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    Seek Pardon and not Revenge


    We are invited to seek pardon and not revenge.  An upright farmer sets out to plant seed for his hoped-for-bountiful harvest, which supports his family and helps him pay his hired hands.  All seems to be going well.  However, the farmer and his hired help are not aware that jealousy and envy come in darkness to mix bad seed with the good seed.  No one sees the harm they have done until the seeds begin to sprout.  What they observe is that the weeds and the wheat are growing together.  Facing impending disaster of a ruined harvest, the farmer ponders what options he has in this damaging situation.  Does he seek revenge and strike back at those responsible for this wicked deed?


    Realizing that revenge can bring further harm to his family and their future, he wonders how to save this situation.  Ruling out vengeance, he seeks another way.  The farmer does not let the climate of “an eye for an eye” control his choice.  He chooses another path, perhaps a more difficult one.  He walks away from the road of revenge.


    By walking away and choosing a different road, the farmer finds a treasure of goodness rather than violence where no one gains.  With this ending, we find a kingdom that acts with compassion and mercy, exactly as our heavenly Father acts.  We hear in our First Reading from Wisdom in regards to God, “But though you are master of might, you judge with clemency and with much lenience you govern us” (Wisdom 12:18).  In our responsorial psalm we hear, “Lord, you are good and forgiving.”


    All of us will be hurt one way or another.  How do we respond to the people who hurt us or the situations that distress us?  St. John of the Cross had an interesting saying, “Where there is no love, plant love and you will find love.”  What seeds are you planting?


    We can end with the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

    “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace

    Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

    Where there is injury, pardon;

    Where there is doubt, faith;

    Where there is despair, hope;

    Where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.


    O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

    To be consoled as to console;

    To be understood as to understand;

    To be loved, as to love.

    For it is in giving, that we receive,

    It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

    And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.



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