Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel: Mt 13: 24-30

Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds. “The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off. When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well. The slaves of the householder came to him and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

CHOICES HAVE CONSEQUENCES: A covenant is an agreement between God and people where God makes promises and demands certain conduct from the people. The choice to honor the covenant is the choice to receive the promises and the choice to dishonor is to reject the promises. After Moses read the book of the covenant the Israelites chose to follow it and therefore the covenant was sealed with the blood. In the gospel we see the existence of two crops in one farm that is likened to the Kingdom of God. The good crop planted by the farmer is a covenant with him while the weed is a covenant with the enemy. The farmer is God and the enemy is the devil. Our covenant is with God sealed with the blood of Jesus and our reward is eternal life.

PRAYER: We pray for the grace of God to guide many to choose Jesus.