Jesus said to his disciples, «Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a big fishing net let down into the sea, in which every kind of fish has been caught. When the net is full, it is dragged ashore. Then they sit down and gather the good fish in buckets, but throw the worthless ones away. That is how it will be at the end of time; the angels will go out to separate the wicked from the just and throw them into the blazing furnace, where they will weep and gnash their teeth». Jesus asked, «Have you understood all these things?». «Yes», they answered. So He said to them, «You will see that every teacher of the Law who becomes a disciple of the Kingdom is like a householder who can produce from his store things both new and old». When Jesus had finished these parables, He left the place.
Judgment day does terrifies us to the core of our life. In our childhood catechism we were told that if you do mistakes God will punish us. Many of us have grown with this fear. Though fear of God is something to be desired, the same fear without knowing how much God loves us, end up very tragically.
What is the heart of today’s gospel message for our application? It is the question of discernment. Do I discern my words and acts according to the divine discernment, like the angels of the Lord? Jesus seems to insist in this parable that the Kingdom of God is justice. The divine justice is measured the depth of our love for God and how we express this love for our brothers and sisters. Love is the only measure of divine judgment.
There is an important message in the first reading: we are the clay in the hand of the Lord. In every discernment we should be well aware that God forms us through our daily events of life. Thus every moment of life is important. Placing everything in front of God, and looking all with an eye of God, filled with love and mercy, our discernment will be closer to the divine discernment. Slowly, we will become the true image of God, as God so willed, right from the beginning of the creation.
«They gather the good fish in buckets, but throw the worthless ones away»
Fr. Ferran JARABO i Carbonell
(Agullana, Girona, Spain)
Today, the Gospel is a vital call to conversion. Jesus does not spare us the hard reality: «The angels will go out to separate the wicked from the just and throw them into the blazing furnace» (Mt 13:49-50). The warning is quite clear. We just cannot take it easy and go to asleep!
Now, it is our turn to freely choose: we either seek God and make goodness a part of our life, or we prefer to stand on the precipice of death. Or with Christ or against him. To convert ourselves means, in this case, to freely opt to become one of the upright ones and live a life worthy of his sons. However, within us we have the experience of sin: we realize the good we should do but we do the evil, instead; what do we do to provide our lives with a sense of true unity? We, alone, cannot do much. Only if we place ourselves in God's hands shall we be able to attain the goodness and be counted amongst the upright ones.
«Because we know not when our Judge shall appear, so we should live every day as if it were our last» (St. Jerome). These words are a call to live with intensity and responsibility our Christianity. It is not a matter of being afraid, but of living in the hope this is a time of grace, praise and glory.
Christ shows us the only way to our own glorification. Christ is the only way to heaven; therefore, our salvation, our happiness and whatever we can imagine happens through Him. And if we have everything in Christ, we can hardly refrain from loving the Church, that shows him to us and is its mystic body. Against purely human visions of this reality we have to recuperate the divine-spiritual vision: nothing bigger than Christ and the fulfillment of his will!