In the Gospel parable this weekend, a man sowed good seed in his field but his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat while everyone was asleep (v.25). One way of looking at this parable is to see the field of wheat (the good) and the weeds (the evil) as the human heart.
It is when we are asleep that we are not aware of what is going on around us. The saddest thing is when we are wide awake yet we are not aware of what is going on. This also happens when we are “spiritually asleep,” when we are so focused on ourselves and unmindful of others; when we have become passive and apathetic. This is the devil’s best chance to sow his weeds.
“Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?” (v. 28). The servants were very quick to offer a solution to get rid of the weeds. That’s also how quick sometimes we are in passing judgment on others. We condemn. We become harsh, impatient and inconsiderate. We tend to be proud and self-righteous. We think so highly of ourselves that we can only see the faults of others. We think we are the wheat when in truth, we are also the weeds.
The human heart is sown with weeds and wheat in varying proportions. In some, the wheat outnumber the weeds, in others, the weeds outnumber the wheat. Our deep love for God moves us to struggle so that more wheat than weeds will grow in our field. Our prayers and actions nurture the wheat. Prayers and submission to God’s will can greatly help us to discern the wheat from the weeds, the good from the evil. It is always a choice for us to transform, to repent and uproot our weeds. God does not force His will upon us, but He is always ready to forgive. He accepts our weaknesses. He does not give up on us. He still hopes for our transformation. Despite our imperfections, He still believes in our innate goodness. He gives us not only a second chance but countless chances to become better.
Jesus did not want to pull up the weeds right away. He allowed the weeds to grow with the wheat. He did not condemn. From this we should learn that we are not in a position to judge others. The one we judge as “bad” may be better than us. We may be deceived by others whose actions look good but deep inside, their motives are evil. That is why Jesus forbids us to uproot the weeds among mankind as we might pull up the wheat by mistake and uproot them along with the weeds. Let us stop judging others as if we are sinless.
Even Jesus was judged wrongly. He had all the good intentions for mankind but his contemporaries condemned Him and had Him nailed on the cross.
Brothers and sisters, are there instances when we were a weed among the wheat? If God had not been lovingly patient with you, where would you be today?
God bless, Fr. Dennis