24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like someone who planted good seed in his field. 25 While people were sleeping, an enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat and went away. 26 When the stalks sprouted and bore grain, then the weeds also appeared. 27 “The servants of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Master, didn’t you plant good seed in your field? Then how is it that it has weeds?’ 28 “‘An enemy has done this,’ he answered. “The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29 “But the landowner said, ‘No, because if you gather the weeds, you’ll pull up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow side by side until the harvest. And at harvest time I’ll say to the harvesters, “First gather the weeds and tie them together in bundles to be burned. But bring the wheat into my barn.”’” 36 Jesus left the crowds and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” 37 Jesus replied, “The one who plants the good seed is the Human One. 38 The field is the world. And the good seeds are the followers of the kingdom. But the weeds are the followers of the evil one.39 The enemy who planted them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the present age. The harvesters are the angels. 40 Just as people gather weeds and burn them in the fire, so it will be at the end of the present age. 41 The Human One will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all things that cause people to fall away and all people who sin. 42 He will throw them into a burning furnace. People there will be weeping and grinding their teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom. Those who have ears should hear.” (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, CEB)
Didn’t you plant good seed in your garden? How is it that there are weeds?
Would we ever plant weeds? Can you think of a time when you wanted to cause harm to someone? That you did something that you knew would result in someone being hurt? That is planting weeds. I think we all plant weeds sometimes because of our sinner nature. We do things to make us happy which we know will have an adverse effect on someone, or maybe we don’t know it will. Like telling something we think if funny, but is actually not funny because it makes fun of someone for how they were born, or it is racist or sexist.
I feel like we are all wheat and all weeds. We are Saint and Sinner. But remember even the wheat is beat and separated with the winnowing fork. The chaff is burned and the kernel is used.
We all have within us the ability to follow after Christ and show forth the love that was given to all of us.
So go and show God’s love.