A reading from Matthew 13: -43
Then, dismissing the crowds, he went into the house. His disciples approached him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world, the good seed the children of the kingdom. The weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears ought to hear.”
This was the Gospel reading from Sunday July 20th, 2008.
Does this scare anyone? I think the thing that scares me the most is the part that says 'The son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.'
I reflect thinking of all the times I have bought someone a shot to get more drunk, or gave someone my homework to cheat, or even being neutral and not standing up for someone knowingly going away from God. These seem like such small things to do but how am I helping my brothers and sisters salvation by encouraging them to do wrong? What would have happened if I didn't stray them in the wrong direction?
Please Lord Jesus Christ, help me to lead my brothers and sisters to 'shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father'.
On a lighter note, I'm getting married in 18 days!!