Wednesday, March 23, 2016

PARABLE of the WEEDS (Matthew 13:24-30)

“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed good seeds in his field.  One night, when everyone was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.  When the plants grew and the heads of the grains began to form, then the weeds showed up.  The man’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, it was good seeds you sowed in your filed; where did the weeds come from?'  'It was some enemy who did this,’  he answered. ‘Do you want us to go and pull out the weeds?’ they asked him.  ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because as you gather the weeds, you might pull up some of the wheat along with them.  Let the wheat and the weeds grow together until harvest time, and then I will tell the harvest workers:  Pull up the weeds first and tie them in bundles to throw in the fire; then gather in the wheat and put it in my barn.’”

Why are there so many individuals and even families whose main preoccupation is how to fool and steal from others, how to oppress and despise them, how to manipulate and use others, how to cheat and make fools of them?  Why are there criminals who not only kill but also chop, not only murder but also violate the bodies of those they assassinate?

Why are there these and those characters who not only use but also manufacture  and sell illegal drugs?  Why are there these and those hoodlums who not merely violate but also sell women and children?  Why are there these and those crooks who are masters in cheating and robbing others of their hard-earned resources and savings?

Why are there public officials – from the local to the national levels of government – who are masters in engaging in graft and corrupt practices?  Why are there politicians who are experts in lying and cheating, in fooling and using people for their devious and odious personal good, for their devious family advantage?

In the light of the Gospel as above cited, it is no less than the Lord Jesus Christ Himself who has already long since answered the above usual questions and gross illnesses in human society – the People of the Philippines well-included.  The above questions asked are already well answered by the previously cited “Parable of the Weeds”.  Hence:

It is true that good and bad individuals, virtuous and vicious persons, saints and devils are allowed to co-exist here and now.  But there will be surely  an end to such coexistence when the right time comes.  Then, the former and the latter will have their respective rightful place and destiny.

It is true that the honest and the cheats, the good-doers and the criminals are found in human society at the same time – with the former being social assets while the latter are a composite social curse.  But, time will likewise definitely come when they will find their salvation and condemnation.

That is infallible Gospel truth!