God's Final Harvest
Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time.
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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Matthew 13: 36-43
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
1. He 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
try to sow goodness in my life.
2. The Limit of Evil: When 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.
3. 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 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
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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