16th Ordinary Sunday

Publié le 18 Juillet 2020

 

Today we enter the sixteenth ordinary Sunday. Last Sunday we meditated on grains and earth. We still remain on the same theme of grain and the earth that produces, and today we will hear the patience of the sower who sowed the good grains. We are oriented towards the Sower, and invited to meditate on his power and goodness.  This parable confirms to us that the product of the earth is not totally conditioned by the earth itself, for there are also other conditions, the external force, the blessing of grace that makes good things grow in us and the curse of manipulation, which makes violence and vengeance germinate in us. This parable affirms to us an active and dynamic presence of evil in the world that God loves.

Whatever may be the external conditions  or force of the good or bad seeds, it is the earth that has produced the fruit, for it has generously accepted even the bad seeds rather than rejecting them at the source.  The devil can do nothing if man does not cooperate with him. The sower clearly sees a problem, yet he does not rush into it. He takes his time, always mindful of those good seeds, which are faithful to Him, tender and weak today, who grow with the evil ones, in faith and certainly in wisdom. The good grains, always faithful, see the presence of those bad grains that prevent them from going towards the Lord, praying without ceasing, "You, Lord, God of tenderness and pity, slow to anger, full of love and truth! Look towards me, have mercy on me. "We must recognize that some situations are beyond us.

God created the world and He found it good and in the expression of that goodness the devil chose to sow evil. God who searches the hearts of men still watches over these good seeds. He has done good, all that He could do and He continues to do good. It is man in his ignorance has accepted the bad seeds into his heart. The history of creation repeats itself.   Life and death are before man. Instead of choosing life, He chose death. The parable tells us that it was an enemy, working in a hidden way and in the night, who sowed the bad seeds. He is not the shepherd who enters by the main gate, he is a thief who only came to steal. It's up to us to choose.

The Lord adds two more parables that make us understand how God works in us. He presents us with a mustard seed and leaven. The Lord's blessing will not present itself as a mountain with a storm. Blessing and grace come very often in silence and in the murmur of a soft breeze.  Yet it is capable of moving mountains, overturning kingdoms, and radically transforming the person.

The Gospel of the day ends with these words, "He who has ears, let him hear! "The conclusion is a call to conversion. Let us not be afraid of these bad seeds. Let us believe in the Good News of God's presence. Let’s believe with certitude that one single individual like Mother Theresa, or like Abbé Pierre, is capable of changing the world. God works in silence, in the hearts of men. Perhaps, it is you whom the Lord has chosen to transform the world. He who has ears, let him hear! ", Amen.

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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