16th Sunday OT – 2017


“Let them grow together until harvest”


Sometimes, we may wonder why God does allow the evil to exist and do so much wrong to so many people. Is God truly all-powerful?

Yes, God is allpowerful and God is merciful. He is merciful not to the evil ones but to his believers: “…if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them.

If we have ever tried to saw the wheat or something else, we know quite well that there will always be some weeds in between. And if the field is wide then in order to uproot the weeds, we would have to trample the wheat. It means, in order to destroy the evil we might kill some good. And this is not advisable.

Living along the evil – nothing good – is not an incentive to do and live the evil way. It is a challenge which needs to be overcome. This is a process, a way leading to perfection to which we are called by Jesus: “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect”. Conquering the challenges we gain the spirit of fortitude.

This isn’t easy, I know. But the easy road leads to destruction, and we may lose the eternal life. Is there, then, any help for us? What can we do in such a case? We need to take example of today’s story and wait until harvest, living a good life. Then the heavenly Father will send his angel “first to collect the weeds (the evil-doers) and tie them in bundles for burning and gather the wheat (good-doers) into his barn (the heavenly kingdom)

Try, by all means, to live as good as possible for you and trust God who will give you a proper reward.

Fr. Kgotsofalang SCJ


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