Saturday from the 16e week in ordinary time (Mt 13: 24-30)
The parable of the wheat and the tares seems to allow good and evil to coexist, without intervention. Let’s actually look at the good news of this Word. Each of us is therefore sown in this world by Jesus, in the right place, at the right time, with other good seeds. And we are good, from the beginning of our history, and remain so until the end, regardless of the parasites in our growth. Every seed sown grows, and produces an ear, loved and cherished by Christ, which never leaves his field. As for the demon, he is just passing by. He sows discord over the wheat: friends of discord are seen and valued, dominating. But the essential part of the celestial know-how is not to uproot the wheat; and the root of our lives is the love of God. The beauty of the Kingdom is to let this love grow. The verb let in Greek (aphiemi) means to abandon (the harvest and its evaluation) to God, but also to forgive: to forgive the bad realities to increase at the same time as the good. God, with his angels, brings together the good and the beautiful of our life, in his attic. In Exodus, the granary designates the store of manna for the Sabbath day. In a Christian reading, it is the Eucharistic reserve. The good of our life is seamlessly aggregated to the Body of Christ, in His Heart.
An apostolic sister of Saint John
Other texts: Ex 24, 3-8; Ps 49.
Monday July 26, St. Anne and St. Joachim, parents of the Virgin Mary (Mt 13, 31-35)
I wonder today about the last sentence of this passage from the Gospel. How to read this quote from Psalm 77 (78): “I will open my mouth for parables, I will publish what has been hidden since the foundation of the world” ? It seems to me that Jesus speaks in parables because he does not want to teach. He wants us to change our outlook and enter the world of faith to make the Kingdom of God visible to the blind that we are. To do this, Jesus knows that it is important that we meet the God who is near. This is why he chooses the parable in order to walk with his interlocutor, to make him make an interior journey in complete freedom. Jesus, Word made flesh, does not impose himself, He commits to our side for the struggle of daily life. Jesus does not change reality, but he opens a window to newness. It offers an understanding oriented towards the love of God, of neighbor and of oneself. With Jesus, the ordinary becomes extraordinary. The smallest vegetable seed and the leaven in the dough become important and necessary for others. The ferment makes it possible to make bread which can be shared and which will satisfy men. The mustard seed will become a place inhabited by many birds. Jesus therefore speaks in parables to show that the Kingdom of God is a mystery to be sought and unveiled, and that it is a freedom that comes from elsewhere that cannot be locked away.
An oblate of the Assumption
Other texts: Ex 32, 15-24.30-34; Ps 105.