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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Tuesday 17th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 13,36-43): (…) His disciples came to him saying, «Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field». He answered them, «(…) Just as the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so will it be at the end of time. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom all that is scandalous and all who do evil. And these will be thrown in the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the just will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. If you have ears, then hear».

Not everything ends with death: God’s Judgment

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, the parable of the weeds transmits a twofold message. The first one, for today’s time: during this "time of the Church” we shall verify that together with the Kingdom of God —that gave us Jesus Christ— there also appears the evil. God does not rush to extirpate it: it is "God’s patience“ that respects human freedom, for He let us walk by holding fast to a very long rope.

The second one, for the time beyond: not everything ends with death. This is the fundamental belief which our Christian faith starts out from (that, in different modalities is common to the whole of mankind). In some way, we all feel that there must be something else, something more. This means we have a responsibility to God; that there will certainly be a judgment and that, human life may bear fruit or fail.

—O Lord, we ask you to help us to bear much fruit in our lives, a fruit to stay. Only this way our earth may turn into “God’s garden” instead of a Vale of Tears.