Tuesday 26 July 2022

About Today Readings

Ss Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Jeremiah 14:17-22. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us – Psalm 78(79):8-9, 11, 13. Matthew 13:36-43.

Explain to us the parable of the wheat and the weeds

Stephen: I understand the landowner’s problem, Jesus. But why didn’t he burn down his enemy’s crop and then carefully weed his own fields. Give the devil a bloody nose and don’t give an inch, my dad used to say.

Jesus: Thanks, Stephen, but when you become violent your enemy always wins. And no matter how carefully you try to separate weeds from wheat when they are young, you’ll root out a lot of wheat.

Stephen: Well, win a few and lose a few. And even if you separate them later on you’ll still lose some grain. And if you let the weeds grow they will choke the wheat and your harvest will be smaller.

Jesus: You’re pretty ruthless, Stephen. But God doesn’t do win a few and lose a few. He loves each grain, each person, and want us to flourish. Coping with weeds is part of God’s education. If God were as brutal as you suggest, would you and your mates survive?

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