I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Reflection for Thursday July 31, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest; Matthew 13:47-53

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Gospel: Matthew 13:47-53
(Jesus said to His disciples) “The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”

“Do you understand all these things?” They answered, “Yes.” And he replied, “Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.” When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from there.
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When a net is thrown into the sea it catches every fish that it could. It doesn’t discriminate it gets everything that is within its reach. Our church is like a net thrown into a sea of humanity.

It doesn’t categorize, everyone is welcome; good or bad, black or white, sinner and non-sinner everyone is welcome to enter our church. For this is what Jesus wants us to do; invite everyone to enter and eventually join our church.

But don’t we somehow discriminate and judge others for the simple reason that we don’t like them or we don't like what they do? The moment we judge them it’s like saying that God only wants the righteous to be in HIS church. It’s like saying that the net which is thrown into the sea is a discriminating net, but it’s not. For the net is for every fish that it could catch.

This is perhaps an eye opener for all of us; we who are often times judgmental. Let us leave judgment to the Good Lord while we continue to live our faith and in the process we become fishers of men and women without any discrimination. 

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