Reflection for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
In this season of Ordinary Time, and in the height of summer, we find perfect summer days marred by rain, wind, and weeds of all kinds. The parables Jesus offer us remind us that evil exists among the good: weeds among wheat, bad apples to torment the good ones. As disciples, we are yeast in the dough, meant to leaven the culture and affect the whole, to be instruments of God’s forgiveness, healing and salvation. And yet, even in us there are weeds of selfishness, deceit, fear and doubt. Just as God allows the weeds to grow among the crop, God allows our weaknesses to dwell alongside all the potential we have to serve Him. We will be measured at the end, the evil in us and in the world finally separated from the good. God sees it is good, as it is right now. Will we trust Him to pull the weeds at the appointed time, and give and receive forgiveness in the meantime? Can we appreciate the sunshine and heat, and make the most of the rain too?
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