Assurance of the God’s Final Harvest
I will speak about the joy of receiving the sacrament of reconciliation with someone I meet today, planting in that person’s heart the seed of the desire to receive this sacrament.
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Memorial of Saint Joachim and
Saint Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Matthew 13: 36-43
dismissed the crowds and went into the house. His disciples approached him and said, "Explain to us
the parable of the weeds in the field." He said in reply, "He who sows good seed is the Son of Man,
the field is the world, the good seed the children of the Kingdom. The weeds are the children of the
Evil One, and the enemy who sows them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the
harvesters are angels. Just as 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 who
cause others to sin and all evildoers. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will
be wailing and grinding of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their
Father. Whoever has ears ought to hear."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, thank you for this new day. I believe that you are
present in my heart. I believe that you want to give me your wisdom to live this life fruitfully. I
trust that your mercy will protect me as I struggle against evil. I love you because you have
overcome evil by your cross and resurrection. I want to live this moment of prayer as an intense
moment to be transformed by you.
Petition: Lord, help me to look forward to
your triumph with hope.
1. Peace in the FightHe is Watching Us: . The
difference between good and evil is not lost for God. He knows the struggles we have to live
goodness in this world that is often so impregnated with evil. He assures us that he sees the good
that is done and will give recompense for it. I should strive to live each day knowing that I am
seen by God and consistently trying to sow goodness in my life.
2. God Has the Last Say the Limit of Evil: . When it sometimes it
seems like evil can triumph in the world, we need to recognize that God has the last say over evil.
He mysteriously allows evil to exist so that good can become purified. There will be a moment when
evil will be judged and will no longer have power over our lives. If we have sowed goodness with our
lives and if we are living in God’s grace, he will free us from the domain of evil forever. Let us
build up our confidence in the coming of his kingdom. Let us use the struggle against evil as a way
to show the sincerity of our love.
The Harvest Is Coming We Reap What We Sow: . The assurance of Christ that there will be a
final judgment gives Christians both soberness and joy in living their lives. We know our efforts
are not in vain. We realize that this life is the short opportunity the Father gives us to do good
and prepare for our great destiny with him. When I am tempted to lose patience in the fight, I must
remember that soon the struggles will soon be over, and God will more than recompense for the
sacrifices I have made in following his will and promoting goodness in the world.
Conversation with Christ: Lord, I believe that you are in charge of my life. I renew
my trust in the triumph of your holiness in my life. When I feel the pull of evil in my heart, I
will remember that this life is short and that my struggle is precious in your eyes. Help me to keep
my eyes on the happiness you are preparing for me.
Resolution: I will speak about
the joy of receiving the sacrament of reconciliation with someone I meet today, planting in that
person’s heart the seed of the desire to receive this sacrament.
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