WHILE MEN WERE SLEEPING…(HOMILY FOR 16TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A)
In the gospel reading, Jesus tells three parables that are very instructive. The first parable is of particular relevance for this homily. In it, Jesus narrates something similar to the creation story. The farmer sowed good seeds (just as God created the world to be good); the good seeds are the sons of God (as Adam and Eve were good children of God before they sinned); the enemy (Satan) sowed weeds in the farm (same as he planted sin in the world according to the creation story); the harvest time is the day of reckoning (the same way God came calling for Adam in the garden of Eden); and there was the reward of casting the weeds into the furnace of fire (just as God sent Adam and Eve out of the garden of Eden). Of great importance in that parable is what Jesus said, that the weeds were planted “while men were sleeping.” What does this mean?