Turn Away From Evil
Christian Faith is like a good little mustard seed that is sown into the field of our heart. While the seed takes its time to grow, the devil also comes and sows the weeds of evil desires. Sin begins with evil desires. As a consequence, the weeds begin to crush the growth of the good seeds. God is aware of the evil in our world. Evil is the price of freedom. The choice of bad affects all people, but it is the price of having the ability to choose good. The farmer does not refuse to plant because he might find weeds among the wheat. He plants knowing that the result might not be perfect, but there will be wheat at harvest time.
God created humans with the ability to bear fruit. That also gave them the ability not to bear fruit. The parable about the weeds in the wheat is also a lesson on how you should treat other people. It’s about saints and sinners! We all have our saintliness and our sinfulness. But God is patient with us till the judgement day. And he gives people an opportunity to repent and turn away from evil.
Jesus said, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” (John 8:7)
How do we treat our family members, friends, or neighbors who drifted away from God and from the Church? Do we think bad of them, or accommodate them into our circle and help change them?
How do we share our faith with them?
Fr. Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS