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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Tuesday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

July 31, 2018

Tuesday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time

 

Exodus 33:7-11 ; 34:5-9, 28;

 Psalm 103:6-13;

Gospel MT 13:36-43


Jesus dismissed the crowds and went into the house. His disciples approached him and said, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field." He said in reply, "He who sows good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world, the good seed the children of the Kingdom. The weeds are the children of the Evil One, and the enemy who sows them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his Kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears ought to hear."

 

Parable of the Weeds

 

 Today’s Gospel passage goes as a continuation of Mt. 13: 24 - 30, where the parable of the weeds is explained. Verses 36-43 contain the explanation given to this parable by Jesus at the request of the disciples. What each aspect of the parable signifies is mentioned in Verses 36-43.


The contradiction of coexistence of good and evil, virtue and sin is an age old problem. Philosophers down the centuries were baffled at giving a satisfying explanation. Whether God, who is all good, wills the evil in the world was another question that troubled the hearts of the religious believers. Can’t the all powerful God wipe away evil from the face of the earth so that the just and the good only may prosper? Jesus is neither trying to offer an answer to this question of why evil exists nor is he attempting to solve the origin of evil here. He starts at the present reality; i.e., good and evil co exists in this world. Each is at logger heads to the other. Jesus is more concerned here about what is to come at the end of times. His focus is at the final gathering of the harvest, the rewarding of the good.


One thing we may note in this passage is that it is found in Mathew’s gospel only. There may be specific reasons for Mathew to place it in his narratives. Mathew‘s community, it is believed was divided and full of disputes. It was a community in crisis. The Jewish Christians who valued their Jewish origin and Jewish faith on the one hand and another group that adhered to the challenges posed by Jesus to Jewish traditions on the other hand were actively present in his community. The coexistence of the wheat and the weeds described in the parable assumes significance in this context.


It is easy to judge others as evil, bad and sinners. The pharisaic mentality which Jesus condemned always exists within us. It is the work of God to judge. Do not assume the post of God. Let Him do it at the appropriate time assigned by Him. Till then be patient. Forbear and forgive for a peaceful co existence until God decides to call it a day. Then he will surely decide who wheat is and who is weed. He will gather the weeds and burn them down. Have that faith and hope in his redemptive action favoring his chosen ones. If God wants to give another chance to the evil doer to improve so that he also may not be lost, who are we to condemn them and demand that they be removed immediately? God does not want anyone to be lost.


The imagery Jesus uses for the final burning is also a familiar one to his listeners. There used to be a permanent furnace burning place attached to each city where the garbage of the city would be thrown and burnt. Near Jerusalem too there was a garbage place in the valley of Geena. At the time of Kings there was a furnace at Geena for the sacrifice to the gods of Molok. So the burning furnace of Geena became a symbol of condemnation. When Jesus tells his audience that at the final gathering of the good and the evil by the heavenly father the evil will be thrown into the fiery furnace. The imagery was clear and meaningful to the audience of Jesus, which we may not understand in its cultural significance.


Let us wait in hopeful expectation for the final gathering. Where will I be then? That is the question I should answer before pointing finger at others branding them as evil doers.


Dr. Martin Mallathu cmi


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