– Tuesday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time –
“Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.” [Matthew 13:43]
Today’s gospel is one of those confronting scriptures that challenges us to lift our minds above the everyday and consider eternity: “the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one … Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age … Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father” (Mt 13:38, 40, 43).
It’s a topic C.S. Lewis explores in The Great Divorce, an allegorical tale about a bus-load of people who ride into heaven. Through their many individual stories, Lewis helps us to consider the way in which our will and our choices set us on a path towards heaven or hell. “There are only two kinds of people in the end”, writes Lewis, “those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’”
If you’re anything like me, yielding to God’s will takes great surrender. After all, I like to be in control, I like my attachments, I like my comfort and to have things my way. So why would we do it? Because God loves us!
Every choice we make, great or small, is a new opportunity to surrender to God’s most perfect love and to say ‘Thy will be done’. Each day is filled with new chances to give in to God’s plan, to open our hearts and receive the fullness of life that only God gives.
Lord, you are so good! Please give me the grace to say again today, ‘Thy will be done’. Guide me by your Spirit so that I might receive the life you have for me and be counted among those who ‘shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father,’ both now and forevermore.
by Chantale Wilson