It is an age-old question: why is there evil in the world? In the parable of the wheat and the weeds Jesus suggests that both grow together until the harvest. With Paul, we long for the day that all creation will be set free from bondage and suffering. Having both weeds and wheat within us, we humbly place our hope in the promises of God, and from the Lord’s table we go forth to bear the fruit of justice and mercy.
There is no other God than the Lord
Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth
The revealing of the children of God
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
The parable of the weeds
Worship Themes and Music
We tend to want to exert our own will on the world around us. We like to be the masters of our domain. Today’s readings remind us that God is in charge. God is the first and the last, the Alpha and Omega, the rock on which we base our lives. Jesus’ parable of the weeds reminds us that God’s will is ultimate and shall play out in the end times.
These words can alternately seem like a comfort and like a challenge. Trust in God’s plan is not always an easy task in the face of adversity. This week we’re singing For the Fruit of All Creation during which we proclaim “In the just reward of labor, God’s will is done. In the help we give our neighbor, God’s will is done. in our worldwide task of caring for the hungry and despairing, in the harvests we are sharing, God’s will is done.” Trusting in God’s will frees us to let go of the anxieties we face and turn to help our neighbors. It’s counterintuitive, but trusting in God’s plan leads us to do more to help those in our community who are in need. Where in your life can trust in God lead you help the downtrodden?