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On The Side Of The Angels?

The virtuous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of the Father
Matthew 13:24-43 or 13:24-30

Sermon Topic Judgmentalism

Sermon Week Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 13:43


The parable in today's Gospel Lesson is about a farmer who sowed good seed into his field. Under cover of the night, an enemy sowed "darnel (weeds) all among the wheat." And when the new wheat sprouted and ripened, the darnel appeared as well.

We find it hard to imagine that someone would go to the trouble of purposely sowing bad seed in another person's fields, but among the ancients this was a favorite method of revenge or punishment. According to most translations, the bad seed is what is nowadays called "bearded darnelle." Darnel and wheat is a particularly insidious combination, because the sprouts of both seeds are indistinguishable, even to a trained eye. Consequently, the darnel cannot be weeded out as soon as it emerges, lest the wheat be pulled up by mistake. By the time the plants can be distinguished, it's too late to weed out the darnel because the roots of the darnel and the roots of the wheat become intertwined. Plucking the mature weed will also uproot the good wheat.

The farmer in the parable could burn off the whole field and sow again, but instead he pursues the only course which will allow him to salvage his original crop. He allows the wheat and the weeds to grow side-by-side until the harvest. Then every plant will be cut, the wheat will be stored in the barn, and the weeds will be gathered for burning. In explaining the parable Jesus says, "The Son of Man will send His angels, and they will gather out of His Kingdom all things that provoke offenses and all who do evil, and throw them into blazing furnaces" (Mt. 13:43).

It is probably safe to say that in our mental images of Jesus' parable of the wheat and the weeds, we depict ourselves as the wheat. We see ourselves on the side of the angels. We see them collecting all those evildoers (the weeds) and throwing them into the fire while we (the good wheat) patiently wait for those nice angels to escort us into heaven. There, in Jesus' words, we [...]

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