Saturday, the 16th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Stanley Rother
Readings for today’s Mass
This story becomes an analogy for me of humanity. The first thing that catches my attention is the question of the slave to the master: Did we not sow good seed in your field? i am reminded of God's self satisfying comment at the end of each day's creation: God found everything good. As the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well. And so it was with the first caretakers of the garden and with us who started out very good, but then something changed as sin entered into the world. For the farmer in the parable, it wasn't until harvest time, the end of the growing season that things would be set right. At harvest time I will say to the harvesters, "First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn."
That's our story too. When we were first planted in the womb, God said this is very good seed. But as we grew, temptation drew us into the weeds of sin that can choke us and bleed us of life. While we struggle to be good, we can also be teased by evil. But our faith in Jesus gives us great hope for redemption by his blood that reconciles us again with the father. At the end of our time, the weeds of sin will be gathered up to be burned and we hope for a plentiful harvest.