16TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 2020

Homily ·Ordinary time ·Español
By Archbishop Gomez
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
July 19, 2020
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My brothers and sisters in Christ,1

As we just heard, our Lord again this Sunday continues to speak in parables about the Kingdom of heaven.

And these parables give us an important message for this moment. These are challenging times — they continue to be. And so these readings that we hear today are powerful. They are a word of hope from God.

The first reading today, from the book of Wisdom, tells us that God has “care of all” of us and that He “gave (his) your children good ground for hope”

Sometimes we can’t understand what God’s doing or why he is letting things happen the way they do. But, we can never forget that God has a plan for his creation.

God’s ways are not our ways, my brothers and sisters. We are always thinking in the present moment; we think about “right now.” But God sees in light of eternity. A thousand years are like one day in the eyes of the Lord, the Scriptures say.2

We don’t have to know everything, the details of God’s plan. Our Blessed Mother Mary didn’t know everything. She trusted in the Word of God. She said, “let it be done according to your Word.”

This is how it should be with us. This is how the saints live. We need to entrust our lives to his loving hands. The words we pray in the Our Father, “Thy will be done,” we need to have this attitude in our lives.

We need to try harder to see with the eyes of faith. Everything in creation is order for our good. If we love him, if we keep his commandments, we will find that all the paths of the Lord are mercy and love.”3

In this moment in our society, God is calling us to stand firm, in the face of struggles and misunderstandings. But, as St. Paul tells us in the second reading “the Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness.”

Yes, we are weak. There’s no question about it. Every one of us. But God is strong! His love is stronger than any force in the universe. That means we need to let God be our strength.

The Church is still growing and still spreading, and Jesus wants each one of us to play our part in this beautiful growing of his Kingdom.

We need to ask the Spirit to intercede for us, as St. Paul tells us — we need to ask for the help to trust God more and to be kinder, more gentle with one another.  

We can do more good than we can possibly know — just by showing kindness. Just by being tender and merciful. This is how God is with us, and this is how we need to be with one another.

Finally, when Jesus talks about the weeds and the wheat in today’s Gospel, he is talking about the world, he is talking about the Church, and he is talking about our hearts and souls.

My brothers and sisters, when we doubt God, when we give in to sadness or despair, we are like that man in the parable, who falls asleep and then the enemy comes and plants weeds that start growing in our soul and in our heart. We can’t let that happen.

Today, let’s ask for the grace to allow any weeds to grow in our hearts during these challenging days. Let’s make more room for God’s love to grow in our hearts.

We have so many chances every day to proclaim Christ by our words and actions! Look for God’s will in everything, ask him what he wants from you today, how he wants you to respond.

Let us ask our Blessed Mother to intercede for us. Let us ask her to help us to keep loving God, to keep loving one another in our families, showing mercy and kindness.

If we do these things in our daily lives, we will see the Kingdom growing — first in our own hearts, and then in the hearts of those around us, and finally, in our society.

1. Readings: Wisd. 12:13,16-19; Ps 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16; Rom. 8:26-27; Matt. 13:24-43.

2. Ps. 90:4; 2 Pet. 3:8.

3. Ps. 24:10.

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