Spiritual War with the Wheat and the Weeds: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
16th Sunday of Ordinary Time
The spiritual war
· Recently I have mentioned the City of God vs. the City of Man
· Or our parable this weekend, again with seeds, but with the enemy
o “The kingdom of heaven may be likened
to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
While everyone was asleep his enemy came
and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.
When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well.”
§ Wheat and tares…wheat and weeds
· Welcome to humanity!
So there we have, with the good fruit, and the bad fruit, the team with God, and the team with Satan
Yet we have more when we are with God
· For instance
o Wisdom: “But though you are master of might, you judge with clemency,
and with much lenience you govern us;”
o “Lord, you are good and forgiveness…”
o And in a special way during this time is that the Holy Spirit will even give us power without speaking:
§ “The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.”
And at the end of our lives, God is the Judge
· And we ought to listen to the response to this parable with reality:
o “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man,
the field is the world, the good seed the children of the kingdom.
The weeds are the children of the evil one,
and the enemy who sows them is the devil.
The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
Just as 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 who cause others to sin and all evildoers.
They will throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun
in the kingdom of their Father.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”
· Today, many of us don’t want to hear these words from Jesus, bought we should. Like last weekend, we have ears, and we must hear!