November 7, 2021Download the Bulletin as a PDF
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
24th Sunday after Pentecost
(Resumed 5th Sunday after Epiphany)
24 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27 And the servants of the householder came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then has it weeds?’ 2 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29 But he said, ‘No; lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’” Matthew 13,24-30
The devil will try to prevent every good thing and to ruin or at least tarnish every good thing that he cannot prevent. He will sow weeds among the wheat.
“False prophets come after true Prophets, false apostles after the Apostles, and Antichrist after Christ. For unless the Devil sees somewhat to imitate, and some to lay in wait against, he does not attempt any things. Therefore because he saw that his man bears fruit an hundred, this sixty, and this thirty-fold, and that he was not able to carry off or to hoke that which had taken root, he turns to other insidious practices, mixing up his own sees, which is a counterfeit off the true, and thereby imposes upon such as are prone to be deceived. So the parable speaks, not of another seed, but of weeds which bear a great likeness to wheat corn. Further, the malignity of the Devil is shown in this, that he sowed when all else was completed, that he might do the greater hurt to the husbandman.” St. John Chrysostom
In the end, all will be known and God’s justice will be done for it would be a shame to mistake weeds for wheat.
Lord, deliver us from evil.
Rev. Christopher J. Pollard