16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Originally delivered on July 22, 1990
Readings: Wisdom 12:13, 16-19; Romans 8:26-27; Matthew 13:24-43 or 13:24-30
We must resist the temptation to solve complex problems with quick and dramatic solutions. We, as God’s children, must learn to live in the midst of perceived evils because uprooting the bad is always at the risk of destroying what God alone knows to be good. Therefore, we must accept what we perceive as evil because we might be wrong. We must nurture, encourage, and courageously sacrificing and allow God to sort things out later. What we must do then is to call ourselves and others to do good. Through careful, loving cultivation of each individual, can we deal appropriately with the presence of evil? Jesus spoke in parables for us to come to a deeper, fuller understanding of the truth. We must trust in God.