The good, the bad and the ugly

In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus tells us about the parable of the seeds and he explains at the end that “He who sows the good seed is the Son of man; the field is the world, and the good seed means the sons of the kingdom; the weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the close of the age. The Son of man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.”

What I’d reflect on is the fact that God allows the bad to grow up with the good. He did not stop them in their tracks. He gives us sinners time to grow, to ultimately find our way back to Him at the end of it all, to bear good fruit.

This answers the age-old question of why God allows bad things to happen to good people. End of the day, there is free-will. We live in an ugly world.

A world that is now very much focused on itself. Both at an individual level, and a societal / country level.

My needs come first.

My rights are more important.

Why should I pay more for your good, for your future?

You can see these happening in all sorts of levels with Covid-19. And again in climate change issues. Humanity is on a path of self-destruction.

I have no doubt God can will an outcome desirable to humanity for as long as he wants us around. But we need to open our eyes and our hearts to listen to him – He who has ears. Lest we pay for it in this life with the heat of global warming or in the next life where we’d be judged before the fires of hell.

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