(Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, July 23, 2017.
You begin your existence like a “good seed”, filled with the goodness instilled in you by God. And, at the end of your life you are expected to produce a good harvest.
If in the beginning you are a good seed but at the end you fail to produce a good harvest, what happened to you in between? Somehow, you have allowed evil to enter your heart, just like the planting of ‘weeds’ changes the configuration of a beautiful field of wheat (Matthew 13:25-26).
God manifests his justice in your life.
God’s justice is essentially an act of restoration of your human dignity and liberation offered to all, both the righteous and the evildoers.
This is how God manifests his justice:
1. By pouring his goodness, not only at the time when he sows “good seed in his field” and when he “gathers the wheat into [his] barn” (that is to say, at the beginning and at the end of time), but also when he becomes a man, in order to offer his life for the salvation of humanity.
2. By respecting everyone’s freedom, the freedom of the righteous as well as the freedom of the evildoers. The owner of the field orders his laborers not to pull up the weeds for “if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest” (Matthew 13:29-30). It is God’s design to allow men to be the authors of their own destiny: for life or for death.
3. By offering his own Spirit to everybody, always: “The Spirit … comes to the aid of our weakness . . . And the one who searches hearts knows what is the intention of the Spirit, because it intercedes for the holy ones according to God’s will” (Romans 8:26-27). In a world immersed in a culture of death, it is an act of justice for us to count on the strength of God’s Spirit as a means of salvation, individually and collectively, thus, preventing our weaknesses from turning us into “weed.”
4. By offering his own personal example: “Your might is the source of justice; your mastery over all things makes you lenient to all . . . Though you are master of might, you judge with clemency . . . And you taught your people, by these deeds, that those who are just must be kind” (Wisdom 12:16, 18, 19). Therefore, the All-merciful wants us to be merciful as well.
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).