Welcoming the Holy

Here we invite you to take time for yourself in personal prayer. The following spiritual reflection offers words and images which we hope will evoke for you an experience of God. 


 

You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious… Give your strength to your servant. (Responsorial Psalm 86.15-16)

 

Opening Prayer

 

Father, your ways are not our ways. Let us learn from you even as the good and bad grow together in our lives. In the end, let us recognize which is which, but let us live with Your patience as our guide along the way of our growing. We honor you and love you. May it always be so. Amen. Reading “Jesus spoke to his disciples in parables.”            Matthew 13: 26   
 

Reflection

 

These summer weeks, as we read from Matthew, we are fed by the parables of Jesus including the story of the wheat and the weeds, growing up together until harvest time – the good and the bad. Upon noticing the weeds growing with the savory good seed, the servants in the parable immediately wanted to destroy the weeds, but the owner said “No. don’t act so quickly. You may make a mistake and pull out the good with the bad.” Only God really knows what is really good and what is bad.
 
Today, we can draw an important caution from this parable. We live in politically and culturally fraught times. So much is offered to us as desirable : power, independence, wealth. Voices from many schools of thought want our attention. Which of these things that are offered to us are God’s ways? To repeat: Only God knows what is good and what is bad. Our God, throughout today’s readings, gives us clue, insights and calls us to work for justice and at the same time, shows us how to be merciful, loving, forgiving.
 
God also works slowly, as we see in today’s parable. And if we read the next several parables, we would also see how yeast and the mustard seed - important things - grow slowly, alongside things that are not good. God invites us to be patient, but not lethargic. In the end, the judgment belongs to God . Our work is to be attentive to the seeds that come our way.
 

Closing Prayer 

 

Sower God, when the bad seed invades my life, help me to be patient, vigilant, ready to pull out the weeds when the time is right. Harvest whatever in me  belongs to you.  Guide me. Shape me.  Let me be open to your Reign in our world. Amen.