16th Sunday of Year A

QPosted on: Tue Dec 11, 2012

6Duration: 7:30 mins

"There is a great difference between manufacturing and cultivation. Our civilization has produced much remarkable technology, such as space craft and the internet, but there are many things that we simply cannot do. We can build a spacecraft but cannot build an apple tree or an ear of corn, we can only grow these things. In his use of agricultural images, Jesus is therefore telling us something important about holiness. We cannot manufacture holiness, there is no magic formula by which we can create saints on a production line. We can only cultivate holiness and we need some of the patience and other virtues of the farmer. So how then do we cultivate holiness? I think there is no substitute for developing simple, daily and weekly disciplines, making use of the tools God has given us."

Readings: Gospel - Matthew 13: 24-33 - Jesus proposed another parable to them. "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."

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