Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time ‘c’
During almost every mass, following the reading of the Gospel, there is a homily given by the priest or deacon. The reason for this homily, or sermon if you wish, is very simple -- to explain to the congregation what God is trying to tell us using certain readings, psalms, and of course the Gospel. Some of the preachers do this better than others, but the goal is the same -- trying to find that important message that God wants to share with us through those particular readings. Sometimes that important message is hidden in the parables or in symbols that are hard to understand. Remember, they were written over 2000 years ago, so not everything is that clear. We all need some explanation; we listen to homilies and read the commentaries. But on the top of that, we need to ask the Holy Spirit to make our hearts open to receive God’s message. This is exactly what the disciples asked Jesus: “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” – they asked the Lord. We also need to ask the Lord to help us to understand and find the true meaning.