“FIRST COLLECT THE WEEDS AND TIE THEM IN BUNDLES FOR BURNING; BUT GATHER THE WHEAT INTO MY BARN.”’ MT 13:24-30
Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
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.”’” MT 13:24-30
In this parable Jesus teaches us that, “The refusal of the householder to allow his slaves to separate the wheat from the weeds while they are still growing is a warning to the disciples not to attempt to anticipate the final judgment of God by a definitive exclusion of sinners from the kingdom. In its present stage it is composed of the good and the bad. The judgment of God alone will eliminate the sinful. Until then there must be patience and the preaching of repentance.” Scripture Scholar for the New American Bible
God calls us to be transformed, not to judge incorrectly, and be patient with others while preaching repentance. For who among us does not sin, have faults and need repentance. God has spoken to us recently about this through Our Lady of Fatima and St. Faustina.
Our Lady of Fatima’s message was to pray the rosary for peace and to pray for unrepentant sinners for God’s mercy is endless. So many people are not repenting and this takes away the power of the cross. Why? As sinners, we know all too well that we don’t believe we are worthy of God’s love and mercy. We have sinned so many whoppers, hurt too many people, made some really dumb choices, have favorite sins, have fallen into addiction, and then fallen into despair.
Today, I challenge you to fall in love with Jesus through a daily habit of prayer. The only way to understand the Father and Son’s love is to get to know them better and come to know our identity in Christ. When we know our identity, our purpose, the loss of holiness we have inherited, and the ways Satan deceives us by twisting reality, we can come to know how much we are loved. We can then begin to love ourselves, accept ourselves as sinners who need a Savior, and see through the veil Satan has put over minds and hearts.
We can then start the spiritual battle for our soul. God has given us a compass to guide us to the Truth of how much we are loved and to remind us that we have the Divine love in us to battle, the Holy Spirit. Christ’s Spirit lives in us, the first installment of our Salvation and reason to never give up hope. This gives us confidence and trust in God’s promises with the gift of faith.
Why would God love us after all of this betrayal of Him? God is love and His sacrificial love is unfair, unwavering, unchanging. and everlasting. There is nothing else like it in the universe. This is the Good News that Christ came to teach, model and win for us. This is His mission and without it we have no way back to the Father, our heavenly home, which we were created for before the foundation of the world and where we feel complete. A place of peace and fulfillment we seek our whole life.
Finally, Jesus speaks to St. Faustina about His ocean of mercy. After we failed Him, He goes even further with His mercy by giving us Himself in Jesus Christ, the Word made Flesh. The Blood and Water flow from His side for the sake of sinners. God’s love and mercy are bigger than any sin, have conquered the devil, and death. This is the message of comfort and compassion we must get out to a suffering world, starting in ourselves and in our homes.
Today’s challenge: Repent and trust. God’s love and mercy are endless. Never give up and keep coming back to Him. Ask God in prayer who we need to forgive or for an encounter with a homeless person who has no hope. May we be that hope for the hopeless in our homes and on the streets.
“All of the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” -St. Francis of Assisi