Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Saturday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time – Year B

Saturday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Today’s Audio Mass Readings – Lectionary: 400

1st Reading – JER 7:1-11

The following message came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
Stand at the gate of the house of the LORD,
and there proclaim this message:
Hear the word of the LORD, all you of Judah
who enter these gates to worship the LORD!
Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:
Reform your ways and your deeds,
so that I may remain with you in this place.
Put not your trust in the deceitful words:
“This is the temple of the LORD!
The temple of the LORD! The temple of the LORD!”
Only if you thoroughly reform your ways and your deeds;
if each of you deals justly with his neighbor;
if you no longer oppress the resident alien,
the orphan, and the widow;
if you no longer shed innocent blood in this place,
or follow strange gods to your own harm,
will I remain with you in this place,
in the land I gave your fathers long ago and forever.

But here you are, putting your trust in deceitful words to your own loss!
Are you to steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury,
burn incense to Baal,
go after strange gods that you know not,
and yet come to stand before me
in this house which bears my name, and say:
“We are safe; we can commit all these abominations again”?
Has this house which bears my name
become in your eyes a den of thieves?
I too see what is being done, says the LORD.

Responsorial Psalm – PS 84:3, 4, 5-6A AND 8A, 11

R. (2) How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!
My soul yearns and pines
for the courts of the LORD.
My heart and my flesh
cry out for the living God.
R. How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!
Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest
in which she puts her young—
Your altars, O LORD of hosts,
my king and my God!
R. How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!
Blessed they who dwell in your house!
continually they praise you.
Blessed the men whose strength you are!
They go from strength to strength.
R. How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!
I had rather one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I had rather lie at the threshold of the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
R. How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!

Alleluia – JAS 1:21BC

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you
and is able to save your souls.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel – MT 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.”

Catholic Daily Reflections

The Evil All Around Us

“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.’” Matthew 13:30

The evil all around us should be apparent to those with the eyes of faith. We only need to compare all that our Lord has revealed to us through the Scripture and the Church to the various values and opinions of the world. When we do so, we will be struck with the stark contrast between them.

Using the image of this parable, it would be like the farmer who goes out to check on his crop of wheat. As he does, he sees the weeds intermingled with the wheat. Though he sees both growing together, he is also aware of the fact that he cannot eliminate the weeds without pulling up the wheat. So instead of worrying about the growth of weeds, he puts his eyes on harvest time when the wheat will be harvested for good and the weeds will be gathered and burned.

So it must be with our lives. We will easily be tempted to despair if we become fixated upon the evil within our world. We shouldn’t ignore it, but we ought not to become overly concerned about it. This is only possible if we, like the farmer, keep our eyes upon “harvest time.” The great harvest we anticipate is the moment of divine justice when God rights every wrong and sorts out the good from the bad. Justice will prevail in the end even though it may not be readily apparent here and now.

Reflect, today, upon any ways that you find yourself affected by the evils of our world. Perhaps the constant stream of bad news in the media gets you down. Or, perhaps you encounter various evils in your daily life from others. Whatever the case may be, do not be shocked or scandalized by the attacks of the evil one. Keep your eyes fixed on our Lord and have full confidence in His divine justice to come.

Lord, I trust in Your promise of fidelity in all things. As I see and experience various evils in this world, help me to never fall into their trap or lure. Free me from doubt and despair and give me perfect hope in Your promise of justice and mercy. Jesus, I trust in You.

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