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SUNDAY 16A – 19th July 2020

In today’s Gospel Our Lord says: “The Kingdom of Heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed … the enemy came, sowed darnel among the wheat and the servants of the owner said: “Let them grow to the harvest; and at harvest time I shall say to the reapers: First collect the darnel and tie it in bundles to be burnt then gather the wheat to my barn.”

Our Lord says that people of this kingdom on earth are “subjects of the evil one.” That’s a surprising claim. People of this kingdom are people whose heart is not for God first, but themselves, the world and the evil one, are their first love.

Our Lord did say that the prince of this kingdom on earth is the evil one.

To His disciples, Our Lord said (John 14:36): “I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming.” This kingdom on the earth is subject to sin, since sin entered into the world by Adam and Eve. Therefore, this kingdom is going in one direction – that is further into sin, further into chaos, further into the power of the evil one.

St Paul in Romans 8:21 said that this world, this kingdom, is in “bondage of decay.” In other words, this world, this kingdom is decaying.

St Paul said: “We wait for creation to be set free from the bondage of decay to be brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.” “We, who possess the Holy Spirit, groan inwardly as we eagerly wait for our adoption as sons and daughters, the redemption of our bodies.”

God is calling to keep our eyes on Him and on His Kingdom and not on this kingdom on earth. The darnel in today’s Gospel, looks like wheat, but it is a poison and causes nausea when eaten. The darnel of this kingdom is the flesh and the world, which looks attractive or enticing, but its rewards are misery, leaving us more vulnerable to the control of the evil one.

The wheat also refers to the Eucharist, which Our Lord called “food for eternal life” (John 6:51) and which the Church calls the “bread of angels.”

In other words, the Eucharist is the food of God’s Kingdom. Whereas, darnel represents the food of this world. This food is poison which leads to death or separation from God’s love and life.

In today’s Gospel, the owner of the field allowed the darnel to grow.

God allows evil people to exist in this world. St Jose Maria Escriva, on commenting on this point, said we should not be scandalized by the co-existence of evil in this world, because evil only exists for our sanctification, in order to restore God’s Kingdom. Temptations, evil people, physical sickness etc, only exists in order to prompt us to see God’s Love.

In God’s Kingdom, in heaven, we will have the beatific vision, where we will see God face to face. His Love for you is so great that you would think that, in Gods Mind, you were the only creature He had created. It would appear, that all His Love is for you alone. You would understand that His Love for you is infinite and unconditional. You would be perfectly fulfilled, yet His Love is always more. You would want to return His Love by wanting to love Him in return with all your heart and you would want to be all that His Love wants for you.

At the last supper Our Lord pushed St John’s, the beloved Apostles, head on His Sacred Heart. St John had a foretaste of heaven. He experienced God’s Love as the Angels and Saints in heaven do, perfect fulfillment which is always more. As a result, St John was completely or totally committed to Our Lord.

Of course, St John could not leave his head permanently on Our Lords Heart, but it was Our Lord’s Will that St John would always experience that Love.

Here in, is the difference between this kingdom and God’s Kingdom. In this kingdom we seek fulfillment from the flesh or the world or the evil one. In God’s Kingdom we, like the angels and saints, seek fulfilment in God’s Love.

It is God’s Will that each one of us always rest our had on His Sacred Heart to always experience His love as the Angels and Saints do in Heaven.

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