Commentary on the Gospel of

NOVICE MASTER Fr. Johnson Joseph, cmf

The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The good seed are the children of the kingdom. In a world that seems so closed to the Gospel, and which seems so often overrun by weeds, these words bring true reassurance. Yet it is an unsettling question to ask: If the sower is good and seed is also good, how to explain evil that haunts humanity today. We can rely on the power and wisdom of the Son of Man, as we try to be good instruments and co-workers in his work. The field is the world. Jesus once said that the harvest is very plentiful.

We painfully glance at the world as it struggles to find its way in the new situation created by the coronavirus. We have Jesus’ words that enkindle Life and Light in people’s hearts. Those who accept the kingdom then find themselves ranged against the powers of evil. The faithful followers of the kingdom will have to wait for ‘the end of time’ – when heavenly powers will burn the power of evil, and the evil-doers will get what they deserve. This parable is there to re-assure us that our decisions for good or for evil do really matter – and that our efforts are really taken seriously by the Lord. Where there is the word of life of Jesus, there is always hope of redemption and of the triumph of good over evil.

The ultimate victory of goodness and love, truth and justice will be accomplished by the Son of Man at ‘the harvest at the end of the age’.  In each of us strengths and weaknesses of personality exist together, as do our goodness and faults. God sees us whole, and looks on the total field. All are growing together and too much emphasis on faults means we may forget our goodness. Like a seed growing towards the light, we need to turn to God and grow in the presence of God who loves us at all times.


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