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Theology for the common man

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time A

Sunday, July 19, 2020

"Whoever has ears ought to hear,” in this way Jesus encourages us to listen to his teachings about the Kingdom of God; the Kingdom which He has come to confirm with his Incarnation, life, and teaching, with establishing his Church, sealed with his passion, death, resurrection, and with the sending of the Holy Spirit. So, then everyone has access to this Kingdom by both his good deeds and life. The Kingdom of God concerns the reign of God, in Christ. He has power everywhere, meaning wherever the spreading of goodness, which he started from the cross and by this way redeemed the world limiting the disaster of evil, which God didn’t want but it entered by human sin and his free will. This is a mystery of the Kingdom of God and of the evil present in our world until now. We shouldn’t expect to receive any detailed description about the “place where God dwells” and “how God works in the world”, because it exceeds our human perceptions. Jesus Christ, conscience of that human curiosity to know God closer, uses comparisons, taking from a daily life, so called, parables. Today's Gospel, aided by other readings, brings us closer to this mystery. The goodness exists from eternity in God who is goodness himself and He wants to share (sow) this goodness in the world through an orderly run of things. The evil has appeared as a consequence of contradiction to God by the possibility to tell Him “no” by the heart of a human creature, what Christ calls today an “enemy of man”, or straight “devil”. Even a small part of the goodness can make an uncanny growth by an example of a small seed, from which it can grow into a large tree becoming a shelter (hiding place) for birds; or a little bit of yeast can grow the whole batch of leavened if nothing disturbs it. Unfortunately, a free human will stand in the way, which not always allowing the seed (of good) to grow in their hearts and through them everywhere in the world. After all, the world must go on its run until it ends when the goodness will triumph and the evil will be defeated. In the meantime, man redeemed by Christ, has an incessant support in divine grace, which St. Paul reminds us today: “The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness, for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings". Let’s never give up in spreading the goodness, meaning, the Kingdom of God in our environment.