July 28, 2020 (Tuesday of Week 17 Year II)
The Wheat and the darnel
Dear friends in Christ, the Lord reminds us of eternal judgement and the reward of the righteous. Where will you be on that day?
Our first reading today (Jeremiah 14:17b-22) continues our journey through the writings of this prophet. This prayer of Jeremiah was on the backdrop of the difficulties the people were now experiencing after they failed to listen to God. We read here the laments of the people put into words by Jeremiah, as they desperately own up to their faults and seek the pardon of God. The occasion was a severe drought without rain for a long time, which led to famine. On the heels of famine was disease to the already hunger-striken people. That opened them up to attacks from their enemies. They saw the famine, pestilence and war as punishment from God for their sins. In the words of Jeremiah, "The Virgin daughter of my people is struck down with a great wound, with a very grievous blow. If I go out into the field, behold those slain by the sword! And if I enter the city behold, the diseases of famine..." The prophet then questioned if Judah has been completely forgotten by God, if God's soul loathe Zion. He concluded by appealing to God not to forget his people for the sake of his name. This is predicated on the fact that they have realised that the gods do not bring rain and the heaven do not shower of its own accord. Now their hope is in God. Is your own hope in God?
The gospel (Mathew 13:36-43) is the explanation on the parable of the wheat and the darnel. In that parable, the owner of the farm had asked his servants to leave both, until the harvest time before first rooting the darnel and setting them ablaze. Jesus says this is what the end of time will be. The Angels will, "Gather out of his kingdom, all causes of sin and all evil doers, and throw them into the furnace of fire...then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their father." This must make us think deeply. The fact that someone is in church everyday is not an indication that he is a good man or fit for the kingdom. It is a judgement that is left to us as individuals, to make our paths straight before the day of the Lord comes. It is only here on earth one can hire the best of lawyers to argue his case. God sees even to the secrets of each one’s heart. There will be weeping and grinding of teeth on that day for those who fail to do what is needful. "He who has ears, let him hear."
Let us pray: Lord keep us in your love. Grant us the grace to work for your kingdom. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.