“The Parable of the Weeds among the Wheat”
I don’t know about you, but my yard is in full bloom of things most of us consider pesky weeds. Invasive species of vines and grasses. Golden rod and thistles. Crabgrass and well…I don’t know the name of that one.
Yes, I’m afraid we did not get enough good stuff planted and so now we have some remedial work to do, including a fair amount of back-breaking weeding. Really meant to get the fescue off to a better start. At least some of the weeds have nice flowers atop their heads. Some quite spectacular in fact—vibrant yellows, purples, and reds. Maybe we’ll just let those weeds grow a little more, at least ‘til the 100 degree temps and humidity breaks!
This Sunday, we hear a story from Jesus about how weeds are allowed to grow alongside wheat. In this parable of the kingdom, there are two sowers: the master of the field, and the enemy who trespasses. There are two kinds of seed, two methods of sowing, two kinds of plants that grow together, and two very different outcomes at harvest time.
Now with these two distinct kingdoms in play we might think that the difference between the weeds and the wheat is painfully obvious. And in some ways it is. Yet Jesus reveals that knowing the difference requires a discerning spirit and divine wisdom—we know this because the Son and Man sends his divine messengers to do the reaping—not the farm workers or the religious leaders.
Maybe a discerning spirit and divine wisdom is needed because the weeds and the wheat often share such similar characteristics, appearing very much the same for much of their life, growing together, side by side, often with intertwined roots and stems and heads, and so, in gathering up the weeds, Jesus says the wheat would also be uprooted. Hmmm. What do we do with this?
This Sunday we will listen a little closer, re-imagining kingdom ways that lead to life…come on, the sanctuary will be nice and cool!
See you Sunday!
Grace and peace,