“He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well.
And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.'”
Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” (Matthew 13:24 – 30, 36)
Beloved reader, how tender and fragile we are in the world. We grow in the midst of priorities and agendas that seek to stifle our faith and make us wither in the ground. Isn’t that what this parable is saying, that evil is against us and all around us? That if we can but grow and thrive in the world, that our reward will come when this age ends?
“He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and 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. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!” (Verses 37 – 43)
Aren’t we save in assuming we know whom amongst us are the children of the evil one? And that once all of the evil ones are “plucked out” from amongst us, we will be taken “home” to abide with the Divine?
But you are not naïve, beloved reader. You understand that our role as good wheat from good seed is only known at the harvesting. Until them we can, may, and will assume that we are from good stock. But only the Divine knows for sure. And how can we, who have only the mentality of wheat know what a “weed” might look like, or if our roots have been composed by the “weeds” next to us. Ah, beloved reader, we cannot know for sure.
It occurs to me that this parable underlays Jesus’ assertion that his yoke is light and his burden is easy. If we but grow in the light of the Lord God and are nurtured by the Holy Presence we will grow into usable wheat. As I consider this, I am comforted that by doing what the Holy Presence guides and encourages me towards, I am fulfilling the purpose that the Divine intended for me. Shalom & Selah!