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Saint Edward

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MASS TIMES

Weekend Masses:

  • Vigil Mass Saturdays - 5:30 pm English
  • Sundays
    • 8:15 am English Mass
    • 10:30 am English Mass
    • 12:30 pm Spanish Mass
  • Weekday Masses
    • Mondays (Communion Service), 12:05 pm
    • Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays,  12:05 pm
    • Wednesdays - 6 pm
  • Confessions
    • Wednesdays 6:30pm - 7:00pm
    • Saturdays 4:00pm - 5:00pm

A Parable About Good and Evil

Pastor’s Column

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 23, 2017

Why does God allow evil to exist in our world? This is one of the most vexing of all questions. Jesus gives us part of the answer this Sunday in the parable of the weeds and the wheat (Matthew 13:24-30). The servants of the master’s household are perplexed because weeds have begun growing amid the good crop. How did they get there? Should they pull them up right away?

This “weed” is a real plant that Jesus’ hearers would have been very familiar with. It is called darnel, and it looks so much like wheat that you can’t always tell which plant is which – until the end. The wheat is edible, but the weed is poisonous! The servants’ first reaction is to pull all the bad stuff right out, but the master has a better plan – to wait until the harvest time, so that the wheat is not destroyed along with the weeds.

The weeds were sown by an enemy – the devil. God is not the source of evil in our world, but he does allow both good and evil, weeds and wheat, to co-exist for a time. The ultimate end of the weeds is to be burned, while the wheat will go to the master’s barn – in other words, the home of God, or heaven. In the end, you can recognize the wheat by the good fruit it produces – and the weed by the poison. We will know which is which, in the end, by the fruits produced.

The master has a plan. In this world, God gives everyone time to repent of their sins, to discover what the meaning of life is (love thy neighbor). So part of the answer is that God is being patient with the wicked. Ultimately, the wheat, the children of God, will be tested by having to battle with the forces of evil, and will be proven by the fight.

In the end, the reason the whole field is not plowed over at once by the master is because of the presence of the wheat. God is depending on the children of God to be the wheat of this world. Evil looks very attractive in this world and is chosen by many. Those who do evil usually think they are getting away with something, or that God does not see, or that he does not care, or that he is not there. In reality, God sees all, knows all, and is waiting and watching. He has the last word. Christ finishes by saying “whoever has ears, ought to listen.”

                                                                        Father Gary

    

Our Church Album

  • Chalices
  • Welcome to our Church
  • Sunset at Saint Edward
  • From the Altar
  • Archbishop Sample
  • Our Courtyard
  • The Eucharist
  • Altar at Christmas
  • Mass at Saint Edward
  • From our Balcony
  • Our Bells from Mount Angel
  • Wide Angle from Balcony
  • Church at Advent
  • Wide Angle from Altar
  • Wide Angle at Advent
  • Front of the Church
  • Side Angle of the Church
  • Church and Cross at Sunset
  • Cover Photo of Church
  • Cross at Sunset
  • Christmas Nativity Scene
  • Our New Church
  • Church from River Road
  • Cross at Sunrise
  • The Altar at Saint Edward
  • The Adoration Chapel
  • Our Baptismal Font
   

 

 

Daily Readings

Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Reading 1 Ex 16:1-5, 9-15The children of Israel set out from Elim,

and came into the desert of Sin,

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Feast of Saint James, Apostle

Reading 1 2 Cor 4:7-15Brothers and sisters:

We hold this treasure in earthen vessels,

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Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 Ex 14:5-18When it was reported to the king of Egypt

that the people had fled,

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OFFICE HOURS

Monday - Friday,    10:00 am to 5:00 pm                       CLOSED Saturday and Sunday

SACRAMENTAL EMERGENCIES ONLY:

Call the office at 503-393-5323 for sacramental emergencies during business hours.  For after hour sacramental emergencies, call 971-915-2924.    Because a priest cannot always be available, you are urged to notify the parish whenever anyone is seriously ill. Every effort will be made to assure that the sacraments are available before the situation becomes critical.