Gospel Reading – Matthew 13: 24-30
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.”
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Jesus compares the kingdom of heaven to the good we desire and do. When things don’t always work out as we expect, it is easy for us to be distracted from what is good. I pray that I may keep my good intentions clear and fresh, bringing them before the Holy Spirit for blessing.
The master in the story recognised the work of the enemy but did not let it alter his course or define his life; his concern remained with his field of wheat, his eye on the harvest it could yield. Help me, God, to be able to know and to name what impoverishes me but to keep my eye and heart on what you are doing and what you desire for me.
- What is my position in this grand struggle between good and evil?
- Am I a passive spectator, an armchair critic, a mere consumer who cares only about my own well-being?
- Or am I a co-worker with God, as he labours to proclaim and spread his kingdom of truth, justice and peace?