Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

 

Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

July 28, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Book of the Prophet Jeremiah 14:17-22

Psalm 79

Matthew 13:36-43

 

I suspect that recently, many of us have been reflecting on the effect of evil in the world, particularly how evil acts affect innocent people.  For example, an innocent bystander is shot in a robbery, a child is abused by a relative, or a woman is sexually assaulted on the way home from work.  These events that are reported daily should not be overlooked.  Everyday the rights of innocent people are violated by others.  The innocent are adversely affected by the events, but the perpetrators, if not caught, seem to continue their evil acts.

So then, where is God’s justice for these innocent people damaged by others?  I wish there were easy answers to this question.  Yet, God will be there to comfort the injured and aid them to recovery.  Yet nothing can be done to take away the fact that an evil, sinful, act has been committed. 

Jesus’ Words in today’s Gospel narrative does give a response to the previous question.  His parable of the harvest explains God’s plan for righteous and for evildoers.  The plan sounds fine, but my concerns for the innocent are more immediate.  My heart goes out to the innocent and I still want to protect them from evil.

Maybe this is God’s call to Christians (and all people,) that is, to protect the innocent, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and speak for the voiceless.   Just maybe, with our prayers that can move mountains and our charitable acts toward others we are the ones to help transform our world.  God’s call seems to be asking Christians to be co-creators of the kingdom of God on earth.  How you personally respond is entirely up to you.

Question of the Day:  How can you become a voice for one who is voiceless?

Prayer:  “The seed is the Word of God, Christ is the sower; all who come to Him will live for ever.”  Amen.

Please continue to pay for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic as well as for peace in our country and in our world.

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