Chapter 7 – The Kingdom of God
Story No. 2 of 7 (Matthew 13:24-30)
Jesus’ Parable of the Weeds had multiple characters and scenes. Firstly, the Field Owner represented God and the Field the whole World. Then, there were two Sowers, Jesus who sowed good seed and the devil who sowed weeds. Of course, the good seed represented the Children of God, while the weeds represented Children of evil.
The Parable went like this:
The Kingdom of Heaven is like a Seed Sower (Jesus) who sows a field with good seed but at night, an enemy scatters weeds among the crop (Devil). When the plants sprout, the growing weeds are noticed by the servants and they ask the Field Owner (God), “Sir, didn’t you sow Good Seed in your field? Where did the Weeds come from?” The Field Owner replies, “An enemy (Devil) has done this”.
The servants then ask God if they should remove the Weeds, to which He responds, “No, since in gathering the Weeds you may uproot the Good Seed with them. Let both grow together until the harvest”.
At harvest time, I will tell the reapers, “First collect the Weeds and tie them into bundles to be burned, but then gather the Good Seed into my barn”.
The message in this Parable is very clear. That’s what will happen on our Judgement Day. God will send his Angels to collect all the evil ones and throw them into a fiery furnace, “Where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth” and the righteous, “Will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father”.
It’s a harsh question but I must ask myself; am I a good seed or a weed? It’s better to check my answer regularly, rather than wait until it’s too late.
Lord Jesus, forgive me my sins, save me from the fires of hell and send all poor suffering souls to heaven. Amen.
Prayer: Act of Contrition
O, My God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee,
and I detest my sins most of all because they offend Thee,
who are all good and deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace,
to sin no more and to amend my life. Amen.
|Music Suggestion: One Bread…|
Listen and reflect… pause and talk.
Today in 311, the Diocletianic Persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire ended. Countless thousands of Christians were gruesomely executed for their faith having refused to denounce it.
Pray for those discriminated against for their faith. Our Father…
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(Note: The story order represents an approximate timeline of events in Jesus’ ministry; Biblical Scholars views vary.)