“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." (Mtthew 13: 36-43)
“Gather my faithful ones before me.” (Ps 50: 5)
Both of the readings today make for a great meditation. The first one is from the Old
Testament and addresses Moses, his problematic following and the patience and
providence of God despite a never ending series of complaints.
The second one is Jesus at his best in teaching through parables. It even offers a tiny
glimpse of what he must have been feeling at times.
The Gospel today relates the Martha-Mary tension, between DOERS and dreamers, ACTION and contemplation. Which is better? Does Jesus really mean to imply that SERVICE activity is not valuable when he says Mary has chosen the BETTER part? (Luke 10:42)
"Behold, my servant whom I have chosen,
my beloved in whom I delight;
I shall place my Spirit upon him,
and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
He will not contend or cry out,
nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed he will not break,
a smoldering wick he will not quench,
until he brings justice to victory.
And in his name the Gentiles will hope". (Matthew 12: 18-21)
First, in Exodus 11, we’re in Egypt with the Hebrews hoping for deliverance from slavery for 100s and 100s of years. Compared to these times, OURS are virtually antiseptic. Most of US never see blood in public, except as the artificial stuff in movies or on TV or in live drama.
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” (Mt 11:28-30)
We have the story of Moses and the burning bush.
Today’s first reading is about Moses and the burning bush. “…an angel of the Lord appeared to him in fire flaming out of a bush. As he looked on, he was surprised to see that the bush, though on fire, was not consumed. …God called out to him from the bush, ‘Moses! Moses! He answered, “Here I am” God said, “come no nearer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”
Today’s reading from Exodus tells the story of Moses. I remember this story from Sunday School and it’s amazing. Pharoah was having all the infant Hebrew boys killed, so Moses’ mom placed him in a basket and sent him floating down the river where Pharoah’s daughter bathed.
“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me,
and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;
and whoever does not take up his cross
and follow after me is not worthy of me.
Whoever finds his life will lose it,
and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." (Matthew 10: 37-39)
"No, it is something very near to you,
already in your mouths and in your hearts;
you have only to carry it out.” (Deuteronomy 30:14)
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Eph 6:10-17 )
"At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were trobuled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd" (Matthew 9: 36)
"While Jesus was speaking, an official came forward,
knelt down before him, and said,
“My daughter has just died.
But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.”
Jesus rose and followed him, and so did his disciples.
A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him
and touched the tassel on his cloak.
She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.”
Jesus turned around and saw her, and said,
“Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.”
And from that hour the woman was cured." (Matthew 9: 18-22)