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dc.contributor.authorAlexander, Andy, S.J.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 400en_US
dc.description.abstractA wonderful field. Planted with wheat. Then, an enemy plants weed seed in the same field. What a great image for our world!||Jesus knows that we have an instinctive sense that wants us to "weed out" those who are different from us. Even those who are "unwanted." I wanted every bully and every kid who didn't play "fair" to be thrown off the playground. I still seems fair, just, necessary to punish or eliminate from society, those who do evil, or those who make our life unbearable. It's for the "common good." It can even lead to the terrible choice of "eliminating" an "unwanted pregnancy." It is what the history of war is all about. It is what capitol punishment desires to do. (Though banned long ago in most of the world, it is still used here in the U.S.)|There is another level of "justice," another broader care for the common good that invites us to consider God's Justice. In that view, the image of the field with weeds falls apart. The world is full of precious creatures, all endowed by God with a dignity that is of ultimate value. At the height of our common commitment is the protection of the dignity of all - the unborn, those born in poverty, those who have "fallen through" society's "cracks." even those who have made really bad choices, even those who express really outrageous ideas, even those who do really horrible things to violate the rights or the life of another.|The only way God could ever ask us to reach for this dream of this kind of justice is by calling us to a number of very important commitments. The only way we can imagine living in a world so "messy" and complex is by imaging a commitment to loving as God does. There is nothing more divine than the ability to forgive a genuine wrong, particularly the more terrible that wrong is. Divine love never gives up on the beloved. God is always, every moment, desiring and working hard to help us be healed of anything that might "twist" us to act against the precious dignity of others. God knows how insecurity, greed, lust and self-interest will always drive divisions into every community. So the Divine Spirit of Justice is always at work to reconcile and build community, protecting the vulnerable and challenging the hearts of the powerful.|Jesus' fervent prayer to his Father, "May they be one," was not naive. He knew, as Paul would later say, that God would deal with sin "by nailing it to a tree." This is what it means that "he died for our sins." The price, the penalty, the "justice" demanded for the terrible sins that would ever be committed was "paid in full" by his death on the cross.|Yes, the common good still demands that our playgrounds be protected from bullies and that criminals who violate the rights of others be taken out of society. It is difficult to imagine how we will ever get to a society that will heal bullies, by helping them feel secure, and or the steps we must take to a world so just that terrible poverty won't breed so much crime and violence, or the need for revolution and war. But today, it is wonderful to long for God's justice, and pray that it might begin with me. And, it is healing for my heart to imagine that day when the Master of the Harvest will do the ultimate accounting that brings justice.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Saturday, July 28, 2001: 16th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitVP for University Ministryen_US
dc.program.unitCollaborative Ministryen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorAlexander, Andrew F., S.J.en_US Timeen_US 16en_US
dc.subject.local1Exodus 24:3-8en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 50:1b-2, 5-6, 14-15en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 13:24-30en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ien_US

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