The Wheat and the Weeds – Matthew 13:24-30
The Parable of the Weeds among the Wheat.
24He proposed another parable to them. “The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off. 26When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well. 27The slaves of the householder came to him and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?’ 28He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ 29He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. 30Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.”’” (NAB)
I’m a “good” Catholic. I always thought the weeds were the sins of somebody else, a really “bad” sinner. Yes, I know I am a sinner and need to reconcile with God regularly, but I thought that was my pass. I receive God’s grace in His sacrament, so I can’t be the weed, even though my wheat is a little tattered. I want to be the wheat, even though I regularly fall.
All members of the Church, including her ministers, must acknowledge that they are sinners. In everyone, the weeds of sin will still be mixed with the good wheat of the Gospel until the end of time. (CCC 827)
Well, my wheat isn’t tattered at all, but it is still mixed with weeds, weeds that are in me. That falling of mine is a homegrown weed. Why did I always think that the weed was someone else’s?