16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
People have asked time and again, why does evil continue to exist in this world? Just think of the many drug pushers, the producers of pornographic pictures, corrupt government officials, the criminals, etc. And this often time baffles us because some who are trying to be good seem to be the losers while the evildoers even prosper! Such is the mystery of evil in the world.
Marami ang ipinapahiwatig ng Ebanghelyo sa Linggong ito:
1. Nothing evil will ever come from the Lord.
If ever this is evil, it comes from the DEVIL. In the Gospel, Jesus explains that to us: “The enemy who sows the weeds is the evil one.”
2. Another point in the parable:
Paano nahasikan ng masamang damo ?
The gospel tells us that while everyone was asleep, his enemy came and sowed weeds through his wheat and then went off. So, paano nahasikan ng masamang damo? NATUTULOG…Kapag hindi tayo magbabatay, madali tayong mahahasikan ng masamang damo.
The theme of watching is very important in our Christian living. We are told in the scripture to always keep watch because the devil is like a roaring lion always looking for someone to devour. Remember that the devil always looks for the weakness of the person and attacks him where he is weak.
3. Patience of God
` The owner’s slaves came to him and said: “Do you want us to go out and pull out the weeds?”
Ano ang sinabi ng Panginoon? “No, pull out the weeds and you might take the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest then at harvest time I will order the harvesters. First, collect the weeds and bundle them up to be burnt then gather the wheat into my barns.
Our usual and immediate reaction is to try to uproot the weeds. The parable shows us how to be patient as the Lord is. He never loses his hope and easily gives upon us. Rather He gives us all the opportunities to be converted. He always invites us his prodigal sons to come back to our senses and return to him.
Jesus is teaching us that when God allows both the weeds and the wheat to grow together—the good and the bad—it is because He wants the conversion of sinners and not their death. He does not love only the just and the good; He loves all, even the wicked because they too are His creatures, and the only thing that He truly wants is that they change their lives and be converted.