Gospel – 7/30/20 – Matthew 13:47-53
Jesus said to the 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.
If you’ve been keeping up with these parables recently, there was the Sower which was about the receiver of the message. Then, the good plant which was infested with weeds which was a warning of the evil that tries to smother our faith.
Now today, we hear about how the bad are gathered with the good to be separated at the shore. This is a parable the Apostles, mostly fishermen, could easily understand.
I love nature shows, especially when there are divers along a reef. The fish are bountiful, all colors, all sizes.
Most of the fish do good things for the ecology of the oceans and reefs. Some, do nothing good, instead they steal from others.
But if there is a large gathering of fish, even the bad fish gather with the rest.
Imagine dropping a net down on these fish. You’re going to get some bad fish, too. You can’t separate them until they reach the shore.
This is telling us that the hard path, the rocky soil and the thorny ground will be dealt with, just like the weeds trying to smother the good plants.
They will be the bad fish. They will be separated from the good. The good fish will be placed in buckets and taken home. The bad fish will be thrown into the fires.
Live a life that gets you in the bucket – make that your bucket list.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…