The shorter version of the Gospel offered in the Lectionary for yesterday’s Mass, strips away a number of the parables of the Kingdom, and the commentary on this particular Gospel.
You might find it helpful to read this parable over to yourself a couple of times, gently seeing what it connects with in your life, and then bringing it to the Lord in prayer.
Jesus put another parable before the crowds, ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everybody was asleep his enemy came, sowed darnel all among the wheat, and made off. When the new wheat sprouted and ripened, the darnel appeared as well. The owner’s servants went to him and said, “Sir, was it not good seed that you sowed in your field? If so, where does the darnel come from?” “Some enemy has done this” he answered. And the servants said, “Do you want us to go and weed it out?” But he said, “No, because when you weed out the darnel you might pull up the wheat with it. Let them both grow till the harvest; and at harvest time I shall say to the reapers: First collect the darnel and tie it in bundles to be burnt, then gather the wheat into my barn.”’
The owner of the field, the sower of the seed, waits patiently for the harvest. He trusts in the goodness of the seed, and that, despite the weeds that surround it, it will flourish and provide a good harvest.
How often we lack that patience and trust. And how often our desire to put things right ends up doing more damage!
St Paul, as usual, sees how it is in our acknowledging our inability to get things right, that we are most open to God’s saving work.
Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant… (2 Corinthians 3:4-5 ESV)
Image is of The Harvest Moon, by Samuel Palmer.
For a brief talk on the painting, click here.