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TUESDAY OF THE SEVENTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME, JULY 27, 2021



A Gospel according to Mt 13:36-43


Jesus 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.”


REFLECTION:

"The good seed the children of the Kingdom.

The weeds are the children of the Evil One."


Several times a year we hear the parable of the seed and the sower, as well as the explanation Jesus gives the disciples.


Jesus is not mincing words here. Either we are good seed or weeds. We either are here to do good and feed others or to create havoc. And at the end we will receive our just reward.


We try to be good but our weakness makes us falter. We go to confession, and start all over again.


God wants us to take a stand and decide if we are going to be good seed or bad weeds. We are even told in Revelation 3:16: "So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth."


At this point, when we decide to be good, but keep failing, we should not despair:

Euthymius says that if when Judas was tempted to despair, he had invoked the Name of Jesus, he would not have given way to the temptation: "If he had invoked that Name, he would not have perished." Therefore, he adds, no sinner can perish through desperation, however lost he may be, who invokes his Holy Name, which is one of hope and salvation: "Despair is far off where this name is invoked." But sinners leave off invoking this saving Name, because they do not wish to be cured of their infirmities.
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Jesus has promised to be with us until the end of time. And that also includes His Name. Whenever we despair, or feel we are failing, and are not able to go to Mass, or visit Him in the Tabernacle or Monstrance, remember to invoke His Holy Name.


Jesus and Mary, help me!

Jesus and Mary, I recommend myself to You.

Jesus and Mary, I love You, and I give and deliver up to You my whole soul.

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Breathe in: JEE –

Breathe out: SUS.


Breathe in: JEE –

Breathe out: SUS.


Breathe in: JEE –

Breathe out: SUS.


Say this short prayer every time you feel like you "are losing it". He will not fail you.


God Bless y'all!


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