Whether we call it evil, colonialism, oppression, lying, injustice, or selfishness, who could deny that evil exists in our world? On the other hand, we also know that freedom, truth, justice and loving also exist in our world, though often unknown, hidden, behind the scenes, and silenced. We may not know where evil comes from or why it so often prospers and becomes the glaring news in our daily news releases. We DO know, however, that truth is stronger, freedom liberates, compassion is admirable, and that the good originates in our hearts and will conquer evil eventually!
William Cullen Bryant assures us that, “Truth crushed to earth will rise again” and Jesus, in His victory over death, was able to challenge His enemy: “Oh Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting?”
Meanwhile, between now and then, personal responsibility Is required, and is there anyone who has not experienced—on a personal, small and local level—that we reap what we sow? Every good farmer sees weeds grow alongside good wheat but, in the end, weeds will be burnt, and wheat made into bread!
What are we sowing this summer? And how long will we need to wait for wheat to become Eucharist?
Renée Domeier, OSB
Photo: Wheat, taken by Sister Nancy Bauer.