July 23, 2016

The Gospel Today
Saturday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Matthew 13:24-30

Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds.
“The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man
who sowed good seed in his field.
While everyone was asleep his enemy came
and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.
When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well.
The slaves of the householder came to him and said,
‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field?
Where have the weeds come from?’
He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’
His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds
you might uproot the wheat along with them.
Let them grow together until harvest;
then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters,
“First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning;
but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

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Reflection (Sem. Mark Jason M. Medrana)

“Honesty is the Best Policy” as the saying goes. That is what my parents taught me. But ever since I was still a kid, when it comes to decision making, I could not distinguish what is right from wrong. I remember when I was in high school, I received a failing grade in one of my subjects. What I did was I hid my test paper and I did not show it to my parents. During the day when the report card was released, mine was on hold because I had a failing grade. I had no choice but to tell my mother that she had to go to our school and talk to my class adviser to get my report card. When my mother found out that I have a failing grade, that was the only time that I told the truth. As a realization, I learned that whatever secret one is hiding, time will come that it will be revealed. If I will stick to the good deeds and advice given to me by my family, especially by my parents, it will lead me to the right path, because no parent would want his children to be astray. Also it shows that my parents really love me.

In today’s Gospel, the parable is drawn from an agricultural imagery. It can be applied to the life of the Church. The parable presents the realities of the Church: there are weeds among the wheat “in the pews.” The Church is like the field in the parable. Weeds are entangled in the wheat; good and evil are mixed together. But when all is said and done, this evil will not endure; the goodness of God will prevail. The tender wheat will be protected and saved”.