Today is Tuesday the 27 July, in the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time.
Tenebrae, directed by Nigel Short, sing the Shestopsalmiye from Rachmaninov’s Vespers: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.’ As I enter into prayer today, as I enter into this conversation with the Lord, I too ask him to open my lips to speak to him, but first for an open ear to listen to him.
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Matthew.
Then Jesus left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!
Jesus told many parables during his life; why do you think the disciples asked him to explain this particular parable, “of the weeds of the field”?
There are many images described in today’s reading. Which of them stand out or catch your eye? Why do you think this is?
As you hear the reading read again, Jesus explaining what this parable means, notice how what he says makes you feel?
Perhaps now you might want to take some time to talk to God about what this parable means to you.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.