Scripture: Matthew 13:24-30
Key verse: (29) But he replied, “No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them.”
Reflection: I love to weed! I know you can spray weeds but it’s so much more pleasurable to physically work in the yard and pull them out. I think maybe I love pulling the actual weeds in my lawn because I’m aware that Jesus cautions against spiritual weed-pulling.
In this parable Jesus describes a person who sows good seed in the field but, while everyone is asleep, an enemy comes and sows weed seeds in the same field. The good plants sprout and grow, and the weeds sprout and grow along with them. Good and bad plants are mixed together in the field. When the slaves ask about gathering the weeds, the master responds with our key verse above. You can’t gather the weeds without endangering the good plants as well.
This is a spiritual truth on many levels. The church is full of both good plants and weeds. That’s true for our own congregation, for our denomination, and for the church universal. And I’m not always sure I can identify clearly which is which! I’m a pretty mixed field myself. Often my very best traits are also my worst faults. A poet used the word “mixed-bagness” to describe humans. We are all a jumble of good and bad together. If we remember, we will treat one another with grace and leave the weeding to God. In the meantime, I’ll just deal with the crabgrass and the dandelions in my yard and give thanks for God’s mercy to let my spiritual field grow.
Prayer: Dear Lord, we are tempted to judge one another harshly. We are tempted to find fault easily and to cast blame quickly. Forgive us. Transform us by your grace so we will treat one another graciously. Through Christ our Lord we pray. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].