Growing together


 

Jesus always used stories to teach the people. This is the same as what the prophet said: “I will speak using stories; I will tell things that have been secrets since the world was made.”

In today’s gospel Jesus tells a story about the farmer who sowed wheat in his field and at night his enemy sowed weeds in the same field so when the plants sprouted there were weeds among the wheat. When his slaves asked the farmer about removing the weeds, the farmer told them pulling the weeds could pull up some of the wheat so wait until harvest when they could be separated without losing the wheat.

What we can immediately see in this parable is the work of the enemy. Jesus’ work, Jesus’ disciples, and Jesus’ Kingdom exist in a world which is under attack from Satan. He will allow no good work of Jesus to go unopposed. His goal is to corrupt, pollute, and undermine the work of Jesus. He wants to dilute the life of witness by the disciples. He uses the cover of darkness to do his vile deeds. Jesus does not leave His first disciples, nor us, under the illusion that His power will make things easy and that people will just flock to Him to be changed. From the beginning He reminds us of the opposition and the problematic issues of false disciples. Jesus is aware that His Kingdom will face corruption from the evil one, so we must be ready as well.

We read how the one who sowed the good seed is the Father, and the enemy who secretly sowed the weeds is the devil. We will learn that Jesus doesn’t want us to try to uproot all the weeds prematurely, lest we damage the tender roots of the good seed He has sown. Better to leave the harvesting—and the discernment of wheat from weeds—to the angels at the end of time! Day after day, Jesus seeks to sow words of comfort, encouragement, peace, and perseverance in our hearts. At the same time, the devil is always trying to sow words of doubt, fear, discouragement, and confusion.

His followers came to Him and said, “Explain to us the meaning of the story about the weeds in the field.” Jesus answered, “The person that planted the good seed in the field is the Son of Man. The field is the world. The good seed are all of God’s children in the kingdom. The weeds are those people that belong to the Evil One (the devil). And the enemy that planted the bad seed is the devil. The harvest time is the end of the world. And the workers that gather are God’s angels. “The weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire. It will be the same at the end of the world. The Son of Man will send His angels, and His angels will find the people that cause sin and all people that do evil. The angels will take those people out of His kingdom. The angels will throw those people into the place of fire. In that place the people will be crying and grinding their teeth {with pain}. Then the good people will shine like the sun. They will be in the kingdom of their Father. You people that hear me, listen!

 

You wish us to walk with you in everything, Lord, yet so many times we want to go our own way and rely upon ourselves. We forget that God is walking with us, wanting to move into our life and bring us his love. No matter how untidy our heart may be, no matter what weeds are growing within, God wishes to dwell there, to be the one to bring us to life and love.

Lord, help us to identify the darnel in our lives, the weeds to be separated out, tied in bundles and burnt. Then we can offer you a rich harvest.

 

 

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