Every day we receive news about the realities of our society. What do we hear or read about? Murder, rape, kidnapping, hold up, human trafficking, corruption and many other human rights violations and injustices. As concerned citizens and Christians, we ask ourselves: “Why are these happening? What can we do?”

Through the Lord’s prayer, Jesus teaches us how to pray. But some of us may complain to Jesus: “When is your kingdom going to come? Is it your will that we suffer?” Jesus is merciful and compassionate. He knows of our sufferings and trials. But are these realities a consequence of our sinfulness?

Jesus tells us to pray unceasingly and to trust in God. We are the symbols of hope, anticipating the coming of the glorious Kingdom to come. But Jesus reminds us that in this world we are like the wheat thrown in the fields together with bad seeds. When the servant asked to pull the bad seeds, the Lord says, “No, when you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat with them. Let them just grow together until harvest; and at harvest time I will say to the workers to pull up the weeds first and tie them in bundles and burn them. Then I will tell them to gather the wheat into my barn.” Mt 13: 29-30

As Christians, we should always be generous with helping others ….”for if you keep going despite the circumstances, you will reap the rewards and be happy that you didn’t give up.” Gal 6:9