Today's Daily Bread
Thu. Jul 30, 2015: Exodus 40:16-21, 34-38; Matthew 13:47-53
The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. Because human beings are complex creatures, the church will always be a mixture of good and bad. Jesus has made this point before, in the parable of the wheat and the weeds. Here he compares the kingdom to a net thrown into the sea, which catches fish of every kind. The fishermen sort the fish, keeping the good ones and tossing the ones not worth keeping back into the sea. This parable comes at the end of a chapter filled with parable after parable about sorting the good and the bad: seeds, plants, fish. And they all say much the same thing: It’s not up to us. We keep planting and proclaiming, but the harvest is up to God. May we be mindful of the ways we judge and exclude others, O God.