“While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat.”

Yesterday’s gospel message continues with the theme of sowing seed, but with a twist (Mt 13:24:30).  In this parable, Jesus tells of the farmer who sowed good seed during the day while his enemy sowed weeds among this seed at night.  As both grew the weeds were discovered.  The sower recognized the work of a villain but cautioned not to pull the weeds lest the wheat also be uprooted.  Only at harvest will they be separated, with the weeds being burned while the wheat will be put into the barn.  We can look to see how we have been asleep as a society in coming to a deeper awareness of how much evil and immorality has been allowed to infiltrate it.  Like the proverbial frog in the water being heated, it is easy to be lulled into complacency as more and more liberties (false liberties to be sure) are taken with the values we should hold dear.  Then one day we wake up to the fact that the world around us is saturated with sin.  We can lament this situation but we must come to the humble realization that the problem (and the solution) starts with us.  “Repent and believe in the gospel” (Mk 1:15).  We must work to get rid of sin in our own lives by believing (i.e., living — this is not just an emotional or intellectual assent) in the entire gospel with the help of the Church.  “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”  By living the gospel we become vigilant against the enemy in word and action.  God calls us to forward the Kingdom; by baptism we are called to be priests, prophets, and kings.  We are not to be silent in the face of evil but we are to combat it.  Let it never be said that we are part of the problem, even if it is only through silence.  Let us always be a part of the solution in God’s way — through unfailing love of Him and of neighbor (even when the latter needs tough love and when it may cost us dearly to give it).  We know from the end of this parable, and from Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, that good will triumph over evil.  It is through God’s command and the grace He gives us to carry it out, that this will happen.

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