Matthew 13: 47-53
Jesus said to his disciples: "The
Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the
sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is
full they haul it ashore and sit down to put
what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw
away. Thus it will be at the end of the
age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked
from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. "Do
you understand all these things?" They answered, "Yes." And he
replied, "Then every scribe who has been instructed in the
Kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household
who brings from his storeroom both the new and the
old." When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe
in your power. I know that you are the Lord
of all history. I trust that you are guiding my
life. Thank you for showing me that you will triumph.
Thank you for the triumph you have already achieved in
my heart and in the hearts of so many people.
I want to allow you to have total control over
Petition: Lord, help me
to have confidence in the triumph of your Kingdom.
1. Nothing Escapes the Kingdom: Christ is
reminding us that all souls and all human history are
encompassed in the vision of the Father. Both the good
and the bad will be brought before him. He is
able to see what good and evil has been done.
His power extends over all the failures and successes of
human history. I should live with a confidence that God
sees the good I do and will make my efforts
to spread his love bear eternal fruit.
2. Evil Does Not Have the Last Word: I
should live with the confidence that evil does not have
the last word. The mercy of God has imposed a
limit on evil and the Lord will come one day
to take away the power of evil. I should use
my short time on earth – which I should use
today – to sow all the good I can, aware
that this is what will stand steady at the coming
of the eternal kingdom. I should not be so impressed
by evil that it paralyzes me from doing good.
3. Already Home: The Eucharist is an
anticipation of God’s triumph. There we learn to trust that
God holds the strings of human history. There his “net
of love” brings his children together to feed and strengthen
them. When I participate in the Mass my confidence in
the Lord’s providence should grow. I should strive to bring
others to the Eucharist as well, so they can experience
the peace and happiness of anticipating heaven here on earth.
Conversation with Christ: Lord, I know
you are all powerful. I believe that your Kingdom will
triumph. I believe that you will come to judge the
living and the dead. Help me to do all I
can to bring others into your Kingdom so they can
experience the joy that comes from knowing you and from
living ready for the coming of your Kingdom.
Resolution: I will invite someone who is struggling
in their faith or who has fallen away from the
sacraments to join me this Sunday at Mass.