Gospel mt 13:24-43
Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying:
“The kingdom of heaven may be likened
to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
While everyone was asleep his enemy came
and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.
When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well.
The slaves of the householder came to him and said,
‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field?
Where have the weeds come from?’
He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’
His slaves said to him,
‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds
you might uproot the wheat along with them.
Let them grow together until harvest;
then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters,
“First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning;
but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
He proposed another parable to them.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed
that a person took and sowed in a field.
It is the smallest of all the seeds,
yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants.
It becomes a large bush,
and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.’”
He spoke to them another parable.
“The kingdom of heaven is like yeast
that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour
until the whole batch was leavened.”
All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables.
He spoke to them only in parables,
to fulfill what had been said through the prophet:
I will open my mouth in parables,
I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation
of the world.
Then, dismissing the crowds, he went into the house.
His disciples approached him and said,
“Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man,
the field is the world, the good seed the children of the kingdom.
The weeds are the children of the evil one,
and the enemy who sows them is the devil.
The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire,
so will it be at the end of the age.
The Son of Man will send his angels,
and they will collect out of his kingdom
all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.
They will throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun
in the kingdom of their Father.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”
Once again Jesus begins the gospel using simple agrarian images when addressing the farmers of his time. In the first image, the planted crop of wheat is mixed in and is growing along side of the weeds. Rather than risk uprooting the wheat by pulling out the weeds, the Master of the field is far more concerned with protecting the wheat because he sees the potential harvest His crop can produce. That’s good news. That’s really great news. Jesus wants us to understand that God sees the fruit we can bear far and above any weeds that take up and waste valuable space in your lives. Then He goes on and likens the Kingdom of God to a mustard seed and finally, to yeast. What do these three seemingly unrelated images have in common? For God, its all about our becoming. The common thread in all three examples is POTENTIAL. Its all about going beyond our wildest dreams and rooting out our self inflicted limitations. What we see are weeds, tiny seeds, and a cup of dry flour. Not God. What God sees is a rich harvest, bushes of bird sanctuaries and delicious loaves of baked bread straight out of the oven. Todays Gospel is about our God given potential. Its about our ability which when inclusive of God, allows us to soar beyond our wildest dreams. Let us pray this week for the ability to see the glorious potential and beauty that God sees in each and every one of us. Let us pray with trust and with confidence in the possibilities that Jesus promises each one of us.