Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
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.” 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!
Food for Thought:
The Parable of the Sower is one of the parables of Jesus that is found in the Synoptic Gospels: Matthew, Mark and Luke. In this story, a sower dropped seed on the path, on rocky ground, and among thorns, and the seed was lost; but when seed fell on good earth, it grew, yielding thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold. The guiding image when I read this passage of Scripture is that the spiritual life or a connection to God takes work. All too often we don’t spend the time we need to cultivate the relationships in our lives, whether that is a relationship with God or another person. In this passage, we are reminded of the importance of taking time to nurture our souls. Being patient and not hurrying through our relationship with God: praying, reading Scripture, giving alms to the poor, and visiting those who are sick, are just a few examples of things that we can do to cultivate our spiritual life. Today, I encourage you to do one thing to nurture your soul.
Faithful God, you care for us with compassion and firmness, urging us to grow in love for you and for one another. Through Christ, may we hear more deeply your call to be rooted in your way. Amen.