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Saturday 16th in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Mt 13,24-30): Then the servants of the owner came to him and said: ‘Sir, was it not good seed that you sowed in your field? Where did the weeds come from?’. Jesus told his disciples another parable, «The kingdom of heaven can be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and left. When the plants sprouted and produced grain, the weeds also appeared. Then the servants of the owner came to him and said: ‘Sir, was it not good seed that you sowed in your field? Where did the weeds come from?’. He answered them: ‘This is the work of an enemy’. They asked him: ‘Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?’. He told them: ‘No, when you pull up the weeds, you might uproot the wheat with them. Let them just grow together until harvest; and at harvest time I will say to the workers: Pull up the weeds first, tie them in bundles and burn them; then gather the wheat into my barn’».

Illustration: Fr. Lluís Raventós Artés

Today we continue in the fields of the Kingdom. The tares appear! “To sow tares" sounds bad and has bad press. But there are some who dedicate themselves to that, making souls dizzy. We should not be surprised: Jesus himself had to endure them. He spent doing well to all and, you see, He ended on the Cross.

"The followers of Christ cannot avoid the tares. Patience! Jesus did not condemn anyone and He rather came to save what was lost. The Justice of God includes the "Patience of God."

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