16th Sunday in Ordinary time

Some time ago the ‘voicemail hacking’ scandal started as the rather seemingly bizarre allegations from various celebrities. Revelations about so-called super-injunction – a legal way of covering up private matters of well-off people – didn’t help to take the scandal seriously, but rather as the peculiar moaning of some famous individuals. Everything changed with the news about hacking the phone of the then missing teenager. Since then the scandal has speeded up and grown like a snowball rolling down the steep slope. Politicians along with the media are commonly condemning that illegal and brutal practice.

In the meantime, on Wednesday, I heard on the radio an interesting piece of information about the housing market in Scotland. Because there are more people intending to sell their properties than potential buyers, prices are going down. That’s a basic economy law: when supply surpasses demand, price decreases. At first glance nothing connects these two cases, but this would be simply overlooking something.

Last Sunday ‘The News of the World’ was published for the last time and then was closed down. It must have been a painstaking decision for the owner because it was the most profitable newspaper in the UK. It simply means that it was one the most commonly bought newspaper. So, instead of blaming people working in and for the tabloid we have to blame all those buying that newspaper. If there was no demand for such disgusting stories it would not be supplied by the newspaper. I’ve never been interested in celebrities’ lives – maybe because my own life is interesting and exciting enough.

In today’s gospel Jesus in the parable talks about coexistence of good and evil. The overzealous servant wants to remove darnel from the field, but his experienced master stops him. He knows that the likeness of both plants makes it risky to remove one of them. The plants will differ more distinctly when ready to harvest. So the weed is kept in the field for the safety of the wheat.

There is a temptation of seeking that enemy introducing the seeds of evil into the world. Actually it’s quite convenient to find someone or something responsible for it. For some people the existence of evil is a proof against loving God. Some people make the impression that they would like to see God as a police officer or a bodyguard. But if it were so we wouldn’t exercise our personal freedom. And without that freedom we wouldn’t be humans.

Although as a single individual my impact on the world is marginally small, my personal choices have enormous influence on the lives of people around me. And because of the relations between us my one personal decision might indirectly touch someone else’s life. It depends on me whether there is a greater market for good or for evil. Removing the latter from the world should start in my heart. And if there are many of us the snowball effect will finish this process.