Mother Church invites us to celebrate Sunday, July 20, 2014, as the 16th Sunday of ordinary time, year A. In the entrance antiphon we pray: “God himself is my help. The Lord upholds my life. I will offer you a willing sacrifice; I will praise your name, O Lord, for its goodness. Amen”. In the first reading from the book of Wisdom, the wise man tries to answer the question why God allows the bad to flourish? Why is God so patient with Israel’s enemies? He argues that God’s moderation is not a result of weakness. It is because he is a God of compassion and mercy to all. The scandal of God’s goodness and kindness towards wrongdoers appears again in Saint Matthew’s gospel of this day. In parables, Christ reveals God to his listeners as one who is good, patient, slow to anger but quick to forgive and to forget. Even though good and evil co-exist, not only in the world as a whole, but also in our hearts, God remains patient and all-forgiving. He is always ready to give us a second chance to repent. Saint Paul tells us in his letter to the Romans, in the second reading, that in our weakness, God comes to our rescue. The intercession of the Holy Spirit on our behalf enhances the intensity and efficacy of our prayer. Let us pray during this Eucharist for the grace to forgive others their trespasses as God forgives us, who are sinners, and invites us to repentance.