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!
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Today, Jesus instructs us on a confounding mystery, namely, the reality of evil in our lives. Any evil committed disparages all of creation and frustrates the good will of our Father in heaven. It strikes me deeply that God has an enemy who opposes God’s goodness in every way, and who stands against us also as the father of lies and the mortal enemy of our human nature. Yet, the beauty of this parable is revealed in God’s abundant patience with our human wickedness.
For indeed, God desires all to be saved, and to shine like the sun in God’s eternal kingdom. What splendor! What grace! God makes all things new and astoundingly good! Christ’s sacrificial love merits us victory over the devil! Thus, we need not fear the weeds planted by Satan. Instead, having steadfast patience with our imperfections, we will grow into a brilliant reflection of Christ’s love.
The more a person loves God, the more reason he has to hope in Him. This hope produces in the Saints an unutterable peace, which they preserve even in adversity, because as they love God, and know how beautiful He is to those who love Him, they place all their confidence and find all their repose in Him alone.
—St. Alphonsus Ligouri