In WordOnFire this week, Fr Barron wrote, "In our Gospel for today (last Sunday), we hear the parable of the wheat and the tares. Jesus speaks of the mysterious, and often frustrating, intertwining of good and evil. Don't be too eager, he says, to tear out the weeds, for you might, in the process, compromise the wheat. Listen, as I try to search out the meaning of this important and complex parable."
WHILE LISTENING to Fr Barron's audio sermon on Jesus' parable of the weeds among the wheat, several thoughts came to mind. One really struck me:
Ah yes, last Sunday's (i.e. this week's) gospel reading. The usual problems in the Church which had disturbed so many people and which people tend to harp on. Jesus had predicted this problem of evil intertwining with good, couldn't they see? But, wait a minute! The good and evil in the NKF saga now... the mass outrage... who said, "Don't be too eager to tear down NKF"?
Seems to me that something usual has happened again: we are quick to excuse ourselves but not others. When it's some scandal related to our church, we would be very forgiving and circumspect. But when it's some scandal related to someone else' organization, we could get so critical.
Is it coincidence or providence that this week's gospel reading is about the weeds and the wheat? Was it coincidence or providence that the reading on the week of Fr Joachim Kang's trial some time ago (was it last year?) was about the adulterous woman, where Jesus said, "Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." (John 8:1-12)
Note: i still think that justice, tempered with mercy, needs to be done.
(See also Weeds Among The Wheat and Weeds Among The Wheat II.)