A Reflection From Fr. Gerry
There is always something fascinating in the stories that Jesus told. They are usually very simple and brief and yet they contain truths about life that are very profound. The sentence that stands out to me in today’s gospel reading is when Jesus said, “Let the weeds and the wheat grow together until harvest.” Jesus is telling us that we live in a world of good and bad. It has always been like that and most likely it always will be. Jesus does not offer us any explanation for evil, he recognized it as a fact of life and so must we, so it just remains a mystery. Jesus is telling us in todays’ gospel text that each one of us is like the field in the parable – in other words, that there is good and not so good in each one of us.
I am sure that many of you have seen the movie, Schindler’s List. It was an interesting and a good movie. Oscar Schindler was the chief subject of the movie. He was a German industrialist who saved over 1000 Polish Jews from the concentration camps and yet he was also a man who practiced many of the human vices. He seemed to constitute something of a moral dilemma and yet there was a basic goodness about him also. There was another and better side in him and he always returned to that better side, despite these moral lapses.
We are complex human beings. No one understood this better than Jesus. Even in that small garden we call the apostolic group, the weeds persisted there also. For example, he refused to weed out Judas, he never rejected him but loved him to the end. He saw the weeds in Peter’s life, the contradictions, the flaws, the imperfections, but he also saw the wheat. He saw the generosity, the potential for leadership. He knew that in time the wheat would prevail, and it did.
Jesus understood very well the dark side of human nature. He knew what it could do. In his case it nailed him to the cross and yet from the cross he was able to pray a great prayer, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” He kept on believing to the very last that people were redeemable and believed in it so deeply that he gave his life for us.
So, when we are tempted to lose faith in people which can very easily happen with all the negative media coverage we are bombarded with today, let us look to Christ. He kept on believing in humanity, and he can keep us believing in our world and most important, he can keep us believing in ourselves.
Let the wheat and the weeds grow together until the harvest.
May God go with you.
The full meaning of life is a mystery to us, especially the meaning of good and evil. In today’s parable of the weeds and the wheat, Jesus teaches us something of life, tolerance, and God’s loving mercy.
16TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
1st Reading—Wisdom 12: 13, 16-19—Though powerful, the Lord judges with mercy and governs with care. God teaches people kindness, hope, and repentance.
Psalm 86: 5-6, 9-10, 15-16—“Lord, you are good and forgiving.”
2nd Reading—Romans 8: 26-27—Paul reminded the Romans that the Spirit helps God’s people in their weakness and intercedes for them.
Alleluia! Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom. Alleluia!
Gospel—Matthew 13: 24-43—Jesus told the crowd the parable of the wheat and the weeds, the parable of the mustard seed, and the parable of the yeast. Through parables, he encouraged his disciples, assuring them that God’s saints would sine like the sun in the heavenly reign.
PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL
1) Let us pray for the Church:
God of power and might, may the seed of faith grow here and throughout the world. May your Church witness to your mercy and loving kindness.
2) Let us pray for the nations:
May all peoples fashioned in your likeness come to you, O God.
Bring fulfillment and peace to every human heart.
3) Let us pray for those who table is empty:
Father of the human family, turn toward the hungry and give hope to the poor. May earth’s bountiful harvest be shared with all your children.
4) Let us pray for the sick and for shut-ins:
May the Spirit help all in their weakness and bring healing to our brothers and sisters –
Kallie Moshier Bill Jawlik Holly Francis Bill Knight Adam Verrechia
Betty & Tony Morici Marge Park Renee Thompson
Dot Tebelman Pam & Mike Allen Joe D’Anna Elena Perea
Dolores Cumming Cooper Pavkovich Alex Fabian Family
And for all who have asked for our prayers.
5) Let us remember the dead:
Give to our beloved dead good ground for hope in everlasting life, especially Julianne Pannabecker and….
(5:00 Mass) Lillian Fetzer
(8:30 Mass) Richard Moon
(10:30 Mass) Walter & Kathleen Neiman
6) Let us pray for our personal needs in a moment of silence:
May young people everywhere grow in respect for themselves and God’s gifts within them.
We pray to the Lord…
Announcements – July 19, 2020
- Next Sunday, July 26th at 10:30 a.m. our children will be making their First Holy Communion
- The annual Bob Knowles Shoot is scheduled for Saturday, August 1st and will benefit Club Create of North Oakland County. More information can be found on the Knight’s board and in the bulletin.
- We are once again collecting school supplies. You will find in the gathering area a sheet with a list of needed items. We also need volunteers to sort and help distribute these items. Please sign up in the book provided in the gathering area.
* Back Packs – need larger for Middle and High school,* Composition notebooks -all colors, *Spiral notebooks -wide rule, all colors, Notebook paper-wide rule,* Pocket folders with and without tabs, erasers (chunk & pencil tip), *Pens/pencils, 1 inch -ring binders only, * 24 count Crayola crayons, 12 pack Crayola colored markers-fine tip, Highlighters -all colors, index cards-any size, glue sticks, pencil boxes/pouches and Scissors blunt & sharp point
* important items