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1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 "- Commentary Three more parables: Weeds, mustard seed, leaven el Commentary for the Sunday, Ordinary July 18, 1993, Cycle A: 13:24-43. Matthew's collection of the of Jesus continues. He been following Mark's collec- of parables closely up to this Now he omits a Marcan growing se- and substitutes one about sowing weeds secretly of wheat. Why the Mark, speaking from a of persecution of the demonstrates its contin- growth in secret. Matthew is more concerned demonstrating that the Church is a society up not only of saints but also of sinners. e of the weeds in the wheat: A man wheat. At night an enemy sows weeds into Wheat. Both germinate and grow. The employ- farmer want to pull the weeds. The cautions to leave the weeds alone ;t, or they might pull up the wheat The point of the story for Jesus was that Is no such thing as a perfect community on Both the Pharisees and the priests responsi- the Dead Sea Scrolls tried to set up com- of the perfect. They were exclusiveand outsiders with arrogance and contempt as Lers to be avoided. According to our some Pharisees could not understand Jesus could associate with people they : He appeals to them to recognize that : decision about who is acceptable or not BCN FATHER DILGER COLUMNIST should be left to the final judg- ment, the harvest. The early Christian Church after Jesus would have used the parable in the same way. Sin and sinners are part of every commu- nity including the Church. It is not for Christians to judge others as sinners. That should be left to God, the landowner, at the har- vest. Matthew, however, with his frightening use of judgment vo- cabulary, loses the original point of the parable and turns it into a series of dreadful threats of final fire with weeping and gnashing of teeth. This tells us something about Matthew's personality. Parable of the Mustard Seed: Mustard seed was regarded as proverbially small. Though it is not actually the smallest of seeds, the parable so describes it. Matthew follows Mark when he says that this tiny seed grows into the greatest of shrubs. Then, like Luke, Matthew adds that it grows into a tree, so that birds can nest in its branches. Actually it does not become a tree, but the idea is based on a parable in the Book of Daniel about a tree that becomes so great that an- imals find shelter under it, birds nest in it, and all creatures are fed by its fruit. Jesus directed this parable at his disciples. They were small in number but should not be discouraged: Like the mustard seed they would grow into a large community attracting people of all nations..The Church after Jesus would have used this paabl to justify preaching tp all na- tions rather than to Jews only For Matfhew the parable fits his theological plan. From a small be- ginning among the Jews, the Christian movement would become an organism "making disciples of all nations, an organism in which "many will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob." Parable of the Leaven: A woman takes a small bit of yeast and buries it in a large amount of dough. The dough comes to life and rises into a huge mass. The message is the same as the pre- ceding parable. It encourages the disciples and later Christians to continue their work in hope of sanctifying the whole world Applying these three parables to our own life is limited only by our imagination. Some possi: bilities: The first parable cautions us not to be hasty about condemning people. It is not our business to do this. Instead of private fraternal correction as required by the gospel to be done between two in disagreement, we tend to tell oth- ers instead, initiating rumors destructive of friendships and personalities. A reputation ru- ined is impossible to restore. What seem like weeds in the garden may have turned out to be flowers, if we had not ripped them out and thrown them away. The second and third parables serve as en- couragement to face and overcome whatever dif- ficulties we encounter in living a Christian life in office, farm, factory, or family. What may seem an impossible task may turn out to be a victor- that sanctifies us and those around us. Other readings: Wisdom 12:13, 16-19j.Ro - mans 8:26-27. page 7 Conference, Executive Inn, Vin- "Make Me An S[ akers: Father S.S.I and Sudol. Cost: ne get one free with Under 18 free. stay: $12 per person linens. Virginia 12} 882-8315. and Fellowship Group, Venings, 7 8 p.m., Qn Church, Evans:ille. Pfister: (J63-3794. Mercy Prover Group. . :3P," izn, v. St. Simon Xx"ash i'l*'t')t E\\; fH'VOllU .% , 1. of Christ," Prayer V 6:45 p.m. e Welcom{L St. Ioseph, ,Groups of Suicide, July 12, United Methodist dlle. (812) 426- Rachel, helps women ering from Post no and recon- II1 with the Church. "1445 to talk to a spe- ned counselor who will )alh to healing. confidential. lel ]S a service of es. and Rebuilding, first the. month. 7:15 Methodist Temple. e. {812) 426-2640. )ression Support and third Wednes- lonth, 7- 8 p.m., )ital, Evansville. mn to family, with manic de- Facilitator: Mary page Z2 Golden Jubilarians Sylvester and Anita (Welp) Merter of Jasper will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with an Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. July 18 at the Knights of Columbus Home in Jasper. The couple requests no gifts. They were married July 17, 1943, at St. Anthony Church, St. Anthony. 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