The Gospel Question

Each week, a member of the parish submits a question relating to the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel lesson. We invite you to reflect on it yourself or with your family or friends, as we will be doing at meetings at St. Stephen’s. If you’d like to write a question or two, please email Sandy Emler.

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 13:24-30,36-43

Jesus put before the crowd another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, `Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ He answered, `An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, `Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he replied, `No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!”

The Gospel Question

Don’t you just love the fact that even his disciples didn’t get the
parables!  With great patience Jesus once again explains what this
parable means; that may not give us much comfort either.  We may be the
good seed allowed to grow with that which the devil has sown.  Yet we
also, on occasion, do evil things.  “At the end of the age”, could this
not refer to the time of our death? The angels will come to harvest all
that causes sin, thank you Lord; but what about all that I have done
which is less than God would have wanted?  May, somehow, God see us as
righteous as he see us standing with Jesus. 

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The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. All rights reserved.