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The Parable of the Wheat and Weed by Fr. Joel

matthew 13God created everything good on earth but the devil is making God’s creation bad. That is what this parable is teaching us today. The wheat is God’s creation which is very good, and the weed is the evil that the devil brings into our world. 1Peter 5:8 says, ‘’ be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your fellow believers throughout the world undergo the same sufferings’’.

Today the devil has devised several means of making our world bad. Our society has been so influenced that God is no longer given a place in our lives. Our world today makes us think of ourselves alone and any other person is not important. We think of only our own comfort, interest and satisfaction, and we do not care how others are faring. Some people can go to any length to ensure that evil is done in our society. They make it look good before our eyes and insist that we accept it. If we do not accept it they make life unbearable for us. Good examples are the issues of abortion, mercy killing, same sex marriage and avoiding mentioning God in public places. Many people are made to work on Sunday with no time to go to Church, some work all day and night so much so that they have no time for themselves and God. Others are made to work in places and do things against their beliefs and wishes. We are being forced day by day to do evil directly or indirectly by others because we depend on them for our survival. In other places, people are being killed and their property destroyed because they are Christians or believe in God. We also see all kinds of evils in our families and immediate environment. We see lack of love, peace and unity amongst family members. We see hatred, divorce, jealousy, unhealthy competition, selfishness and greed in our homes and families. The weed planted by the devil is growing fast and making life unbearable for many people today.

Unfortunately God is not willing to get rid of the weed. He is giving us more time to repent of our evils. That is, the mercy and compassion of our God. We must take advantage of his mercy and love and repent from our evil ways. Each one of us must repent from sin so that our world can truly be the kingdom of God where there is peace and love for everyone. Remember the Bible tells us that there is joy in heaven over the repentance of one sinner (Lk 15:7).

The other parables are: parable of the mustard seed and of the yeast. These two parables explain the growth of the kingdom of God from very humbled beginning to a state where it becomes a home for very many people. We should allow the seed of the word planted in us by God to grow and bear fruits that many people can experience love and peace in our world. Do not allow the weed planted by the devil to grow in your life so that you are not condemned on the last day.

 

SIXTHEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

 

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The Parable of the Kingdom of God by Fr. Joel

In the first reading today, prophet Isaiah says the word of God has the power to give life to people. It is like rain and snow that come down and does not return without watering the earth and making it fertile and fruitful. That is, making the soil produce food for the farmer. That is how the word of God is when it is planted in the hearts of men. It does not return empty handed without doing the will of God the father.

The gospel is about the parable of the sower. He planted seeds and they fell on four different types of soul: hard path, rocky, thorny and rich soils. The sower is Jesus and any messenger or prophet of God, the seeds are the words of God, and the different soils are human minds and hearts.

The seeds germinate and grow in some soils but not in other soils. Why is it so? It depends on whether or not the conditions of those soils are favorable to the seeds. Why do people refuse to believe in God? It depends on how their minds and hearts (soils) welcome and allow the seeds planted in them to bear fruits. The rich minds and hearts (soils) produce good harvest in the church and society. The four groups of people received the gospel message; those minds like the hard path are those who soon after hearing the word of God, allows the devil to take it away from them. Those like the rocky soil allow them to germinate but do not allow them grow deep because of the hard nature of their minds. Those like the thorny soil are those who receive the word with joy but temptations and distractions of worldly pleasures do not allow it to grow and bear fruits. While those that fall on the rich soil are those who accept the word and allow it to germinate, grow deep roots and bear much fruits in their lives.

Base on this parable are you? Are you a soil or seed or a sower? You can be all of these in different ways. Sowers include: Bishops, priests, deacons, religious, parents, religious teachers and any disciple of Jesus. Being a seeds include, any time we die to ourselves in order to give others life. Parents make sacrifices to give their children good things and future. Teachers and instructors put in hours to train others to succeed in life. Friends and neighbors assist each other to achieve success in life. As soils, our responses to the word of God correspond to, at least, one of the soil type mentioned early. What kind of soil are you? Are you a hard path, rocky, thorny or rich soil? If you think you are a rich soil, how would you rate your fruits? Is it 100%, 60% or 30%?

FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME