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
Petition: Lord, help me to look forward to your
triumph with hope.
1. 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
2. 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.
3. 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.
Conversation 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.