Today’s readings tell us about a very patient and compassionate God who is hopeful that the socalled
“weeds” among us will be converted. They warn us that we should not be in a hurry to
eliminate such elements from the Church or society or the family on the basis of unwarranted
and hasty judgment.
The first reading shows us a merciful and patient God, rather than the disciplining and punishing
God presented in the book of Genesis. The second reading reminds us that the Spirit of
God goes on empowering us in our prayers and in our weakness. So we should be patient with
ourselves and others. Finally, in the Gospel parable of the wheat and the weeds, Jesus presents
a wise and patient God who allows the good and the evil to coexist in the world and
blesses the evil ones for the little good they may have done, so that the evil ones may come to
conversion before their time ends. "Let the seed and the darnel grow together till the harvest
time.” In other words, God awaits repentant sinners, giving them the strength to acknowledge
their weakness. He calmly recognizes that there is evil in the world, but He sees that evil as no
excuse for the good people not to do good with the power of God at their disposal. Through the
parable of the wheat and the weeds in today’s Gospel, Jesus calls us to be patient with those
who fail to meet the high ethical standard expected of a Christian.
We need to practice patience and show mercy. Let us patiently and lovingly treat the “weeds”
in our society as our brothers and sisters and do all in our power to put them back on the right
road to heaven, especially by our good example and our fervent prayer for their conversion.
Most of us have been weeds in God’s field more than once, and God has showed us mercy.
God is so merciful that He allows evil to exist in order that what is good may grow. He allows
evil to exist also because He can turn it into good. Through the power of the Spirit, God
can change even the ugliest thorn into a blossom of faith. In God's field we have two responsibilities:
to grow in grace and to share His Word and love with others.
We need to grow up as healthy wheat in God’s field, leaving the weeds for Jesus to take care
of. The Good News is that growth and maturity are probably the most effective forms of weed
control. In the end, it’s enough to know that we are “seeds” who have been planted by the “Son
of Man,” and that we are part of a healthy harvest that will someday be reaped by the angels of
God. Our transparent and exemplary Christian lives will be a compelling challenge and a forceful
invitation to evildoers to repent of their sinful lives and turn to a loving and forgiving God. Our
acts of charity, kindness, mercy and selfless service can prompt the weeds in our society to reassess
their lives, modify them and become useful members of the society.
We the members of St. Anthony of Padua, High Ridge, MO pledge participation in the mission of the gospel message of Jesus Christ. Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit & the directives of the Archdiocese we commit ourselves to the service of God and neighbor. We are called to be a prayerful people. We are challenged to be peaceful, caring, and nurturing to all we encounter. We are responsible for growing in the ways of the Lord, modeling Catholic Christian behavior to everyone-especially the youth, and proclaiming our beliefs to all around us. We are enjoined to foster community, to rejoice and honor one another's gifts, and to support our parish. We are tasked, as a people of God to build the Kingdom of God here on earth in all things we think, do, and say. All for the glory of His name.