Can we say that we are good or bad people? Some talk about a person as good and others as bad – and it is the same person. Why? What is it in? St. Mark represents “…the seed that a person throws into the ground…” (Mk 4:26).
Jesus points to the Old Testament psalm (cf. 78:2) “I will open my mouth in parables, I will tell what has been hidden since the creation of the world” (Mt 13:35). Our life is too short to waste it, and we only have one life that will not be repeated, and therefore Jesus’ words are a lesson for us to correctly accept the reality of good and evil that exists in the world and that a person, gifted with reason and free will, cannot avoid.
Jesus says: “The sower of the good seed is the Son of man” – that is, himself. The role is the world. The good seed are the sons of the kingdom, the tares are the sons of the evil one. The enemy who sowed it is the devil. The harvest is the end of the world and the reapers are angels” ( Mt 13,37-39).
Jesus reminds us that we should always be on our guard, we should watch so that evil does not surprise us. Evil, the Devil, is by God’s permission. It may seem to a person that evil triumphs over good, that the tares destroy the wheat. The opposite is true. Jesus does not teach us resignation. God has prepared a reward for faithfulness to God in the battles and struggles that a person must overcome in life. In the parables, Jesus clearly teaches that the battle between good and evil, if we persevere in doing good, no one will be harmed, on the contrary, let’s remember the “beatitudes”.
More and more young people are looking for a way to spiritual values in their lives. And precisely during the summer months, first for three days, then for a week, and then for a whole month, they are invited to various meetings – supposedly with a spiritual focus. Members of these sects, such as the Unification Church founded by San Myung Mun, whose wife travels the world and under various names, with the help of her followers, organizes the Federation of Families for World Peace, mislead and mislead especially the young. It ends not only with a joint marriage in the stadiums. In the same way, the followers of Sri Chinmoy work here in connection with integral yoga, i.e. the combination of spiritual exercises with artistic creativity and sports performances. A beautiful new world is offered by Oberto Airaudi and esoteric. With the help of music, singing, he gains followers.
Even though Jesus says that it is necessary to wait to pull out the tares, we must not be silent, passively waiting, when we see how sects destroy young lives. Let’s distinguish good from evil.
What is my relationship to the Church? Do I know my duties, obligations and tasks towards the Church?
Co-worker John asked Josef: “Please, how much does the parish priest pay you for doing church maintenance?” And how much does it give you that I can see you running errands for him around the church or the parish office?” Josef replies to John: “I’m sorry, I’ll probably surprise you with my answer. I’m not doing it for the priest and for money, I’m doing it for my Church.” We will meet such people.
The parables of the Lord Jesus about the “germination of the sown seed” and the “mustard grain” really point to the “Kingdom of God” (Mk 4:26, 30). The Lord Jesus takes the parables from the peasant environment, which are easy to understand even for today’s people. With the parables, he points to the growth of God’s kingdom. The farmer prepares the ground and sows the grain. However, he does not do the main work himself, and this is pointed out by the parable. God, regardless of whether a person “sleeps or gets up, night or day, the seed germinates and grows, and he does not know about it.” (Mk 4:27). Jesus thus points to the kingdom of God, which is guided by its own truths, which is not the fruit of technology. The Kingdom of God thus has a period of germination, growth, ripening, and harvest in society, and also in every person. Often, people and even society are not aware of it.. With the second parable about the “mustard seed”, Jesus wants to emphasize that what seems small, insignificant to a person, when it grows up, outgrows everything that a person himself wanted to do.
The truth that is hidden in these parables is a proof of faith for us. After two millennia, we have evidence of Jesus’ care for the Church. Our faith should be greater than that of the first Christians. Jesus turns to us with parables. We have to give an answer to the words of the Lord Jesus with our lives. Jesus desires from each of us a response to his words. The answer is yes and no. Acceptance of his teachings and rejection of his teachings. God never resigns from a person’s behavior, even if a person stands above his abyss. God does not abandon man. God is waiting for man to accept him as his Lord and God. Freedom and reason – with what God gifted man when he created him in his image, as long as man lives, they can win man the kingdom of God. That binds us.
It is necessary to realize that the Church conveys to us the truths that we have to fulfill in our lives. Our duty is to do what God asks of us. We have to accept the grain of faith. This means – to allow God’s word to grow in us in our lives. God himself will take care of the growth of our faith. We are obliged to observe everything that we are commanded. We do not know the day or the hour of our death. We should always be ready because we do not know our day of harvest. Each grain has a different length of its vegetation. God does not want anything from us beyond our strength. We are obliged to renounce every evil, sin. God has a plan for each of us on earth. It is our duty to implement this plan. God gave us the Church, which teaches us, leads us to the goal, to the kingdom of God. We know that there are many difficulties and obstacles on this path.
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