Gospel: Matthew 13:24-30
Jesus told the people another parable, “The kingdom of heaven can be compared to a man, who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep, his enemy came, and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the plants sprouted and produced grain, the weeds also appeared. Then, the servants of the owner came, and said to him, ‘Sir, was it not good seed that you
sowed in your field? Where did the weeds come from?’
He answered them, ‘This is the work of an enemy.’ They asked him,
‘Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?’ He told them, ‘No, when you pull up the weeds, you might uproot the wheat with them. Let them grow together, until harvest; and, at harvest time, I will say to the workers: Pull up the weeds first, tie them in bundles and burn them; then gather the wheat into my barn.’”
“This is the work of an enemy.”
Evil is in opposition to God. Its primary intent is to destroy the good that God has made: everything that bears God’s love, anything that expresses his goodness.
Jesus recognizes and identi- fies the existence of evil in the world and its capacity to wield destructive power within the created order. He is aware of its power to inflict suffering and pain. The evil one is out there simply to destroy God’s beauti- ful creation, humans and nonhu- mans alike; and his main agent of destruction is humanity itself. Just as we can be instruments of God’s goodness, so too can we become means of unleashing this evil power. The evil one’s fo- cus of ruination is “relationships”. Relationship is a basic element within creation. Human society, family, friendship collapse, when relationship breaks down. The environment, the natural world, decline, when human relation- ship with them is characterized by alienation. What are the forms and manner that the evil one uses to ruin relationships?
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