July 30, 2013

The Gospel Today 

Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

Mt. 13:36-43

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. Daniel Voltaire Hui):

     It is natural that whatever we sow is what we will also reap. I remember my apostolate in prison two years ago. A Chinese man came to me and asked if I could give him old Math or Science books. He told me he wants to teach his prison mates. I was struck by his passion for teaching and concern for his brothers in prison. He shared to me his life experience and how he ended up in prison. He studied in Britain from which he got his British accent. Honestly, I was impressed during our first meeting because of his manner of speaking. He is really an educated man, but because of a circumstance that happened, he was sent to prison. I asked him why does he want to teach. And according to him, that is the best thing that he could give to others. He wanted to do good to others because he believes that if he will do good to others, others might do good to him as well. But his primary concern is not for himself, but for his children who are outside the prison, living with people whom he does not know. He hopes that by doing good to others, others would also do good to his children.

     It might be a desperate act for others, but it hit me hard. His hope to earn goodness from others is also the same goodness he is planting to others. His motivation is selfless, a kind of motivation that I will never fully understand because he is a father and I am not. It is true that our hope lies in goodness, and the goodness that we aim came from the One, True and Mighty. He is our God, who spoke about the parable of the weeds from where we learn what we should be planting.

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