Jesus Explains the Parable of the Weeds

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Reflection on the Gospel of Tuesday In The Seventeenth Week In Ordinary Time

Matthew 13:36-43

 

Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.

  • The Disciples are confused, just as the servants of the Land Owner.
  • Why the delay in removing the weeds?
  • They do not understand God’s Mercy, Patience and Wisdom.
  • God knows the heart of every human, yet he is patient with them and gives them every opportunity to reform.
  • And at times these very weeds are entangled in the lives of the wheat.
  • The weeds are essential to the Wheat, they being their family, friends etc…
  • Example: Yahweh overlooked Aaron’s role in the incident of the Golden Calf, for the sake of Moses.

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He who sows the good seed is the Son of man;

  • As John in his prologue states, Jesus the Son of Man was there before time.
  • He is the Word spoken that created/brought into being all creation.
  • All goodness and righteousness comes from him
  • Therefore any action of change for good and positivity in every man is a result of his action.
  • He is the word heard directly or indirectly; the word good – sharper then any sword, which convicts humanity of the truth.

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the field is the world

  • Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool (Isaiah 66:1).
  • In contrast the story of creation brings out the understanding that all creation is fashioned like a temple.
  • A place for God to dwell in
  • with humanity, the reason (because he was madly in love with humanity) why everything was created.
  • The World-Temple is the place where God wants to reside, alongside man
  • walking with him, like Adam is shown doing in the Garden of Eden.

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the good seed means the sons of the kingdom the weeds are the sons of the evil one,

  • Genesis 6:4 makes an obscure mention of “God came in to the daughters of men
  • What it simple is saying those who accept God in their hearts and lives, are the Sons/Daughters of God
  • Those who reject God and do now want him to be part of their lives live in darkness
  • devoid of full understanding,
  • because God is all important factor in our lives who makes us complete, in all ways.

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and the enemy who sowed them is the devil

  • This reference is probably to the devil.
  • but it can be applied to the first moment when doubt took root in humanity
  • doubt that God did not have the best interests of humanity at heart
  • doubt that God was using humanity as a tool.
  • doubt that God was holding out and not giving humanity proper dignity.
  • and ever since this doubt has coloured/flavoured everyone of our interaction with God.
  • Therefore we hold out from giving ourselves totally to God
  • We do everything contrary to what is good.
  • We make use of God; approach him when in trouble, and flee from him when all seems okay.

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the harvest is the close of the age

  • Indeed a time comes when everyone of us will be asked to give account
  • just like the 3 Servants who were given gold talents.
  • Here I would liken the talents with Life.
  • And what did we do with the life which was gifted to us.
  • The answer to this is in the parable of the Prodigal Son
    • We can be like the Elder Son, knowing God, but do not personally know God.
    • Or be like the Younger Son, living a half life out in the world.
    • may be enjoying it to the fullest according to what the world says is success and life
  • God is patient and kind, loving and merciful
    • he is always waiting for us like the Prodigal Father
    • but the key to understanding this parable
    • is that it is not he who does the action of finding his son and bringing him back
    • It is the decision the Younger Son takes to return, and does return.
  • So a God who is all good and every so loving of his Children cannot condemn even the most notorious of them.
    • The final Judgement is this then
    • that we by virtue of our decisions and actions
    • shut God out of our lives…
    • and when we do come to understand his love for us, we cannot/are unable to go to him
    • and this knowing that we cannot go back to him is hell fire.

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He who has ears, let him hear.

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