Saturday July 24 20221
16th Week in Ordinary Time
St Charbel Makhluf, priest
Ex. 24:3-8; Ps. 49:1-2,5-6,14-15;
Mt. 13:24-30 (Ps Wk IV)
God had given Moses the covenant that he was making with the Hebrew people. And Moses had gone with Aaron, Nadah, Abihu and seventy elders to worship the Lord, but only Moses was allowed to go near. Then the covenant confirmation ceremony took place. The pivotal point of the ceremony occurred when the blood of the covenant was sprinkled on the people. The blood represented life, and by that, the people as a whole were sealed as God's special people.
Jesus was speaking of the growth of the Kingdom of heaven. We can think of this in relation to the world in which we live. There is much that is good, but there is also much that is evil. In the Parable, the landowner told the workers to leave the weeds in the fields until the harvest so that the wheat would not be uprooted. The weeds would be gathered first and burned. People wonder why God allows evil to exist in our world. Perhaps part of the answer is in this Parable. Just as the wheat grew strong among the weeds, our reliance on God can make us strong in the midst of evil.
Lord, help me to be a solid witness to Your love in this world.
We can all understand the argument the disciples had. We spend much of our lives seeking status, protecting our status, or mourning the loss of status.