Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.” (Matthew 13:25)

Origen of Alexandria comments on this verse from the Gospel proclaimed at Mass today:

”But while people are asleep they do not act according to the command of Jesus, “Watch and pray that you enter not into temptation.” At that point the devil on the watch sows what are called tares — that is, evil opinions over and among the good seeds that are from the Word. According to this the whole world might be called a field, and not the church of God only. For the Son of Man sowed the good seed throughout the entire world, but the wicked one sowed tares — that is, evil words — which, springing from wickedness, are children of the evil one.” (Commentary on Matthew, 10)

Show favor, O Lord, to Your servants
and mercifully increase the gifts of Your grace,
that, made fervent in hope, faith and charity,
they may be ever watchful in keeping Your commands.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen