Tuesday 28 July 2020

About Today Readings

Jeremiah 14:17-22. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us – Psalm 78(79):8-9, 11, 13. Matthew 13:36-43.

‘Then the virtuous will shine like the sun’

Judgmental people, experts in distinguishing wheat from darnel, have a tendency to anticipate the Last Judgment by arrogating to themselves a role that belongs to God who alone sees into the human heart.

Elsewhere in the Gospel text Jesus identifies them as having a plank in their eye while they focus on the speck in the eye of another (Matthew 7:3-5). We would be better occupied in uprooting the darnel in our own lives than in drawing attention to its presence in the lives of others.

As Paul reminded the Roman Christians: ‘In passing judgment on another you condemn yourself’ (Romans 2:1). ‘Lord Jesus, let me know myself and know you, and desire nothing save only you’ (St Augustine).

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