22 Jul 2017

This Week Letter – July 23, 2017

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Dear Parishioners and Friends.


Goodness and beauty make us see our daily problems in new light, thus life becomes lighter. The art of living well depends on our  making room for the good to prevail in our lives. We know how quickly evil drowns out the good and how much of the damage done is often irreparable; we know this from images that the mass media present to us of everyday events both locally and around the world.

Let’s look at our everyday life. Do we make those simple gestures of love by giving help to the needy, the suffering, the resigned or the desperate? Are we sharing the treasures of our hearts and practicing kindness daily? Though we realize goodness will not eliminate all evils from life, at least we will systematically reduce them.
Jesus’ parable about the growth of the kingdom of God allows us to really discover that the Kingdom is entangled in the struggle that the “enemy” wages against us, which “sows” the weeds among us. Jesus teaches us to look at the world with Christian realism and to deal with every problem while adhering to the rules given by God, in a prudent and patient manner. The words of the Lord Jesus refer to all generations and times, and thus to us today. We, too, can gain from the wisdom of this parable. “The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the Kingdom, the weeds are the sons of evil. The enemy who sowed the weed is the devil; The harvest is the end of the world, and the angels are the reapers. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father “(Mt 13,38-39.43).
The depth of the Good News is inexhaustible for anyone who knows what matters in life. We can enrich others, improve them, lift them up, but we can also destroy and spoil them. Today there is a lot of talk about education but little about scandal. Scandal is the opposite of education. Scandal is the destruction of the image of God in man. Hence a very, strict judgment awaits anyone who has scandalized others. He causes and thus “participates” in all the offenses of the scandalized person. Evil tends towards being rooted in a person’s life; it destroys and wastes much of their energy. We ourselves hear or say that some things causes us a lot of nerves or damages our mental health. God’s goodness adds strength, joy, builds and animates. His goodness and beauty make life become lighter and positive. “We also know that God, for those who love Him, works in all things for their good, for all those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He has known for ages, He also designed to conform to the image of his Son, so that He may be the firstborn among many brethren. “(Romans 8: 28-29). Let everyone from now on, try to do as much good as possible. Let’s start with changing our families, work environment, neighborhood, parish, our city and the world for the better.

God bless!