YEAR B: HOMILY FOR SATURDAY OF THE 16TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: WEEDS AMONG WHEAT
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
In today’s Gospel Jesus proposed the parable of the weeds among the wheat to the crowd. The problem of the weeds growing with the wheat was something very familiar to a people where farming was a source of income. In the parable, the owner decided not to remove the weeds because it might also uproot the wheat. He decided to let the weeds grow with the wheat until the wheat is ripe for the harvest. Then, they will just separate the weeds. In the same way, God (owner) will not render judgment on evil people (weeds) while here on earth living with good people (wheat). There are also those (slaves) whom prefer to eliminate the evil ones immediately because they are afraid that the good ones maybe influenced. We not only have a merciful God but a very patient God as well. If God is so patient with us, with our iniquities, stubbornness, hardness of heart, and unfaithfulness, why can’t we? Of course, the capacity to change is the limitation of the weeds. Weeds are weeds. It will just be a matter of time when they will be separated from the wheat and will be burned. But people, evil people, can change. God has the power to inspire and grace them with contrition and repentance. If they will accept God’s invitation and respond with love and faith in God, they can become good. In people, the weeds can becomes wheat. We were created in the image and likeness of God. We have the souls which ache for salvation. God is more powerful than evil. Change can happen to us. God is willing to wait throughout our lifetime to embrace His loving invitation.
If God trusts as so much and He believes that we can change, why can’t we? Why do we lose hope on each other? Why do we even render final judgment on each other that we cannot anymore be reconciled with goodness and with God? The recent killings of illegal drug offenders become relevant. While we are against the lethal and destructive menace of illegal drugs, we cannot solve it by killing those involved. They are more victims than offenders. They need healing and not killing. For them to resort to drugs which bring temporary satisfaction and lots of money, they must be desperately in need or enslaved by them. God still sees the person He created in each one of them. Not that God did not care for their victims. He too gave them ample graces to cope with their situations. In the end, we have a patient and merciful God. He gives us a second, third, and fourth chances. Jesus saved us all and no one was lost. He was not about to change that. He is faithful to Kingdom come.
Come to think of it, is it not true that many of us deserve worse than those we wanted judged or killed? If we want to render judgment on others, what judgment do we give ourselves? Fact is, God had given us that patience and mercy!