Greetings on this the Saturday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Readings: Ex 24:3-8; PS 50:1b-2, 5-6, 14-15; Mt 13:24-30
The sacrifice of the Lamb. The blood upon the altar and the blood upon the peoples.
Offer to God a sacrifice of praise.
Humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you
and is able to save your souls.
Let them grow together until harvest;
then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters,
“First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning;
but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
Let us be clear.
- It is not the job of humans to decide who is weed and who is wheat.
- It is not the job of humans to collect the weed for burning nor the wheat for the barn.
- It is our job to grow together.
- And be kind to one another.
It is our job to…
- humbly welcome the word that has been planted [with]in you and is able to save your souls.
- offer to God praise as your sacrifice and fulfill your vows to the Most High.
- to call upon [Him] me in time of distress; I will rescue you, and you shall glorify me.
Let us do everything he has taught us (righteousness and justice and mercy) then…
Taking the book of the covenant, he read it aloud to the people,
who answered, “All that the LORD has said, we will heed and do.”
Then he took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, saying,
“This is the blood of the covenant
that the LORD has made with you
in accordance with all these words of his.”
As the old spiritual song goes, a favorite even if not in my tradition,
Peace be with you,