Date: Monday, September 23
Scripture: Matthew 13:24-30
Verse: And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ (Matthew 13:27)
Mowing my backyard this summer, I thought it would be wonderful if we could all agree that dandelions were flowers and not weeds. There were so many, I was convinced I could have started a fairly successful business selling them. But, alas, they are weeds, and tough ones to remove from our yard. Weeds are quite annoying because of their persistency – growing through rock beds, cracks in the driveway, and the seams in the sidewalk. Their roots are sometimes deep, and their ability to reproduce remarkable. Just when you think you have a handle on one section of the yard, it seems they begin to appear in another. Where did that new patch come from?
In today’s reading, Jesus’ parable of the wheat and weeds, the slaves ask the householder that very question, “did you no sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?” Only as a parable, this isn’t really a question about lawn maintenance. They are talking about something far more serious. This parable asks why we find bad, even evil, in the world God created as “good.” It’s a great question with which, I confess, I sometimes struggle as well.
The answer doesn’t identify the “enemy” specifically, but tells us this was not the God’s plan. For now, the householder says, let the wheat and weeds grow together, and it will all be sorted out in the end. The point being God is not the one who brought evil into the world, or into our lives. God sows good seeds, and calls us to do the same.
This week we look at the final phrase of the prayer Jesus taught his disciples, “deliver us from evil.” As we begin, we are reminded the evil is not from God, nor is it to be the work of God’s people. An enemy has done this, and when God’s kingdom comes, we will live with all wheat and no weeds.
Prayer: Protect me O God, from being overcome with the weeds. Teach me how I may join you in sowing good seed in the world. Amen.
Action: What evils in the world affect you at a gut level? Hunger? Illness? Storms? Homelessness? Suffering children? Political leaders abusing their people? Identify what moves you as we reflect on evil this week.
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