It reminds us also that just as God freely and generously
loves and forgives us, so we must be patient, gentle and loving to
those we encounter throughout our daily lives.
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