The reason I speak to them in parables is that ‘seeing they do not perceive, and hearing they do not listen, nor do they understand.’
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 gives us a powerful reminder in today’s Gospel: be careful about your judgments. If our human freedom is one of God’s greatest gifts, then we know we are always capable of a change of heart (ours or someone else’s). There are likely a few weeds growing alongside some of the fine wheat in each of our lives, so who are we to judge who might be “good” or “bad” amongst our neighbors, coworkers, family, or friends? The truth is that life’s natural planting, cultivating, and watering will, in the end, allow God to take good care of the final sorting out.
—The Jesuit Prayer team
Lord God, help us to recognize the weeds growing in our own lives so that we can pull them out and grow closer to you. May we focus on the wheat growing in the hearts of others, and avoid the temptation to judge those around us. Amen.
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