In today's Gospel reading from Matthew 13, Jesus tells the parable of the wheat and the weeds.
A man sows wheat seeds in a field. At night, an enemy comes and sows weed seeds in the field as well. When the crop grows, the slaves come and tell the landowner that weeds were growing among the wheat. They ask what should be done and the man says, "Let them grow together until harvest."
Of course, this is a parable about the Church. The Church contains wheat and weeds. Those who look to build up the Kingdom of God, and those who wish to destroy it from within. It is important to know the difference. Sometimes it can be very hard to tell. Enemies of truth often seem well-intentioned. Some even wear collars or miters. In the end, God will separate the two.
Father, may we always be wheat, not weeds. Give us knowledge and discernment to tell one from the other. Amen.
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