I think that for most of us trying to live a Christian life, we have had people ask us why does God let all of this bad stuff happen in the world. I respond with “God gives us free will” or “because our sins have consequences” or maybe even “I do not know but I believe God will make a good out of all that is evil.”
Today’s Gospel from Matthew 13:24-30, talks about “The Parable of the Weeds Among the Wheat.” It is a short parable and might be good to read it as written … 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.”’”
I would like to think that I am the wheat among the many weeds of the world but I know I am and have been a weed. As I understand it, God, in His time, will gather them both in as He says and we will know our eternity. It is not mentioned in the parable but I believe with all my heart that God does not want any of us to perish in fire. He continues to call us to repentance and conversion in His great love and mercy for us. I have the free will to choose to follow Him as wheat or to go my own way as a weed. I am not a gardener but for the many years of taking care of my lawns, I do not like weeds.
Have a beautiful weekend!