The Good News for the Day, July 29, 2017
Saturday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time (400)
Jesus offered another poetic story to the public: “The Realm of what is Right you can compare to some farmer who sowed good seed in his field. While everybody was asleep, his enemy sneaked in and sowed weeds all through the crop, and then went away. When the crop came up and showed growth, the weeds appeared, too. The workers of the farm came to him and said, ’Boss, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where did the weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘Some enemy did this.’ His workers said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull the weeds up?’ He replied, ‘No, you pull the weeds up and you might uproot the growing plants along with them. Let them both grow together until harvest time; then at harvest I will tell the people harvesting, “Collect the weeds first and bale them into bundles for burning; but gather the crop into my barn.”‘” (Matthew 13)
“You’re your own worst enemy,” People say this to one another—even friend to friend. It is worthwhile to address it to ourselves—the danger of choices that hurt us and others, that scatter weeds in the garden of our Eden.
Each of us—you and I—have our demons, birds, distractions, weeds. It is part of admitting our ordinary, run-of-the-mill failures which may be mistakes, may be sins, or may be something else, something unknown.
You may for example find it easier to absorb a gossip, join a enraged political position, go along silently with someone’s prejudice, or eat or drink a bit too much. Nothing earth-shaking—just a weed that sprinkles with meanness your kind spirit, just a bird that distracts your heart from its purity, or just a moment apart from loving. You are, in such a case—each to his or her own—your own “enemy.” The Good News is always—repentance—to change, to grow courageously against your own instincts and habits—to find now in the sun and rain of the world renewed generosity, humility and strength.