Jul 19, 2020 – 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time

“Allowing God to be God in our Lives – the Ultimate Judge and Defeater of all evil!”

(Based on Wis 12:13, 16-19, Rom 8:26-27 and Mt 13:24-43 – 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time)

One of the most baffling and mysterious aspect in our world is the active & dynamic presence of evil in this world.

Today the Lord Jesus ventures into opening His mind on this crucial Reality of our lives….

Last Sunday, we were with the Generous Sower, who was madly liberal in sowing on different types of soil and which had their corresponding results.

This week, we are back to the field….
But our deliberation is not on the Sower or the
… but on the presence of Weeds among the Wheat.

Let the botany in us, focus today on The Weeds…. the Irritable Weeds!

Botanically named Lolium temulentum, the weeds are also called Darnel or Tares.

These weeds have a characteristic of making one feel poisoned with drunkenness, when consumed.
They also have the deceptive characteristic of bearing a close resemblance to Wheat. In fact, these weeds are also called as False Wheat!

So the enemy in the parable…is a Learned Deceiver…

He sows this deceptive and misleading weed among the innocent and harmless wheat!

But the Lord, the Ultimate Judge gives out a strong, yet strange command, “Let the weeds not be pulled up, lest the wheat be uprooted with them; let them just grow together until harvest!” (Mt 13:29-30)

Some mysteries in life cannot be fully understood…
… but they are to be boldly lived

Some struggles in life cannot be totally eliminated…
… but they are to be bravely challenged

Some problems in life cannot be completely solved…
… but they are to be fearlessly encountered

Here is another hard reality to be digested:
God uses the very wickedness and injustices of evildoers to perfect his Elect.

As the saying goes: “God writes straight, even with crooked lines!”

The triumph and prosperity of the wicked are short-lived…
…whereas the reward of the Christian who suffer from their wickedness is everlasting.

Hard and Unpopular and even Impractical statement, right?

But Facts remain facts – we consent or not!

This leads us to a vital aspect of our Practical Christian Living: To be Patient with ourselves and with others…
… in dealing with sin, with unacceptable practices, with unalterable addictions, with evil tendencies, with horrifying obsessions and with abominable disgraces.

… we lose our cool in finding ourselves to be imperfect and sinful even after years of trying
… we have our blood boiling seeing the various scandals and shameful incidents in the Church
… we bite our teeth in anger glaring at the atrocities and inhumanness in our society and the world
… we go mad in encountering silly disputes and appalling indifferences in our families & communities

But the Lord says: “Hold On….!”

Do your best…and leave the rest to Me!
Aim for perfection….but be not saddened by scandals…

This certainly is no excuse for us to deny our duty and responsibility and even an obligation to avoid wickedness and dissuade evil practices.

But we may never find ourselves in PERFECT elimination of evil and sinful behaviours…
… either in our personal life, or societal life or even in the life of the church.

The Ultimate Eliminator is the Lord Himself…
The Supreme Conqueror is the Lord Himself!

Is it all too abstract, theoretical & impractical talks?…
… NO!

St Paul gives an assurance in Romans 8:26-27:
“The Spirit comes to our aid in our weaknesses. He Himself will intercede for us, when we co-operate with Him.”

And God Who is all-powerful shares His Omnipotence with us…
… in the Holy Sacraments
… in Prayer
… in the Bible
… and in the Church

Let us tap this power of God, and be strengthened in our lives!

Let us try to do our utmost….but let us also permit to encounter disappointments…!
Let us strive for the finest….but let us fret not too much over failures and frustrations…!

The Lord knows all.

The Lord sees all.
The Lord has the perfect solution to all.

St Faustina would say…”our sins and weaknesses and miseries are like little sticks, before the burning furnace of the Love of God”.

Let us throw our little sticks into this burning furnace…

Let God be God in our Lives – the Ultimate Judge and Defeater of all evil!”

God Bless! Live Jesus!

Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “We have freedom to do good or evil; yet to make choice of evil, is not to use…
… but to abuse our freedom.

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit!”

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