Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, priest

Then having sent away the multitudes, he came into the house, and his disciples came to him, saying: Expound to us the parable of the cockle of the field. Who made answer and said to them: He that soweth the good seed, is the Son of man. And the field, is the world. And the good seed are the children of the kingdom. And the cockle, are the children of the wicked one. And the enemy that sowed them, is the devil. But the harvest is the end of the world. And the reapers are the angels. Even as cockle therefore is gathered up, and burnt with fire: so shall it be at the end of the world.
The Son of man shall send his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all scandals, and them that work iniquity. And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the just shine as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Matthew 13:36-43 (Douay-Rheims)


Dear Father, Jesus teaches us that we are the good seeds that help to spread the kingdom, and the weeds are the wicked one who chokes out the life. But we are given to understand that at the end the angels will come to clean out what does not belong and cast the wicked in the furnace. Dearest Father it is a hope that the weeds that are among the good seeds are not many. That in the world of people, there is a minimal amount that have refused to come to you. May our prayers bring conversion to the weeds that choke out the life of God. We have ears then let us hear the Word of God and heed his message. Amen

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