Memory of the Mother of the Lord

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Memory of Mary, a mentally ill woman who died in Rome. With her we remember all who are mentally ill.

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Spirit of the Lord is upon you.
The child you shall bear will be holy.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Matthew 13, 36-43

Then, leaving the crowds, he went to the house; and his disciples came to him and said, 'Explain to us the parable about the darnel in the field.'

He said in reply, 'The sower of the good seed is the Son of man.

The field is the world; the good seed is the subjects of the kingdom; the darnel, the subjects of the Evil One;

the enemy who sowed it, the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; the reapers are the angels.

Well then, just as the darnel is gathered up and burnt in the fire, so it will be at the end of time.

The Son of man will send his angels and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of falling and all who do evil,

and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.

Then the upright will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Anyone who has ears should listen!


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Look down, O Lord, on your servants.
Be it unto us according to your word.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Once back home, the disciples ask Jesus to explain the parable of the weeds of the field. This moment of intimacy between Jesus and the disciples allows them to ask questions and confide in him with more ease. We can liken these moments to those that every community experiences when it gathers together in common prayer. Jesus is present wherever two or three gather in his name. Listening to the Word of God as a community has a particular value and grace, given precisely in Jesus’ assurance that he dwells with us. Therefore, the person who leads the prayer, those who listen to and join it, all have a particular responsibility. In our coming together, this Gospel scene comes alive. Jesus gathers the disciples and explains the parable almost word by word, image by image, so that nothing in the Gospel remains obscure. John stresses the sense of friendship in this moment, as he records Jesus saying to the disciples: "I do not call you servants any longer... because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father" (Jn 15:15). Friendship with Jesus allows us to enter into a deeper understanding of the Gospel’s meaning. This enriching occurs in the moment recounted in this Gospel passage. Jesus explains to the disciples that both the good seed and the weeds of which he spoke in the parable grow together. There are no separate fields, as in a Manichean duality, with the good on one side and on the other the bad. The weeds, evil, grow in the world and in the heart of believers, in the very community of disciples. Good and evil dwell in every people, culture, community and heart. Jesus then speaks of the Day of Judgement—the time to reap. While during the course of history patience is required; at the end, there will come judgement and separation. But in the Lord’s heart there lives always the hope that the weeds will transform themselves into grain, a transformation for which we all have responsibility. Believers need to work to change that part in themselves that is a weed, as well as to transform it in the hearts of others.