The scripture for today is Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43.
Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’
“‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.
“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
“‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”
Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people 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.
“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.
The best thing about the parables from our Lord and Teacher are how timely they are. As I write this, images of brutality and violence spread like wildfire in the media and my heart is breaking. From this parable, I learn, I should not judge an entire group by the actions of a few sin-sick individuals. I believe Jesus is pleading with us to come together. His children are the good wheat. He wants us to avoid getting mixed up with the fear, hate and rage planted by the enemy. Instead, he wants us to comfort, love and support one another until the day of harvest.
Come Lord Jesus, cleanse my heart from fear, hatred, racism and resentment. Come Holy Spirit, plant the seeds of unconditional love and show me the words from your Holy Book that nurture the good within me. Heavenly Father, let thy kingdom and righteous come. Heal us all. Amen.
Connie Simmonds firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: Protect our black brothers and sisters. Protect our Officers of the Law. Protect all those who raise their voices in protest against evil in the world. Give us ears to hear their outcry. Heal our hearts, teach us to love those different than ourselves, that we truly become One Nation, Under God.