by Phyllis Chandler, Notre Dame Associate
Today’s Responsorial: Lord, you are good and forgiving.
The first thought that struck me as I read today’s gospel was the words of the householder’s slaves, who said, “Master, did you not sow good seed in your fields? Where have the weeds come from?” I had to chuckle. As an avid gardener, I often ask myself the same question: Where have the weeds come from? I have no enemy who comes at night and scatters them, but the wind and the birds do as good a job. I often say gardening is simple: getting some things to grow and keeping other things from growing.
The same applies to us. As we go through our daily lives, we are called to cultivate the good seed – our God-given gifts. At the same time, we find that there are “weeds” that spring up: our faults and weaknesses, our distractions from seeking and responding to God’s call. We must take care not to let the weeds destroy the good that God has planted. If we remember that everything we have – our talents and gifts, our possessions – is a gift and not owed to us, we will feel less of a sense of entitlement and be more willing to share these gifts with others.
Another rich image in the gospel for today is that of the yeast which leavens a batch of dough. Compared to the flour and other ingredients, the yeast is a small component of the dough, yet it impacts the entire loaf. Like the yeast, we can be leaven for the world around us: our families, communities, even our world. All it takes is for each of us to do our part to make the loaf better.
During the week ahead, reflect on ways that YOU can cultivate good seeds and/or produce better bread as the gospel calls us to do.
Loving God, help us each in our own way to sow seeds of kindness and be the leaven in our world.