August 1, 2017
Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
The Gospel Today
Jesus dismissed the crowds and went into the house.
His disciples approached him and said,
“Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man,
the field is the world, the good seed the children of the Kingdom.
The weeds are the children of the Evil One,
and the enemy who sows them is the Devil.
The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire,
so will it be at the end of the age.
The Son of Man will send his angels,
and they will collect out of his Kingdom
all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.
They will throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun
in the Kingdom of their Father.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”
REFLECTION (Sem. Eric M. Yabut)
The parable of the wheat and weed always makes me think about what the things the world could give us. The world can show us the conveniences of life like ambition, money and power. It always fills our hearts with selfishness, bitterness from past experiences, hatred from those who hurt us and pride from our insecurities.
I was raised by a single mother. Since I grew up without knowing about my father, I felt incomplete. My playmates used to tease me that I do not have a father. I fought back but ended being humiliated. I used to pity myself because of my past. Because of those experiences, it made me too selfish, bitter with my playmates, and insecure with the achievements of others.
These grudges were healed through the help of the formation I have here in the seminary. I was able to forgive those people and mend my ways.
God always welcomes those who are open for repentance. I was a weed before and now I can say that I am being transformed to wheat which will someday produce good fruit. We are free to choose to be what we want to be but in the end, it is very important for us to know if it is leading us to the path where what the Lord want us to be.
We are sown by God as good seeds rather than weeds. As Christians, it is very important to ask ourselves if we are bringing Christ to others and being able to share the love of God.