16th Sunday of the Year
Jesus was a wonderful teacher. He used stories, parables and images that related to the daily life of his listeners. Since his was an agricultural world, many of his examples come from farming and herding. Today is another good example of that.
Jesus describes a farmer who is doing a fairly good job but his enemies had come and sowed destructive weeds in his field of wheat. Our Lord uses this parable to explain why God allows wickedness to coexist in life. Bad people are not crushed or destroyed by God’s power. They are allowed to continue to live until their own day of Judgment, which also means that they always have a chance to turn back to what God is calling them to be.
I think that most of us who take the time to read the Gospels would be assumed to be living in the early stages of wheat; however, the rough edges in our lives – our pettiness, our vindictiveness, our refusal to strengthen our spiritual lives – are all signs of weeds. Be careful. If they are uncontrolled, they can strangle us.
Onward through the field of life.