July 17, 2005
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings: Wisdom 12: 13, 16-19, Psalm 86, romans 8: 26-27, Matthew 13: 24-43
The Gospel this week reminds me of a scene from the Holocaust movie, “Schindler’s List.” Oscar Schindler is speaking with the commander of the camp in which Jewish men and women are held, tortured, killed. The commander is a particularly cruel man, who kills the Jews at a whim. Schindler tells the commander that true power doesn’t mean just taking life, but also the ability to grant life through forgiveness. Despite a weak attempt at “forgiving,” the commander cannot get beyond his need to feel power by taking life.
A particularly poignant thought is that our God has the power both to give life and to take it. Our God could simply wipe us out of existence if he so chose. Our God does not have to be patient with us, forgiving our sins, giving us opportunity after opportunity, grace after grace, to turn back to him. Remembering this can create a healthy “fear of God” in us.
In the parable that Jesus tells, the seeds that turn to weeds are such that they look exactly like the seeds that would grow into wheat. As the two seeds grow, they look exactly alike. The only way to tell which is weed and which is wheat is to wait to see the fruit that each seed produces. It is to save the wheat that keeps the farmer from destroying all the crops. If it were harvested too early, some of the wheat would be destroyed, while some of the weeds would be spared. Let us never be too quick to judge someone who we think is a weed; that person may just turn out to be wheat.
God is very generous with us, so we should be generous with each other.
Another aspect of this is that we can fall into the trap of seeing another person as completely a weed or as completely a wheat. The fact is, however, that if we look into ourselves, we can see that both weed and wheat can exist in one person. Within each of us, there is the weed of sin and the wheat of good works. Before we point the finger too much at another, we should take care of our own garden first.
What weeds in our own lives do we still need to uproot, in order to make more room for the wheat of our good works to show?
List of all Reflections:
|09/24/2014||26th Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|09/23/2014||25th Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|02/11/2014||Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|01/29/2014||Presentation of the Lord|
|01/22/2014||Third Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|01/15/2014||Second Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|01/09/2014||The Baptism of the Lord|
|12/11/2013||Third Sunday in Advent|
|10/30/2013||October 6, 2013|
|10/23/2013||October 27, 2013|
|10/16/2013||October 20, 2013|
|10/09/2013||October 13, 2013|
|09/23/2013||September 29, 2013|
|08/21/2013||August 25, 2013 - 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|10/31/2012||November 4, 2012 - Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|10/24/2012||October 28, 2012-Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|10/17/2012||October 21, 2012-Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|02/29/2012||Second Sunday of Lent|
|01/18/2012||Third Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|08/17/2010||August 22, 2010|
|08/12/2010||Assumption of Mary|
The Birthday of the Church|
|05/29/2008||Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|10/16/2006||29th Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|10/13/2006||28th Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|06/28/2006||Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|01/23/2006||January 29th, 2006|
|01/16/2006||January 22nd, 2006|
|01/09/2006||January 15th, 2006|
|12/28/2005||New Years Day|
|11/21/2005||First Sunday of Advent|
|11/14/2005||Solemnity of Christ the King|
|11/09/2005||November 13, 2005|
|09/27/2005||October 2, 2005|
|09/19/2005||September 25, 2005|
|09/13/2005||September 18, 2005|
|09/05/2005||September 11, 2005|
|08/31/2005||September 4, 2005|
|07/11/2005||July 17, 2005|
|07/07/2005||July 10, 2005|
|07/06/2005||July 3, 2005|
|06/21/2005||June 26, 2005|
|06/14/2005||June 19th, 2005|
|05/23/2005||Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ|
|05/16/2005||Holy Trinity Sunday|
|05/05/2005||May 8, 2005|
|04/26/2005||May 1st, 2005|
|04/18/2005||Fifth Sunday of Easter|
|04/11/2005||Fourth Sunday of Easter|
|04/06/2005||THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER|
|04/06/2005||Divine Mercy Sunday|
|04/05/2005||Holy Thursday Homily|
|03/25/2005||The Passion of John|
|03/07/2005||FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT|
|02/28/2005||Fourth Sunday of Lent|
|02/23/2005||Third Sunday of Lent|
|02/14/2005||Second Sunday of Lent|
|02/10/2005||First Sunday of Lent|
|01/31/2005||Feb. 6, 2005|
|01/24/2005||January 30th, 2005|
|01/17/2005||January 23, 2005|
|01/10/2005||January 16, 2005|
|01/05/2005||January 9th, 2005|
|01/02/2005||January 2, 2005|
|12/28/2004||Mary, Mother of God - Jan. 1st|
|12/26/2004||Feast of the Holy Family|
|12/13/2004||Fourth Sunday of Advent
Readings: Isaiah 7:10-14. Psalm 24: 1-6.
Romans 1:1-7. Matthew 1:18-24.|
|12/06/2004||Third Sunday of Advent
Readings: Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10. Psalm 146:6-10.
James 5:7-10. Matthew 11:2-11.
|12/01/2004||Second Sunday of Advent
Readings: Isaiah 11:1-10. Psalm 72, 1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17.
Romans 15:4-9. Matthew 3: 1-12|
|11/29/2004||First Sunday of Advent
Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5. Psalm 122:1-9.
Romans 13:11-14. Matthew 24:37-44.|
|11/22/2004||The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King
2 Samuel 5:1-3, Psalm 122:1-5,
Colossians 1:12-20, Luke 23:35-43|