Posted by: frburke23 | July 26, 2010

Thought for Tuesday, 17th Week in Ordinary Time

Matthew 13:36-43

Jesus dismissed the crowds and went into the house.
His disciples approached him and said,
“Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man,
the field is the world, the good seed the children of the Kingdom.
The weeds are the children of the Evil One,
and the enemy who sows them is the Devil.
The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire,
so will it be at the end of the age.

The Son of Man will send his angels,
and they will collect out of his Kingdom
all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.
They will throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun
in the Kingdom of their Father.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”


These days many people don’t want to believe in the devil.  There are many reasons for this.  Some think the devil is a poor explanation for evil in the world.  Many people don’t want to face things that are difficult to face – death, evil, the devil, etc.  Some people just are afraid of the thought of the devil or evil in the world.  What do you think?

Jesus is very clear about evil in the world.  Jesus had personal encounters with the devil and the devil recognized Jesus as the Son of Man and the Son of God.  Why would we not recognize the presence of the devil in the world?

I believe that the evil one has us in his back pocket when we don’t think he exists.  He is very subtle in the way that he lures us away from God.  He makes things appear very good, but he twists them into something very bad.  He tempts us with power, material things and false joys just as he tempted Jesus.

We don’t want to be in the place where there is “wailing and grinding of teeth”.  No one does.  So let us stay close to our Lord Jesus Christ and resist the temptations of the devil.  What did Jesus do when He was about to be tempted?  He went to the desert and prayed to the Father.  He kept His eyes focused on the Father and the mission that He was given.

We too need time to retreat in silence so that we can unite ourselves with the Father.  We need to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and maintain our focus that our goal is heaven.  If we are not moving toward God, we are moving away from Him.  May we move toward God always.

God bless,

Fr. Burke




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