Matthew 13: 36-43
Ex 33:7-11,34:5b-9,28/Ps 103:6-13
The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil.
No evil seeds sown will prevail,
God’s Word exposed the greatest liar,
His scheming deeds are known to fail,
His destiny’s eternal fire.
Then Jesus left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to Him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are the angels. As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will weed out of His kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.” (Matthew 13:36-43)
Jesus had given the Parable of the Weeds among the Wheat to shed light on the seeming prevalence of the forces of evil in the world, simultaneous with the growth of Christianity throughout the ages. Only the assurance of our Lord gives us hope that in the end, good will prevail, and evil will be consigned to eternal fire.
On a smaller scale, we can apply this parable to the situation in some of our renewal communities. It is here where the Word of God has been sown and nurtured, and the love among brothers and sisters makes everyone comfortable and complacent. But then the devil comes to sow ill will and intrigues in the community, and soon the enmities fester. Some of the members want to take drastic action, such as alienating or ostracizing the mavericks in the group. Fortunately, prudence and cooler heads prevail, realizing that it is better to wait and clarify issues than to hurt anyone and destroy good relationships. Soon, opposing parties come to accept their differences, and conclude that the issues involved are petty and far outweighed by love and understanding in the group. Everyone involved is enriched by the experience, and the bonds of true friendship are restored again in the community.
There is an important lesson that we can learn from this parable. It is this: that Satan is a consummate destroyer. St. Paul’s letter warns us: “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Eph. 6:12) St. Peter also wrote: “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1Pet 5:8) In our efforts to serve the Lord and win souls for His kingdom, we can’t expect the devil to sit around and do nothing. He is doing everything to derail God’s plan in our lives. He will try to hamper our ministry for the Lord by attacking our vulnerable flanks. He will try to discourage and demoralize us to counter the urgings and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. He will even try to convince us that sinners are in a hopeless situation. The devil’s mission is to destroy our fellowship with Jesus.
Help us, Lord to stand firm amidst all the false religions sprouting all around us. We know that we need to be well grounded in Your truth; inspire us to make reading the Bible and meditating on Your Word a daily habit, and to receive our Lord Jesus Christ constantly in the Holy Eucharist for our nourishment and strength. Amen.