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Matthew 13:24-30

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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." '

Matthew 13:24-30
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    • The farmer discovers the malicious act but avoids a hasty response. He is prepared to wait until the proper time, knowing that, while the seedlings are indistinguishable, the plants will be evidently different from one another. As I lay my life before God, I remind myself that the task of judgement is not mine, nor is it for now.
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    • God is a patient and tolerant ‘householder’. God’s primary care and concern is for the ‘good seed’, the wheat, which he sowed initially. He will not jeopardize its growth. Similarly, God is patient with each of us. God promotes our personal and spiritual growth, and delights when we bear much fruit.
    • Good and evil co-exist in human life and in the world. Nothing or no-one is perfect. We are all in need of forgiveness and redemption. Lord Jesus, you know my strengths and my weaknesses. Help me to produce a rich harvest of good works to the greater glory of the Father.
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    • Could it be that it is I who sow weeds in my own heart? Do I ever deliberately spoil things for others? Am I sometimes an enemy to my own good, when I know what to do but do not do it? I ask forgiveness for what the Lord reveals to me about this.
    • The ‘weeds’ are a species of wild wheat, sometimes known as ‘false wheat’. Only at harvest time can the farmer distinguish the real from the false. Jesus is saying that good and bad are mixed together in this world and indeed in each one of us. We must be patient with others and with ourselves: none of us is yet perfect.
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    • Lord, is the field of my heart a dreadful mix of wheat and weeds? Some of my weeds have deep roots, such as my personality defects. Teach me to be patient with these. And make me patient with the weeds I notice so clearly in others. Don’t let me start tearing them up lest I do more damage than good.
    • The early Christians felt very tiny in a vast world of non-belief. Believers today can also feel threatened or irrelevant. But the life-cycle of the smallest of seeds can stretch our imagination. It grows because God makes it grow. God will make the Kingdom grow to its fullness, and everyone will find a welcome in it.
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    • Jesus does not condone or encourage what is not of God, yet he seems to be able to acknowledge that different motivations and spirits are at work. How might I let this spirit of Jesus shape my life?
    • Perhaps I can look back on events in my life that seemed barren or weedy, and see now that God was at work. What does that say to me about judging, hope or perspective?
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    • The idea that good and bad might coexist gives trouble to the tidy mind. Jesus does not encourage a simplistic approach but calls us to humility, patience and tolerance as we allow God to work in our lives.
    • There are ‘weeds’ in my life for sure, but they are not the measure of the harvest that God values in me. I ask for help that my habits and choices may give growth to what is good and true.
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    • The owner of the field showed tolerance and patience. I allow my life to be judged only by God, not letting my conclusions or those of others claim the last word.
    • Weeds compete with the crop for light, nutrients and water. I take care not to let ‘the enemy’ sow weeds in my life and ask God to take care of the field that I am.
    • The idea that good and bad might coexist gives trouble to the tidy mind. Jesus does not encourage a simplistic approach but calls us to humility, patience and tolerance as we allow God to work in our lives.
    • There are ‘weeds’ in my life for sure, but they are not the measure of the harvest that God values in me. I ask for help that my habits and choices may give growth to what is good and true.
    • Jesus does not condone or encourage what is not of God, yet he seems to be able to acknowledge that different motivations and spirits are at work. How might I let this spirit of Jesus shape my life?
    • Perhaps I can look back on events in my life that seemed barren or weedy, and see now that God was at work. What does that say to me about judging, hope or perspective?
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    • The owner of the field showed tolerance and patience. I allow my life to be judged only by God, not letting my conclusions or those of others claim the last word.
    • Weeds compete with the crop for light, nutrients and water. I take care not to let ‘the enemy’ sow weeds in my life and ask God to take care of the field that I am.
    • The idea that good and bad might coexist gives trouble to the tidy mind. Jesus does not encourage a simplistic approach but calls us to humility, patience and tolerance as we allow God to work in our lives.
    • There are ‘weeds’ in my life for sure, but they are not the measure of the harvest that God values in me. I ask for help that my habits and choices may give growth to what is good and true.
    • Jesus does not condone or encourage what is not of God, yet he seems to be able to acknowledge that different motivations and spirits are at work. How might I let this spirit of Jesus shape my life?
    • Perhaps I can look back on events in my life that seemed barren or weedy, and see now that God was at work. What does that say to me about judging, hope or perspective?