Sun 16 Wk Ordinary Time, Year A: July 19
Today, Jesus explains the parable of the weeds and the wheat. Jesus is the master who has sowed good seed in the field. However, an enemy has come at night and sowed weeds in the field as well. The two cannot be distinguished until they have reached maturity and are ready to be harvested. It is interesting the weeds that Jesus is referring to as far as agriculture go are weeds that look like wheat. In the early stages you cannot really tell the difference from them and the real wheat. However, once they mature, they are very noticeable, however their roots are intertwined with the wheat at that point, so it would be difficult to put them up and not pull up wheat too. The farmers would leave them till the harvest and then separate them out and burn them.
Jesus has sowed the good seed in the world. He tells us that the good seed are the children of the Kingdom of God. The bad seed are the children of the evil one.
There is one thing to know. That Jesus is the sower of the good seed. The sower of the seeds of the virtue of Faith. Jesus is the way, Jesus is the truth, Jesus is the Life. We must follow the way, which is the truth, we must live the life, which is truth. The essence, the nature of truth is that it is one. The principle of non-contradiction states that something cannot be and not be at the same time. Something cannot both exist and not exist at the same time.
The truth is. The truth is Jesus. And he has not left us in the dark, not left us to figure it out on our own. He has revealed the truth to us, He has revealed Himself to us, in the Incarnation, through his Apostles, through the Holy Scriptures, and through His Holy Church.
St. Paul tells Timothy – Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge.
The weeds are the anti-yeast, who rather than lifting everyone up toward God, bring people below, to behave more like animals, to behave more like proud devils. Jesus says that the weeds are “children of the evil one… who cause others to sin and do evil.” Does anyone deny that these weeds exist in our world and that the field of our nation and the world is becoming more populated with them? We can either do nothing and let the evil grow, poisoning our culture and the hearts, souls and lives of those we know and love, or we can rise up, as yeast, as salt of the earth and light of the world (Mt 5:13-16), and point people to Christ instead of popular movements or organizations.
At this Mass, the Lord wants to strengthen us to carry out this crucial mission of the salvation of the world and the spreading of his kingdom. He does so not just through planting the seed of his word through our ears into our hearts, but by planting himself, the mustard seed, into our mouths through Holy Communion. From within, he wants to grow, so that others, in seeing us, may see more and more of Him. He wants us to root ourselves ever more in his passion and death, and experience the mustard seed’s growth within.
In the Gospel today our Lord tells us the parable of the sower. The sower who sows the seed, and the seed falls on four different types of ground.
In his earthly life, Jesus sowed the good seeds or the Word of God. Jesus is the Word of God, the logos, the Word that became flesh. So when he speaks, the Word has the power of the Father.
We see the four types of ground that the seeds, the word falls upon. First is the path, where it is hard to penetrate the ground, so it just lays there and the birds come and eat it. The second is the rocky ground, where the earth is not very deep, so the sprouts up and quickly dies because it cannot establish roots. The third is the ground with thorn bushes, it grows but is choked our by the thorns. The fourth is the rich soil where the seed takes root and produces much fruit.
One of the messages our Lord is communicating to us is to be on guard for the enemies of the word. The flesh, the devil, and the world. We have to become that rich soil, to internalize the word of God, and to respond to the word of God. As St. Paul said, to die to the flesh and the world and live in Christ.
This always begins with the life of prayer and sacrifice. Allowing our Lord to steal our hearts and be our savior. Many times we can try to be our own savior. Trying to stay in control of everything, build up a comfortable life, and minimize any suffering. Other times we can look for a savior in the world. Being taken in by new ideas and thinking, or political systems and policies. But all of these things will choke the word of God and prevent its activity.
We must instead go with St. Paul and die to self and the world. We learn from the saints that the life of prayer and penance is not easy. It takes time, effort and focus. But most of all great love of God and a willingness to suffer. One of the best ways to begin is to start every day in front of the crucifix. Looking at our Lord, making acts of love and cultivating the willingness to suffer with Him on the cross.
He wants His word to be alive in us, growing and producing much fruit. But first, we must become that fertile ground.