The gospel reading for today was the Parable of the wheat and tares (weeds). According to Zenit News Agency, Pope Francis explained the meaning of the parable before reciting the Angelus prayer at noon today.
The parable, Pope Francis said, is a teaching of Jesus which addresses the problem of evil in the world and highlights the patience of God.
The Pope explained how the Devil sows evil amidst the good seed of the world, but that God is patient, separating the wheat and the tares at his final judgment. He stressed that unlike mankind, which is sometimes in a hurry to judge, classify, place the good here and the bad beyond, God knows to wait.
"God looks at the 'field' of every person's life with patience and mercy, " Pope Francis said. He than explained that God can see the dirt and evil in our lives, but also sees the seeds of good and looks forward with confidence for man to mature. "God is patient and he knows how to wait," Pope Francis added. He then pointed out that it is thanks to the 'patient hope' of God that the same weeds can become good wheat in the end.
Pope Francis cautioned against indifference to evil saying that we cannot confuse good and evil. The disciple is called to imitate the patience of God and nourish hope with the support of faith in the ultimate victory of good, which is God.
He concluded by saying that the evil will be removed and disposed of on the day of the final harvest. The judge will be Jesus who actually sowed good seed into the world and who himself became a grain of wheat, dying and rising from the dead.
"On Judgement Day we will all be judged by the same standards by which we judged: the mercy we gave to others will also be used with us. " Pope Francis said. "Let us ask the Virgin Mary, our Mother, to help us to grow in patience, hope and mercy."
Pope Francis' homily continued a theme of being patient and non-judgmental. Patience is one of the twelve fruits of the spirit.
The twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit are works that we can perform only with the aid of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the performance of such works is an indication that the Holy Spirit dwells in the Christian believer.
The twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit are: Charity (love), Generosity, Joy, Gentleness, Peace, Faithfulness, Patience, Modesty, Kindness, Self-control, Goodness, and Chastity.