There is a story called, “Two Wolves.” It goes like this: A grandfather is teaching his grandson about life. A fight is
going on inside me, he said to the boy. It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil - he is anger,
envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and
ego. He continued, the other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence,
empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other
person, too. The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, which wolf will win? The
grandfather simply replied, the one you feed. Today’s Gospel parable reminds us that we are a mixture of good
and evil and, hence, instead of judging others we are called to try to lead exemplary Christian lives and leave the
judgment to God.
Each one of us is a combination of wheat and weeds. In us there are elements of good and elements that are
deeply opposed to it. St. Paul recognised that struggle within himself. So we need to learn how to be tolerant and
accepting of our own weaknesses. God told Paul that it was precisely through his weaknesses that He could reveal His glory. “My power is made perfect in weakness”. Just as nature teaches us patience, so God's patience also teaches us to guard the seed of His word which He has planted in our hearts and to beware of the destructive force of sin and evil that can destroy it. God's word brings life, but Satan seeks to destroy the good seed which has been planted in the hearts of those who have heard God's word. God's judgment is not hasty, but it does come. And in the end, God will reward each according to what they have sown and reaped in this life. On that day God will separate the evil from the good. Do you allow God's word to take deep root in your heart? Do you allow the love of Christ to rule in your heart and in your actions?
Fr. Dantus Thottathil.