In his novel, “The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” Robert Louis Stevenson quite accurately captures the struggle between good and evil in each human person. Although Stevenson’s novel seems an exaggeration, nonetheless, it shows well that in each one of us there’s a little bit of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the good and the bad. Of course, none of us wants to do evil, but it is the sad human condition after the original fall that we all have to face on daily basis. In some sense the split character of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde represents all sinners who are struggling with evil inclinations and are often overcome by it. I use the example from Stevenson’s novel, for this Sunday’s gospel passage touches upon the theme of good and evil growing among us at the same time. Our Lord Jesus uses a parable of the good seed and the weeds sown by evil man. This parable draws our attention to the reality of sin and the devil that spoils the world with his treachery. Jesus’ parable can be understood on individual as well as on social level. First, each one of us individually struggles with sin and evil tendencies. Although none of us wants to be really bad, yet we recognize that there is some dark force, or rather a great weakness, that makes us do bad things over and over again. It is the grim reality of sin that often looks stronger than our power to do good. As St. Paul wrote, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do” (Romans 7:15). Also, on social level, there are many good people around us, but there are some that are not. However, Lord Jesus warns us against premature judgment. We have to be very careful while judging others, even ourselves, whether about good or evil. It is up to the Lord to help us to sort things out. For as long as we are all living together, we never know who will turn out good or bad. There is always hope that one will come back to the Lord and truly repent of his or her evil actions.It is a great mystery of our faith that if God created all of us good, why do the this happens in such way. What or who does make us do evil? Why do some people succumb into evil actions more than others? Jesus does not give a simple answer. Rather, he tells us that we must wait patiently and make God judge the world.As Christians we must remember that we do have the Savior—Jesus Christ—who conquered the evil one and has assumed all of the sins upon Himself. On the cross He has become our cure: “In his wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24). Hence, a follower of Christ should not be discouraged by evil in the world of by our individual sinfulness, but pray and repent more fervently. For that reason, Saint Paul exhorted Christian community in ancient Rome not to be disheartened but to call upon the help of the Holy Spirit:“The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness;for we do not know how to pray as we ought,but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings” (Romans 8:26).
Have a blessed and sunny week!
Fr. Janusz Mocarski, Administrator