The Great Harvest

In today’s gospel we heard the explanation of the parable of the wheat and the weeds previously told in Mt 13:24-30. The explanation is straight forward: “field is the world, the good seed the children of the Kingdom. The weeds are the children of the Evil One.” And indeed that is a simple explanation of ourselves and our circle of family, friends, associates and acquaintances. The world has children who seek the Kingdom, those who reject the Kingdom and its claim upon us, and those who do not accept nor reject. One of our possible responses is to take care of ourselves and let God sort out the rest. As the parable makes clear and the subsequent explanation supports, God indeed sorts it out in the end.

Which raises the question to our own good self: are we in fact “good”, are we wheat? Are we the people who listen to the Word of God and let its claim upon us play out in our lives. Is God and his kingdom the “pearl of great price” that we seek without hesitation? Is that Word like the mustard seed, is it like yeast – starting small and yielding so much more than we ever expected. Maybe we are wheat!

But what about our friends, family, associates and acquaintances? They too will be harvested one way or the other. Are they helping you stay the course? I suspect the “wheat” that hangs out willingly with “weeds” eventually becomes weeds. Of course, the other side of the coin is the question if you are helping them stayed planted as wheat? Are you the mustard seed, the yeast or the “wheat” in their lives?

The thing about being “wheat” is that you can give it all away: the Word, grace, prayer, encouragement, invitation, and more – because there is always more where they came from. We are called to uproot life a bit so that the harvest is plenty and there are no weeds to gather and burn.

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The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire,
so will it be at the end of the age.
The Son of Man will send his angels,
and they will collect out of his Kingdom
all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.
They will throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun
in the Kingdom of their Father.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.

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