In the first reading, we learn all about the immensity of God’s mercy. My concern in these modern times is that we depend too much on God’s mercy. God is merciful when we are repentant – key word – repentant. In today’s world, it seems as though wrong has been made right and sin just doesn’t exist in the minds of so many. It is presumptuous – to say the least – that God will overlook all of our shortcomings and even “in your face” sinfulness if we are not sorry for what we have done.
In the second reading, I was struck by this – I thought of how under employed the Holy Spirit is in my own faith life. Here, Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit can make up for what is lacking in our own prayers if we but ask for His assistance. I know that I pray a lot, but I surely have not perfected the art of prayer. I am often lacking in discipline, concentration or even words. I simply need to utter, “Come Holy Spirit,” and He comes. We have a God who comes to us. How great is our King!
In the gospel, the picture Jesus paints of the weed and the good seed is vivid. Before we start thinking to ourselves, “Darn those weeds in our lives,” we should remember that at times, we can all be weedy. When we let the vices within us squeeze out the virtues – If we can just keep trying – each time we fall off of the wagon, ask forgiveness, and then get back right back on that wagon – the wagon that will eventually take us to our heavenly reward. The graces of the sacraments can help us! I love the last line : “Then the righteous will shine like the sun
in the kingdom of their Father.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.” Won’t it be cool to shine like the sun??
Oh, this is how it starts, lightning strikes the heart
It goes off like a gun, brighter than the sun….:)