From Our Director of Religious Education
In today’s gospel, we hear about the parable of the weeds among the wheat. Jesus explains the parable: The one who sows the good seeds is the Son of Man, the field is the world, the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age.
As we’ve heard in other passages of the gospels, the kingdom of God is a mystery. God graciously reveals its secrets to us in this passage. Let’s take this passage as an opportunity to reflect on our own personal lives now and make changes before we are called to judgment because, “From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded”- Luke 12:48.
The meaning of the parable has been revealed to us, what must we do with this acquired knowledge? I pray that it helps us continue on our path toward righteousness.
God is powerful and mighty, he very well could rid the world of all the weeds, yet he chooses to wait and let the seeds grow, and in time, reap and sow according to their nature. If the Lord were to come today, right now, and begin separating the weeds from the wheat, where would you end up? This is why time is important. We are weak and need God to look at us with merciful eyes. Our patient and loving God has given us this opportunity to rid ourselves of our own personal weeds. What are those things that I keep holding onto that are contaminating my heart and soul? Are there any people who do not belong in my life? Are there any sins I can’t stop committing? Who or what is taking up my time and energy? What weeds can I remove from my life now before it’s too late?
Jesus tells us that the kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, the smallest seed that grows and becomes a tree where birds make their nest; he also tells us that the kingdom of heaven is like yeast mixed with flour until its leavened. With God, small doses can be great and powerful. Small and simple parables can change our lives. I think that if we all share the good news with others, we too can be sowers and plant a mustard seed of faith in this world.
Many have credited St. Francis with these words, “Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary use words.” Although we don’t know for sure if this is truly his quote, I like to believe that he would definitely agree with it. Much has been revealed to us today, therefore, let’s share this with the world, not so much by what we have to say but by what we are doing with the precious time God has given us.
Peace and all good,
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