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 there.
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 my
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.
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.