FRIENDS OF MOTHER MARIE-LEONIE Sept 2017


Parable of the Weeds

Mt 13, 24-30
He proposed to them another parable: “The reign of God may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep, his enemy came and sowed weeds through his wheat, and then made off. When the crop began to mature and yield grain, the weeds made their appearance as well. The owner’s slaves came to him and said, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where are the weeds coming from?’ He answered, ‘I see an enemy’s hand in this.’ His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go out and pull them up?’ ‘No,’ he replied, ‘pull up the weeds and you might take the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will order the harvesters, first collect the weeds and bundle them up to burn, then gather the wheat into my barn’.”

A Mother who was “All Heart”: Pages 14-15
She learned a great deal from this move (to Napierville). She experienced the fact that in the hearts of human beings there is not only nobility and generosity, but also pettiness and selfishness. If, in her father’s home, she had enjoyed the warm affection of her parents and seen how deeply charitable they were toward their neighbor, for while Joseph received with one hand, Émilie gave with the other, preparing hearty meals for the customers who had come from a distance,… at her maternal grandfather‘s home in Napierville, Élodie had a very different experience. Grandmother Grégoire was distant, cold, and above all narrow-minded and excessively sparing.

“Grandma Grégoire,” Mother Leonie later recounted, “was a woman in whose presence children felt ill at ease; for my part, it was with a trembling hand that I could thread her needle whenever she asked me to. Also, she was thrifty, and oftentimes in the evening, she would blow out the candle rather early. As I enjoyed doing needle-work, I had to work on my embroidery by the light of the fireplace.”

The pathways of the Gospel: Page 40
Mother Marie-Leonie said: “There were also difficulties in our common life with some of the sisters at the orphanage. Jealousy, all kinds of tales about me, malicious gossip, lies.”

Reflexion:
In the parable, the Lord shows us that first and foremost our self is good and was created in perfect harmony with God. But at the beginning of humanity, there was a rupture attributed to our first parents. Since then, it is always a battle between right and wrong which is experienced in us and around us.

When we are not vigilant, the devil (author of this rupture) benefits from it by luring in front of us thoughts and actions which appear to us good but the outcome of which is the opposite.

Being sons and daughters of God, what are the means available to us to make good triumph?
By listening to one’s heart. By being fond of everyone because all are created good. By drawing upon the grace of our baptism to nourish our faith and to remain in the truth. By meditating the Word of God. By taking care of those in need. With authentic love, there is peace, sharing, mutual aid, moral support, forgiveness… and the list can go on.
The parable ends by the harvest of the wheat which remains in God’s attic. Let us take care of all that is good in us, the weeds will have less space.

In my everyday life what do I need to do to support the good that is in me and in those around me?


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