My sisters and brothers in Christ,
Those who are just must be kind.
This small kernel of wisdom from the Book of Wisdom in our first reading today, is a wonderful teaching about God as well. Very often there have been images of God as being just–but as a stern taskmaster who really intends to put most people into hell. Instead, this small gem of a teaching
speaks of kindness. Justice and kindness are linked, not justice and sternness or justice and meanness.
Of course we know from the teachings of our Lord Jesus that God is love and that God loves all that has been created in Him. God loves us, even with our sinfulness. God invites us to share eternal life and to leave our sinfulness aside, knowing that to leave that sinfulness aside will cost us our whole lifetime.
We can hear this teaching clearly in the Gospel today, where there are many images for us to ponder. One of them is that the wheat and the weeds are always together and we need to leave the sorting out to the Lord. Did he not create everything good? Then where did the evil come from? We don’t need to answer that question.
We need only to keep striving to live in the good and to do good and to speak good and all shall be well. That we fail to live completely in the good, that we fail to do good always and that we fail to speak the good is part of our human condition. Every day we need to start fresh, living the joy and the love of our Lord Jesus, no matter what our previous failings.
When we are completely worn out and see only the evil in ourselves and our failures. The second reading today can help us:
The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes
with inexpressible groaning. The same is true when we do not do the good which is possible because it seems impossible in the
moment. The Spirit is there and will take our hand sand help us do what we can.
The challenge of living a truly Christian life is a very simple challenge: trust completely even when it seems hopeless. Trust always and in
every situation. Call to the Lord when we fail and when we fall. Keep asking the Lord to help us. All of this is so simple and even small children realize its truth.
For sure there is a punishment for those who cause others to sin and there is a sorting out of the weeds and the evils at the end of time. We are all guilty and so we belong to that category as well.
We need not fear. God’s love is a consuming fire and will purify us with love if we only call out to Him. Let us practice calling on the Lord today and always.