Understanding Hope

 
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Saturday of week 16 in Ordinary Time, based on Jeremiah 7:1-11, Matthew 13:24-30

Jeremiah 7:1-11

The following message came to Jeremiah from the LORD: Stand at the gate of the house of the LORD, and there proclaim this message: Hear the word of the LORD, all you of Judah who enter these gates to worship the LORD! Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Reform your ways and your deeds, so that I may remain with you in this place. Put not your trust in the deceitful words: “This is the temple of the LORD! The temple of the LORD! The temple of the LORD!” Only if you thoroughly reform your ways and your deeds; if each of you deals justly with his neighbor; if you no longer oppress the resident alien, the orphan, and the widow; if you no longer shed innocent blood in this place, or follow strange gods to your own harm, will I remain with you in this place, in the land which I gave your fathers long ago and forever. But here you are, putting your trust in deceitful words to your own loss! Are you to steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal, go after strange gods that you know not, and yet come to stand before me in this house which bears my name, and say: “We are safe; we can commit all these abominations again”? Has this house which bears my name become in your eyes a den of thieves? I too see what is being done, says the LORD.

Matthew 13:24-30

Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds. “The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off. When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well. The slaves of the householder came to him and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ He replied, “No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

5 thoughts on “Understanding Hope

  1. It needs thorough Research to find out the Facts so that we can discern wheat from weeds so we can find a Basis for a better world.

  2. In reaction to the reading from Jeremiah we might be tempted to move in the direction of puritanism or manicheism, deciding that we will identify the good and the bad, sort them both out, and then we will know where we are. If it is just actions or attitudes it is not so bad, if we begin to think that we know who the good people are and who the bad then we are in big trouble. The parable on the other hand might seem to recommend mediocrity, compromise, ‘live and let live’, another kind of extreme. It is another tension between the two readings that I was tempted to speak about, puritanism vs compromise, but more difficult than that between presumption and despair. I chose the easier way!

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