Monday, July 18, 2011

The Sunday Word

The Brothers gathered at the end of the last Conference.

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“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."

Our first Province Renewal came to a close today with the celebration of Morning Prayer and Mass.
The Gospel selection from Matthew allowed us to explore God's perspective of us. God sees our potential. He recognizes all that we can be. He loves us for who we are. Sometimes that is not exactly what we see of others or even of ourselves.What Jesus is trying to teach us in Sunday's Gospel selection is to leave the judgments to Him. He knows that we are consistently off the mark when we try to make an accurate assessment of the moral character of a friend or a neighbor, and so He orders us to put our energy elsewhere.

Provincial Brother Thomas pauses with Father Joe Lackner.
We don’t have the whole picture, says Jesus.

The challenge for us is to put our energy into being good wheat, instead of trashing the weeds around us. Rather than erecting walls, building boundaries and trying to purify our own world, our job is to grow up healthy and strong — and leave the judging to Jesus.

The problem with trying to pull up weeds is that we might grab some wheat by mistake, and hurt ourselves and others who are part of the good-seed set.