Matthew 13: 36-43
Jesus dismissed the crowds and went into the
house. His disciples approached him and said, "Explain to us
the parable of the weeds in the field." He said
in reply, "He who sows good seed is the Son
of Man, the field is the world, the good seed
the children of the Kingdom. The weeds are the children
of the Evil One, and the enemy who sows them
is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the
age, and the harvesters are angels. Just as 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 who cause others to sin and all
evildoers. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where
there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. Then the
righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of
their Father. Whoever has ears ought to hear."
Introductory Prayer: Lord,
thank you for this new day. I believe that you
are present in my heart. I believe that you want
to give me your wisdom to live this life fruitfully.
I trust that your mercy will protect me as I
struggle against evil. I love you because you have overcome
evil by your cross and resurrection. I want to live
this moment of prayer as an intense moment to be
transformed by you.
Petition: Lord, help me to look forward to
your triumph with hope.
- He is Watching Us: The difference between
good and evil is not lost for God. He knows
the struggles we have to live goodness in this world
that is often so impregnated with evil. He assures us
that he sees the good that is done and will
give recompense for it. I should strive to live each
day knowing that I am seen by God and consistently
try to sow goodness in my life.
- The Limit of
Evil: When sometimes it seems like evil can triumph in
the world, we need to recognize that God has the
last say over evil. He mysteriously allows evil to exist
so that good can become purified. There will be a
moment when evil will be judged and will no longer
have power over our lives. If we have sowed goodness
with our lives and if we are living in God’s
grace, he will free us from the domain of evil
forever. Let us build up our confidence in the coming
of his kingdom. Let us use the struggle against evil
as a way to show the sincerity of our love.
- We Reap What We Sow: The assurance of Christ that
there will be a final judgment gives Christians both soberness
and joy in living their lives. We know our efforts
are not in vain. We realize that this life is
the short opportunity the Father gives us to do good
and prepare for our great destiny with him. When I
am tempted to lose patience in the fight, I must
remember that the struggles will soon be over, and God
will more than recompense for the sacrifices I have made
in following his will and promoting goodness in the world.
with Christ: Lord, I believe that you are in charge
of my life. I renew my trust in the triumph
of your holiness in my life. When I feel the
pull of evil in my heart, I will remember that
this life is short and that my struggle is precious
in your eyes. Help me to keep my eyes on
the happiness you are preparing for me.
Resolution: I will speak
about the joy of receiving the sacrament of reconciliation with
someone I meet today, planting in that person’s heart the
seed of the desire to receive this sacrament.