God is All-Powerful (and it matters)
Dear brothers and sisters,
This weekend’s Gospel reading is the Parable of the Weeds and the Wheat (Matthew 13:24-43). One surprising thing about this parable is the calm, patient reaction of the landowner. This was a wealthy and powerful man – only wealthy and powerful people owned multiple slaves. How do wealthy and powerful people usually react to enemies who try to interfere with their business? It’s typically not with such calm and patience, but with quick revenge. So, why was this landowner able to take this attack from an enemy in stride? We should not be naive – this was a serious attack; it will cause the landowner more than four times the normal amount of investment to bring in the harvest. They will have to harvest twice the weight as normal. Then they will have to disassemble the harvested bundles in order to re-assemble two separate sets of bundles. This was a smart and efficient enemy!
The landowner is able to stay calm and patient because he represents God, the landowner of the world. God isn’t just wealthy and powerful; God is all-powerful, and when you are all-powerful, no attack of evil can really bother you. As the First Reading puts it, “your [God’s] mastery over all things makes you lenient to all... for power, whenever you will, attends you” (Wisdom 12:16,18). He will use even the evil actions of his enemies to build up his Kingdom – omnipotence is like that. An omnipotent God can afford to be merciful, because in the end, he will be able to put all things right. If we thought about this characteristic of God more often and more deeply, it would make a difference in our life. We would be more like the farmer in the parable, able to remain calm and patient in the face of life’s troubles and injustices. Our God is all-powerful, and it matters (adapted from www.epriest.com).
Many thanks to Msgr. Alfred LoPinto for helping out with Masses this past week, as I was away on vacation. May God bless him in his ministry.