Remember, Lord, and do not break your covenant with us.
A reading from the Book of Jeremiah (Jeremiah14: 17b-22)
Let my eyes run down with tears night and day, and let them not cease, for the virgin daughter of my people is struck down with a great wound, with a very grievous blow. If I go out into the field, behold, those slain by the sword! And if I enter the city, behold, the diseases of famine, for both prophet and priest ply their trade through the land, and have no knowledge. Have you utterly rejected Judah? Does your soul loathe Zion? Why have you struck us down so that there is no healing for us? We looked for peace, but no good came; for a time of healing, but behold, terror. We acknowledge our wickedness, O LORD, and the iniquity of our fathers, for we have sinned against you. Do not spurn us, for your name’s sake; do not dishonour your glorious throne; remember and do not break your covenant with us. Are there any among the false gods of the nations that can bring rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Are you not he, O Lord our God? We set our hope on you, for you do all these things.
The word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm79:8.9. 11.13 (R. 9bc)
R. For the sake of the glory of your name, free us, O Lord.
Do not remember against us
the guilt of former times.
Let your compassion hasten to meet us;
for we have been brought very low. R.
Help us, O God our saviour,
for the sake of the glory of your name.
Free us and forgive us our sins,
because of your name. R.
Let the groans of the
prisoners come before you,
your strong arm reprieve
those condemned to die. R.
Then we, your people,
the flock of your pasture,
will give you thanks forever and ever.
From age to age we will
recount your praise. R.
Alleluia. The seed is the word of God, and the sower is Christ; all who find him will abide for ever. Alleluia.
“Just as the weeds are gathered and burnt with fire, so it will be at the close of the age.”
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew (Matthew 13:36-43)
At that time: Jesus left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” He answered, “He who sows the good seed is the Son of man; the field is the world, and the good seed means the sons of the kingdom; the weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are gathered and burnt with fire, so will it be at the close of the age. The Son of man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
The people of Israel realize their own grievous fault, confess openly their guilt, ask for forgiveness and thereafter profess faith in God who alone has the power to help and save them. Jesus explains the parable of the weeds to his disciples. The parable of the weeds points to the last judgement which is sure to come and everyone will be judged and rewarded in accordance with his deeds, whether good or bad. At the end, the good and the just shall be rewarded with eternal joy in heaven while the bad and unjust will experience eternal separation from God’s friendship and will suffer sadness and misery for all eternity. Do we sometimes spare time to think about our eternal destiny?