Commentary on the Gospel of
Ex 33: 7-11; Mt 13: 36-43
What intimacy! We see Moses leaving the people to enter the tent for a face to face meeting with God! In such a quiet, secluded moment, God reveals himself to Moses.
Likewise, the disciples enjoy a quiet moment with Jesus. Jesus leaves the crowds and directs his words solely to his disciples in a house, exhorting them that those that do God’s will are children of the kingdom. May we seek such moments of quiet solitude with Jesus.
Commentary by Andrzej Kobylski cmf
30 July, 2019, Matthew 13:36-43
Seldom, we may see as clear a message as this. But at least two questions appear. First, why does Jesus say this about the end of the world? It may seem for many people that talking about the end of the world stays contrary to reason. But this idea is present in the whole Bible. Moreover, many scientists, particularly astronomers, openly say that a disaster on a global scale might happen. It is also the end of our own world when we meet death. Second, why does God allow the good and the bad to live together? Wouldn’t it have been better if God had wiped evil out of the world? We might say yes, it would, but certainly God doesn’t want the sinner to die and his salutary patience is a key. We might say yes, but on the other hand who of us is free from sin? It is not us who God calls to be the judge, so what we should do is to strive to follow God’s will. Of course, there is a subtle difference between not judging people and staying idle in the face of evil. A lack of reaction may make us surrender to evil. All we have to know is the Church is for all people – good and bad – and we all, particularly bad, still have time to become virtuous. But it won’t be indefinitely.