Friday, July 23, 2010
WHEAT OR WEED – JULY 24TH SATURDAY (Mt 13: 24-30)
1. The Attempt to make the field of the world appear uniform has been one of the most disastrous hindrances of the growth of religion. This measure of the servants has effected a more frightful desolation and barrenness than anything which the existence of the tares or the weeds could have done.
2. Within the Church it is often very difficult to know what wheat is and what is not. An opinion which is condemned as scandalous or full of danger may turn out to be true and wholesome.
3. Weeds actually here refer to a noxious weed that in its early stages closely resembles wheat and cannot be readily distinguished from it.
4. The picture of weeds planted in the fields was a known practice in ancient warfare and feuds- one destroys another’s agricultural base and his military power.
5. The owner deiced that the wheat and weeds should grow together until the harvest – a common metaphor for final judgment (Jer 51:33, Hosea 6:11). Jesus was making the point that while his coming signaled the arrival of kingdom its consummation could be delayed.
Good and bad always exists together. All of us are good but we cannot say that we are good always. God the supreme goodness does not condemn us even if we fail to manifest goodness in our day today life. The moment we do certain good we try blaming others who fail to do good. We have the mentality of the servants to do away completely with the weeds. Who knows one day with the grace of God even a weed can give fruit provided it is given a space to grow.
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