Gospel of Matthew 13: 36-43 Reflection:
In this modern time, we hear all this talk about being non judgmental and there being no hell or if there is a hell then there is no one in it.
But we forget something; no prophet spoke more about judgement than Jesus. This is an uncomfortable truth for many today and rather than accept what Jesus says they come at it from all sorts of angles such as, 'this was the thinking of the times' or 'the writers of the gospels were trying to put their own spin on what Jesus says.'
To me it sounds like we are trying to exonerate ourselves from all responsibility for our actions. While it is never our place to judge someone it is also never our place to exonerate their actions either; doing both is playing God.
Did you hear yesterday's comment by Pope Francis about 'who am I to condemn homosexuals'? The media had a frenzy on this as though what Francis said was something new and different from Catholic teaching.
Judgement of person belongs to God only because God is the only one who can see into our hearts. However, our actions are open to scrutiny. Though we have to remember that a bad action doesn't mean the person is a bad person.
In today's gospel Jesus explains the parable of the darnel where the good seed planted by the farmer has been mixed with the bad seed sown by the enemy.
"The sower of the good seed is the son of God. The sower of the bad seed is the devil," says Jesus. In the end the people of the good seed shall go to heaven.....the rest?
Well who do you trust? Today's philosophy or Jesus'?