Readings for Tuesday July 28, 2009
First Reading: Exodus 33:7-11,34:5-9
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 103
Gospel: Matthew 13:31-35
Jesus dismissed the crowds and went into the house. His disciples approached him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world, the good seed the children of the Kingdom. (Matt 13:36-37)
I am always amazed at the curiosity of children, they seem to never stop asking questions. They are just so curious about the world and how things work, they are always looking for answers and explanations. It seems as parents and role models of children that we have our work cut out for us in having to constantly come up with explanations for them. I know that some days after being around kids all day, you are kind of mentally exhausted and you are really tired of explaining things, but it seems as though they are never really done asking questions. Perhaps kids give us a brief insight into our own relationship with God.
I know that I am constantly asking God for answers in my life. Many times I want to know what is going to happen, how things work, why something has happened, and what things mean. It seems as though I am always asking God for explanations, much like the disciples in today's gospel. The good news is that unlike parents or other role models in kids lives, God does have all of the answers that we need. He has an explanation for why something has happened in our lives, He has an answer for how something works, He is willing to tell us what will happen (see your bible), and He doesn't mind helping us understand what things mean. The thing is that we need to be like children, we need to be constantly asking God for answers, we need to be seeking God's explanations for our lives; after all who better than the creator of the heavens and of the earth, of all that is seen and unseen to provide the answers that we seek. Kids not only teach us that we should be asking lots of questions and seeking explanations, but we should also be open to the answers we get. Most of the time when I give kids an explanation they usually do not argue, they may seek further explanation, but overall they are open to the answers. We too need to be open to the answers that God gives us, and we must be patient enough to wait for those answers.
Let us be true children of God, let us always turn to Him when we seem puzzled and bogged down in this world. Let us turn to our Creator for the answers and explanations that we seek, for from the Lord will come truth, and we must remember that it is His truth that will set us free.
"Those who have ears ought to hear."
Father above, we thank you and praise you for this day, Lord you are our one holy God who is rich in love and mercy. Lord, help reveal your truth to us when we struggle to make sense of things. Lord help us to accept your will not matter what happens and even when we do not understand. Lord you know what is best for us and we trust in you completely. We pray for all of our brothers and sisters who have fallen away, may they be brought back to your love and peace. We ask this all through Christ our Lord. Amen.