Saturday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Book of Exodus 24:3-8, Psalm 50:1-2, 5-6, 14-15, & Matthew 13:24-30
Today, the reading from Exodus ends with the 'Book of the Covenant' which is the very heart of the Mosaic Torah. In a solemn ceremony presided over by Moses, the covenant union between God and the people was celebrated. A bit later in the chapter, a sacred meal is added to signify the same result—a lasting bond between God and the people. The symbolism is repeated, with some modification, in our Eucharistic service. Over the chalice, the priest repeats Jesus' words, "This is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant."
The Gospel narrative of Saint Matthew advises patience and hope in the face of wrongdoing by others. If weeds are discovered in a wheat field, and the prophet-servants want to go out and pull them up, the master says, "NO! If you pull up the weeds, you might take the wheat along with them." God doe not tolerates evil forever but allows time for the harvest to be properly harvested and brought home.
Like the farmer in the parable, the Lord is patient with us. We need to be patient with ourselves and with each other, which is not complacency but rather the realistic recognition that we are all a work in progress. God has begun the good work in our lives, and even if it is not perfect in this life, God will bring His good work to completion in eternity.
Question of the Day: How will you identify the wheat from the weeds in your life?
Prayer: May God help us discern properly, be fruitful, and have unity following Him. Amen.