Gospel Reflections

16th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Matthew 13:24-43

Sunday Gospel Reflection by Sister Gerry Bolzan

Published: July 23, 2017

Read Matthew 13:24-43

Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying: “The kingdom of heaven may be likenedto a man who sowed good seed in his field.While everyone... Read More…


This reading has always been a challenging one for me.  What are these “weeds among the wheat” all about?  The King’s strong statement: “…an enemy has done this…” makes me wonder. 

It reminds me of a statement by Pogo in the now defunct comic strip: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

It is so easy to become righteous and label others for some of the difficulties we meet in this world. 

The call in today’s first reading is to be not only just, but kind.  So I hear the King’s command to let them grow together until harvest in a similar vein.

Do I have the courage to look at my “weeds” among the wheat, to acknowledge them and to allow them to be transformed by God’s mercy and goodness?  

As the first reading says:  “…might is the source of justice; … mastery over all things makes you lenient to all.” 

Do we, as a society, recognize and practice this leniency towards others in imitation of our good God? 

In the world of today, we are called to follow this path – and many opportunities abound.  Let us hold on for a good harvest!










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