The Vicar's View: Fr. Raj's Gospel Reflection for July 23, 2017
The reading from Wisdom speaks of God’s leniency, though he has all the power. He gives sinners time for repentance because though he is just, he is also merciful. Through this patience, God teaches humans how they must behave towards their fellow humans. The virtuous must be understanding towards others and slow to condemn. St. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa) says “if you judge people you have no time to love them”.
The second reading reminds us that the Spirit of God goes on empowering us in our prayers and in our weakness. So, we should be patient with ourselves and with others. “Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet” says J.J.Russo.
Finally, in the Gospel parable of the wheat and the weeds, Jesus presents a wise and patient God who allows the good and the evil to coexist in the world. Even the best or the expert farmers cannot remove the weeds without hurting the wheat when it is grown considerably well because their roots are entangled. Sometimes it is difficult to make out the good plants and the weeds. God’s ways are different than of ours. He blesses the evil ones for the little good they may have done, so that the evil ones may come to conversion before their time ends. God awaits repentant sinners, giving them the strength to acknowledge their weakness.
Today’s Gospel gives us the good news that God can change even “weeds” to wheat and that we should be patient. There is a lot of good in the worst of us and a lot of evil in the best of us. In other words, the best of us are still "weeds" in God's garden.
In God's garden, we have two responsibilities: to grow in grace and to share His Word and love with others.
May the Lord bless and strengthen you in this regard and have a wonderful weekend!