Weeding the Field

“And he placed another picture before them: The Kingdom of the heavens can be compared with a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. Now when the plants sprouted and bore fruit, then the weeds also appeared. Then the servants of the master of the house came to him and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? So where do the weeds come from?’

He answered, ‘A man who is our enemy has done this.’ Then the servants said, ‘If you want us to, we will go and gather the weeds.’ He said, ‘Do not do that, otherwise when you gather the weeds you will tear up the wheat also. Let both grow until the harvest. And when harvest time has come, I will say to the reapers; Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burnt, but gather the wheat into my barn.’

….And his disciples came to him and said, ‘Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.’ He answered, ‘He who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is humankind. The good seeds are the sons and daughters of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil power and the enemy who sowed the weeds is the Tempter himself. The harvest is the completion of the cycle of time. The Son of Man will send out the angels who serve him, and out of his Kingdom they will gather all obstacles to the true self and all those who are in the service of anarchy and chaos, and hand them over to the world fire…. But those who serve the good will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear!’ ”  Matt. 13:24-30, 36-43

We have probably all had our moments when we just wanted to get rid of the “bad people” and put them somewhere. Or at the very least we are dismayed at the amount of evil around us and we think that there is something “wrong” with this situation. We wish the evil were not there.

This Gospel gives us the insight that the evil is meant to grow right up along side of the wheat! It is meant to be this way. And we have seen that if we apply weedkiller to a field, it destroys the good seed too and the soil beneath it! So, that destruction is not an option.

Besides that, there is not one among us who is perfect. Within each one of us the good grows right up with the bad. We do have an “inner gardener” and we can restrain the weeds and cultivate the good in us so that we bear fruit and have something to offer to our heavenly Father in the end. What are we looking out for? Obstacles to the true self, servers of anarchy and chaos within ourselves. We can be mindful of those things which estrange us from our true self: anger, vanity, greed, arrogance, jealousy, envy. We can be aware of the influences which cause chaos and threaten to overthrow our good intentions or our peacefulness.

Our times require us to walk right through evil every day and to be warriors of the Spirit, to see the good in every human being and not give energy or attention to the bad. That only feeds it. We have to keep our focus on the light of the sun and continue to raise ourselves up. This is our greatest joy and our most difficult challenge.

by Carol Kelly

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