THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
WEEDS AMONG THE WHEAT
One big problem in our Church today is that we fight not only
an enemy without but also an enemy within. There are many
who should be our allies but who have allied themselves with
the other side. They might be what you would describe as the
weeds among the wheat. Even as God’s people strive to
bear fruit for the Kingdom, they drag the Church and her mission
down. “When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds
appeared as well.” (Mt 13:26).
is truly unfortunate. Some of the enemy within are those who
regularly go to Church. They may be very nice people who even
serve in parishes and chanceries, but their views are in contradiction
to authentic Church teaching. We must be wary of them. “Do
not put your trust in these deceptive words: ‘The temple
of the Lord! The temple of the Lord! The temple of the Lord!”
are the enemy within? They are those who “murder”
(Jr 7:9a), being in favor of abortion. There are those who
“commit adultery” (Jr 7:9b), including those who
are divorced and remarried. There are those who “follow
other gods” (Jr 7:9d), embracing secular humanism, modernism,
hedonism, cultural Marxism, contraceptive imperialism and
all the other diabolical isms of the world.
Catholics are among the lost sheep, whom we need to reach,
according to our work of the New Evangelization. What needs
to happen? We go not only into the darkness in the world,
but to our own parishes and churches. “Stand at the
gate of the house of the Lord and proclaim this message there:
Hear the word of the Lord, all you of Judah who enter these
gates to worship the Lord!” (Jr 7:2).
do we want to cause to happen? First, bring the enemy within
to repentance and thus help restore them to God. “Reform
your ways and your deeds so that I may dwell with you in this
place.” (Jr 7:3). Only then would their presence in
the Church be pleasing to God. “Only then will I let
you continue to dwell in this place” (Jr 7:7a). What
would be crucial aspects of such reformation?
“if each of you deals justly with your neighbor”
(Jr 7:5b). This is giving others the respect and love due
to them as children of God.
“if you no longer oppress the alien, the orphan, and
the widow” (Jr 7:6a). This is doing justice to the
poor and the least.
“if you no longer shed innocent blood in this place”
(Jr 7:6b). This is rejecting abortion.
“or follow after other gods to your own harm”
(Jr 7:6c). This is rejecting the deadly isms of the world.
The enemy within must change their ways, especially in their
support of abominations such as abortion and same-sex relationships,
for they stand under the Lord’s condemnation. “But
look at you! You put your trust in deceptive words to your
own loss! Do you think you can steal and murder, commit adultery
and perjury, sacrifice to Baal, follow other gods that you
do not know, and then come and stand in my presence in this
house, which bears my name, and say: ‘We are safe! We
can commit all these abominations again!’?” (Jr
they persist, then there will be a reckoning at the end of
time. Jesus says, “then at harvest time I will say to
the harvesters, ‘First collect the weeds and tie them
in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.’”
(Mt 13:30b). The weeds go to hell, and the wheat go to heaven.