Tuesday of 17th Week of OT C

Whoever Has Ears Ought to Hear

A manager of a shop once suddenly heard his employee talked to a customer, she said, “No mam, we haven’t had it for a few weeks, and I don’t think that it will come in a few days.” The manager jumped in and said, “Young lady, it’s not really like that. It will come in a few days.” The manager excused the customer and asked his employee to the side and said, “From now on, never say like that to the customer. If we don’t have what the customer is looking for, then you just tell them that we already ordered it, and it will be here soon.” After explaining to his employee, the manager asked her, “So, what is she looking for?” The employee said, “The customer asked to see if there is rain here lately?” In our daily conversation, sometimes it happens that two people talked two totally different things. Therefore, try not to judge subjectively, but try to understand what the other tries to say before making a conclusion.

In today’s Gospel, the Lord Jesus explained the parable of the weeds in the field to his disciples and concluded, “Whoever has ears ought to hear.” The seeds are the Word of God. The one who sows the seeds is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seeds are the children of God, or those who listen to the Word of God. The weeds are the children of the Evil One, and the enemy who sows them is the Devil. As children of God through our baptism, we are called to open up our ears, the ears of our soul to allow the Word of God touches and takes rooted into our being. How would we learn to open the ears of our soul to receive the Word of God? Perhaps, to learn to be patient with one another, to learn to listen to one another, and to learn to have compassion and love for one another.

You and I all have ears, but have we listened to the Word of God? Perhaps, we listen to the Word of God, but have we allowed the Word of God travel to take rooted in our heart, mind, and soul? When the Word of God takes rooted in our heart, mind, and soul, would we have courage and strength to live out the Word of God that takes rooted in us?

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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