MATTHEW 13: 36-43 GOSPEL READING AND REFLECTION (JULY 28, 2020)
Then he sent the crowds away and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
Jesus answered them, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world; the good seed are the people of the kingdom; the weeds are those who follow the evil one. The enemy who sows the weeds is the devil; the harvest is the end of time, and the workers are the angels.
Just as the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so will it be at the end of time. The Son of man will send angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom all that is scandalous and all who do evil. And there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the just will shine, like the sun, in the kingdom of their Father. If you have ears, then hear.
POINTS OF REFLECTION
In this Bible reading, the disciples ask Jesus to clarify some technical terms about the parables of the weeds in the field.
Jesus was so kind and gentle to clarify what his disciples had requested. Not only that, but Jesus also highlighted that the world of goodness would be under the challenge and pressure of the devil with the presence of his advocates making life on earth full of problems, trials and struggles difficult to handle. In other words, the order of the world would be affected by their presence, but cautioned not to have so much worries on them for God in his chosen time will come to rescue us from the devil’s advocates and restore His godly orders.
With all these things, Christian followers are not to cross their arms on these matters, for before His coming, we are considered as God’s advance party to fight against those who are devil advocates to mitigate the impact of their presence. This is called faith in action as St. James Apostle said “Show me your faith without work and I’ll show you my faith with the work.”
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, life has its own trouble day after day and part of these troubles are attributed by its counterpart. Let us advance with Jesus, praise His holy name, in hope and in faith for we are His army unbeaten by this battle till the end of time. Amen.