Wheat and Weeds
Again, Jesus focuses on seeds and sowing and bearing fruit. But, this week, an enemy of the sower comes along and sows seeds and when they grow seeds appear as well. Similarly, bad things can happen to us. In the course of our lives, we might encounter things that we might not consider life-giving. They might not be things that are good, but rather, evil things — like sickness, sin, evil, starvation, tragedy, poverty, tribulation, conflict, violence, or war. These things grow up along with the wheat. But God does not eliminate all of this, lest the wheat be destroyed with it. God permits bad things to happen, and we trust that He will bring about a greater good through these things. Ultimately, we know, as the psalm reminds us that the “Lord is good and forgiving.” When things aren’t quite what we think they should be, or when we might not think that we are who God is calling us to be, remember that He is good and forgiving. So let us trust in that love of His that is good and forgiving. – Fr. Jason.