Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Reflection: Matthew 13:36-43

Tuesday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time – Matthew 13:36-43

In today’s Gospel reading, the disciples ask Jesus to explain the parable of the weeds in the field. Jesus tells his disciples that the Son of Man (Jesus) sows only good seed in the fields.  The good seeds are “the children of the kingdom and they bear abundant fruit.”  Then Jesus tells his disciples that the weeds in the field are the children of the Evil One.  The enemy who sows the weeds is the Devil. When it is time to harvest the crop, the weeds should be cut down, collected, and then burned.

What is the message that we are to glean from this reading?  This Gospel is not an inviting passage.  However, this reading may prompt us to pause and reflect on our lives.   Today I invite you to take the five or ten minutes and think about your life.   Ask yourself:  Am I sowing weeds or wheat in my daily life?  What are the areas of my life in which there appears to be more wheat than weeds?  Where in my life are there more weeds than wheat?   Then pause for a moment and ask yourself:  What do I want to do change in my life?  

I seriously doubt that any of us are striving to produce poor harvest.  However, weeds have a way of encroaching into areas of our lives without our noticing them right away.  If we are not mindful and alert to their presence, they may begin to cause us pain, disappointment, or damage to us or to important individuals in our lives in some way.

Today I invite you to sit and reflect on this image of the “weeds and the wheat.”  Identify the weeds in your life.  How deeply rooted are your weeds?  Do you wish to uproot your weeds and allow good seeds to grow?

After you do this, sit and talk with Jesus! Ask him to help you root out the weeds in your life.  Trust Jesus!  He will not fail you! 

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