Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072316.cfm
Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds. “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.”’”
Weeds and wheat grow together. But what grows is dramatically different. One feeds and one kills. Wheat is used to make food to nourish our body. Weeds can overgrow wheat and suffocate the young plants. We have good and bad growing in our communities. If we are not vigilant, the bad will suffocate the good and kill the young growth. Where are you in the garden? Are you wheat or a weed?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to fertilize the good in this word and nourish it to develop strong roots. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!