Moses went and told the people all the commands of the Lord and all the ordinances. In answer, all the people said with one voice, ‘We will observe all the commands that the Lord has decreed.’ Moses put all the commands of the Lord into writing, and early next morning he built an altar at the foot of the mountain, with twelve standing-stones for the twelve tribes of Israel. Then he directed certain young Israelites to offer holocausts and to immolate bullocks to the Lord as communion sacrifices. Half of the blood Moses took up and put into basins, the other half he cast on the altar. And taking the Book of the Covenant he read it to the listening people, and they said, ‘We will observe all that the Lord has decreed; we will obey.’ Then Moses took the blood and cast it towards the people. This’ he said ‘is the blood of the Covenant that the Lord has made with you, containing all these rules.’
Jesus put a parable before the crowds, ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everybody was asleep his enemy came, sowed darnel all among the wheat, and made off. When the new wheat sprouted and ripened, the darnel appeared as well. The owner’s servants went to him and said, “Sir, was it not good seed that you sowed in your field? If so, where does the darnel come from?” “Some enemy has done this” he answered. And the servants said, “Do you want us to go and weed it out?” But he said, “No, because when you weed out the darnel you might pull up the wheat with it. Let them both grow till the harvest; and at harvest time I shall say to the reapers: First collect the darnel and tie it in bundles to be burnt, then gather the wheat into my barn.”’
We will observe all that the Lord has decreed; we will obey
The Israelites during the time of Moses lived a life of contradiction for we read in the first reading of today that they chose to obey the commandments of God but were very quick to forget the covenant which they had made with God and go back to the idols. The readings of today remind us that we still have time on this earth to continue to repent to God but once our time is up, there can be no turning back.
The parable of the wheat and the darnel is an appropriate reminder to us regarding the importance of not taking things for granted. We may see evil and all things go wrong around us but there is actually a greater plan of God which we are not aware of. Indeed, we should be careful not to let the seemingly unfairness of world discourage us in our faith. Instead maybe we could consider that the presence of the evil is a reminder to us that we should always remain faithful to God and to always seek Him despite our failings.
Let us not waste our time on earth but instead remember that our lives are finite and we will have to return to God eventually and be held accountable of our actions.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Nicholas Chia)
Prayer: Dear Lord, let us never take your love for granted.
Thanksgiving: We give thanks for all who love us.