July 19, 2020

Dear Parishioners of St. James:

Praised be Jesus Christ!

Our Lord used parables as a means for transmitting divine truth.  Parables are tightly worded stories that use created things of which we are familiar in order to communicate hidden things of which we are unfamiliar.  We gain insight into God’s mind by His weaving of naturally occurring events with outcomes that speak of reward and punishment.  Everyone can relate to a parable.  Their lessons are unmistakable.

In each of the three parables given by Jesus this Sunday we see the phenomenon of growth.  Seeds planted, yeast added.  Each created thing becomes what it was intended to become when sown into the earth’s fabric.  Jesus goes on to explain that the seeds are actually people that He has planted into the world.  But the Devil plants his seeds, also, sowing wickedness right alongside the good.  

The kingdom of heaven subsists in the Catholic Church.  We seeds are meant to grow and to produce fruit.  The evil one plants bad seed in the Church in order to corrupt the field.  Do not be distressed.  The Lord will burn the wicked in unquenchable fire but the good He will gather as His own for reward.  The children of the kingdom will have to live right next to the children of the evil one.  Keep growing.  You have all you need to become blessed wheat for the Master.  The weeds are good for nothing but burning.  The Lord will judge us all at the end of the age.

God bless you,

Fr. Geary

Published by St. James, Belvidere

Saint James Catholic Church, Belvidere, IL