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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 20, 2008 Year: A
Wis. 12:13, 16-19; Rom. 8:26-27; Mt. 13:24-43
The good seed
"There is not god besides you,
whose care is for all people, to whom you should prove
that you have not judged unjustly.
For your strength is the source of righteousness, and
your sovereignty over all causes you to spare all. For
you show your strength when people doubt the
completeness of your power, and you rebuke any insolence
among those who know it. Although you are sovereign in
strength, you judge with mildness, and with great
forbearance you govern us; for you have power to act
whenever you choose.
Through such works you have taught your people that the
righteous must be kind, and you have filled your
children with good hope, because you give repentance for
sins." [Wis. 12:13, 16- 19]
helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray
as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs
too deep for words.
And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind
of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the
saints according to the will of God." [Rom. 8:26-27]
before the crowds a parable: 'The kingdom of heaven may
be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field;
but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed
weeds among the wheat, and then went away.
So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the
weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the
householder came and said to him, 'Master, did you not
sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these
weeds come from?' He answered, 'An enemy has done this.'
The slaves said to him, 'Then do you want us to go and
gather them?' But he replied, 'No; for in gathering the
weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let
both of them grow together until the harvest; and at
harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds
first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather
the wheat into my barn.'
Jesus put before them another parable: 'The kingdom of
heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and
sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds,
but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and
becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and
make nests in its branches.'
He told them another parable: 'The kingdom of heaven is
like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three
measures of flour until all of it was leavened.'
Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables;
without a parable he told them nothing. This was to
fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet: 'I will
open my mouth to speak in parables; I will proclaim what
has been hidden from the foundation of the world.'
Then Jesus left the crowds and went into the house. And
his disciples approached him, saying, 'Explain to us the
parable of the weeds of the field.' He answered, 'The
one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field
is the world, and the good seed are the children of the
kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, and
the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is
the end of the age, and the reapers are angels.
'Just as the 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 causes of sin and all evildoers, and
they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where
there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the
righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of
their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!'" [Mt.
Lenon, a young man approached me saying that he was
feeling lost in his life. He had no job, and was in to
many types of addictions. I tried to guide him, help
him. In the process I discovered that as soon as he
finished his 10th, he was out with the youth,
especially in the college. He was told that going for
mass, visiting church and praying was the task of old
ladies. So slowly he gave up all that he learnt from his
childhood. All this happened over two years of his
college life. He would never come for mass, never pray.
Gradually he entered into the habit of drinking alcohol
with his friends, wasted money and now he is weak,
jobless, and suffers intensely. What made this young man
lose all that he had learnt? Bad talk, bad thoughts, and
bad friendship. Wheat grows, weeds also grow, but at
times weeds out number wheat, and the entire crop is
Last Sunday we meditated on the parable
of the sower. Jesus explained the parable to the
disciples and they were satisfied. Today we meditate on
the parable of the good seed that fell on the good
ground and then the seed sprouted and the workers
noticed that there were also weeds along with the good.
Now the dilemma, what to do with the darnel, or the
weed? Do they have to weed the weeds? Jesus cautions
them. Let them grow, when the time for the harvest
comes, you can pluck them first, bundle them and burn.
My son and my daughter were very good. Now they are not.
Modern world, school, market, malls, play stations,
cyber cafés are the places where they gather good and
evil. Bad seeds sown in school and college campuses must
be rooted out and parents have greater role in weeding
them gradually and slowly at the same velocity of
getting them sown. Of course when the weed is already
grown, some parents use humiliating language and violent
means of facing such situations. Of course Jesus says
you need to have patience.
How to weed the weeds? There is a method
proposed. Leave the weed to grow. When both the wheat
and weed have grown, it is easier to pluck the weed out.
So what we should do? We need to allow all that is good
to grow, and the evil will have a lesser chance to
overpower the good. So, if you are good in some areas of
your life, continue to be good, and let the evil be
there, but be watchful, it will die out or it will be
easier to pluck the evil through the power of the good.
Do not allow the weed to grow and choke the good.
Concentrate on good, and then you will see a marked
change in your approach.
Find out the goodness you have. Just do
not concentrate on the bad habits. For example, if you
are good at listening music, go ahead, and monopolize
this habit, and your habit at bad thoughts will
You are in the habit of watching bad
movies, continue to watch movies that are good. The
desire for bad movies will die eventually. Then try to
overcome addiction to good movies too. That will help
you get out of this vice.
Let us analyze the passage:
He who sows the good seed is the Son of
the field is the world;
and the good seed, these are the
children of the kingdom;
and the darnel are the children of the
The enemy who sowed them is the devil.
The harvest is the end of the age,
and the reapers are angels.
Four parables in Matthew Chapter 13 deal
with "Nominalism" in the visible church. Christ is not
the only one sowing seed, the devil is also. But while
Christ sows the Word of God, the devil sows lies. If one
responds properly to the Word of God, he becomes a son
of God. But if one responds to the devil instead, he
becomes a son of the devil. There are only these two
kinds and these are distinct. There are no "half weed,
half wheat" hybrids. "He who has the Son has life; he
who does not have the Son of God does not have life."
1John 5:12 You are either one or the other.
HOWEVER, this is not to say that it is
necessarily easy to distinguish between the two. "Jesus
was referring to a weed called a "darnel", which
looks exactly like wheat in its young stages and, in
fact, only the expert can distinguish some species of
this darnel from true wheat. Later on, the differences
are remarkable. The darnel has far smaller seeds than
wheat, and it is claimed that these seeds, when ground
to flour, are poisonous, due perhaps to a particular
fungus which develops in the seed itself!" [from
Zondervan's Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible.]
An appropriate description of the devil's seed!
Don't be so gullible to presume that all
the members of your church are children of God; nor even
presume that all the members of particular churches in
the New Testament were all children of God. It is to be
understood that it is not so easy to identify or
distinguish between children of God and children of the
devil when they are still in infancy. Jesus is
discouraging people from inferring that if one is a
member of church, such a person must be a child of God.
Nor can you simply go back and infer from a single
event, of "praying to receive Christ" or getting
baptized, must mean that the person is a child of God.
Yes salvation occurs at a point in time and continues to
eternity. But whether it actually occurred at the
particular point in time when the person says it did, is
"Assurance of Salvation" is different
than "Eternal Security". Yes, Once saved, always saved,
and the object of faith for justification is the atoning
work of Christ. But what is the object of faith for the
assurance of one's salvation? Should our assurance that
we are saved be based on a single thing that we did at a
single point in time? Not according to the Bible!
It becomes easier to distinguish them
when they grow to maturity and produce fruits. "Thus,
by their fruit you will recognize them (Mt 7:20).
Paul, disturbed at their behavior, even questioned the
Corinthians: "Examine yourselves to see whether you
are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize
that Christ Jesus is in you unless, of course, you fail
the test?" (2Cor 13:5) And how do you test
yourself? By examining the out workings of your faith.
"No one who is born of God will continue to sin,
because God's seed remains in him; he cannot go on
sinning, because he has been born of God. This is how we
know who the children of God are and who the children of
the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is
not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his
brother (1John 3:9,10). But though the
distinctions may be subtle now, they will be clear in
the judgment. A weed may be growing next to a stalk of
wheat and think it has a common destiny with the wheat.
But its end is destruction. The weed is also harmful to
the wheat, its roots trying to starve the wheat from its
source. False brethren can even become institutional
leaders and bring much harm to the maturity of the
believers. In his final farewell, Paul speaks to the
elders of the church at Ephesus. "I know that after I
leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not
spare the flock. Even from your own number men will
arise and distort the truth in order to draw away
disciples after them (Acts
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