Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072818.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.”‘”
If we are not cautious the evil one will come and sow seeds of doubt, fear and hate in our hearts. If we plant the good seeds on solid ground, we can pick out the “weeds” as they grow. We will recognize the evil for what it is and pluck it out. Do you know the weeds from the wheat? Have you planted the word of God in your heart?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, pulling out the weeds was a hard, painful process and I can now recognize when a sprout comes back. With your help, it is plucked out and burned in the fire of your love. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!
How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!