28 July 2011
Today’s Readings: Ex 40:16-21, 34-38 / Mt 13:47-53
When lowered into the sea, the fishermen’s nets collect fish of every kind. But when fishermen unload their catch, they separate the edible fish from the “unclean” and throw away the latter. In the fields, the wheat and the weeds grow side by side, but at harvest time, the wheat is separated from the weeds, the grain from the chaff.
Today’s Gospel tells us that the Word of God is announced to all kinds of people, not just to the good and the just. Everybody is invited to the banquet. Everyone is given the opportunity and the grace to reform one’s life and live the values of the kingdom. But the good and the bad will not always be together. A time will come when one will be separated from the other. The Lord will judge men and women and they will receive reward or punishment according to how they lived.
Loving Father, open our eyes and hearts that we may always see what is good and what is bad, what pleases you and what does not.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.