Tuesday of the Seventeenth week in Ordinary Time
"Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father"
Just as there is a harvest for inanimate sheaves of wheat, so for the rational wheat which is the human race, there is a harvest that cuts people away from unbelief, and gathers into faith those who accept the proclamation of the Good News. The reapers of this harvest are the Lord's apostles and their successors, and in the course of time the teachers of the Church Of them the Lord said: The reaper receives his wages, and gathers a crop for eternal life” (Jn 4,36)…
But there is yet another harvest: the transfer of each one of us by death from this present life into that which is to come. The reapers of this harvest are not the apostles but the angels, who have a greater responsibility than the apostles, because after the harvesting they sort out the good and separate them from the wicked like wheat from darnel… As for us, who in this present age are God’s “” (1Pt 2,9), the Church of the living God separated from all the impious and ungodly, may we be found separated from the darnel in the age to come as well, and united to those who are saved in Christ our Lord, who is blessed for ever.
Commentary of the day
Saint Gregory Palamas (1296-1359), monk, Bishop and theologian
Homily 26 ; PG 151, 340-341 (trans. ©Friends of Henry Ashworth)