Parable of the Wheat – Jul 24 – Homily – Fr Terrance
Fr Terrance gives the homily at Bloomington, IN on Jul 24, 2021, on how the parable of the parable teaches us that we must be careful about how vigorously we try to uproot the weeds, the unfruitful troublemakers in the Church because we can cause division, sinners can become saints, and most surprisingly, sinners can make us saints by the very problems that they cause.
Three levels that the parable can be interpreted: global, ecclesiastical, personal
The sower of the seeds is Christ
Global Level: wheat generates more wheat, nourishing other souls.
Tares weeds are not fruitful and are burned
Church Level: Tares are the evil ones both in the Chruch and outside the church
Tares in the church are hypocrites
Personal level: battel in our own souls
the field is our soul, good seed is the word of God and the sacraments, weeds are the sin and disorders
While men were sleeping, when we let our guard down, Satan gets a foothold, we need to always strive to be holy
What should we do with the weeds? Tear them up? No, damage the wheat
But the weeds do provide service it gives exercise to the Saints to practice virtue
So we have the saints and the saint makers
And the weeds can turn into wheat, to become saints
Hope for all, saints and sinners
Our strengths must be greater than our fears
Be in the world but not of the world
Cannot find a perfect community
Present-day parodies of the church that Satan tries to establish
if we react too harshly, we will become the weeds, doing more harm than good, causing divisions.
If our reaction to what is wrong is like what is the devil would do, anger, wrath, slander, etc then we are becoming weeds. Be instead tender and merciful as God is to us,
The answer to the Church's problems is for each of us to become saints.
Mass: St. Sharbel Maklouf - Opt Mem
Readings: Saturday 16th Week of Ordinary Time - http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072421.cfm
1st: exo 24:3-8
Resp: psa 50:1-2, 5-6, 14-15
Gsp: mat 13:24-30
More on the Readings: https://airmaria.com/r?m=1114&r=1455
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