He put before them 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.’”
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.
Over the last few decades it’s become increasingly clear just how interconnected our world is. An increase in average temperature in the Arctic raises the sea level around the world. An increase in output of oil in the Middle East drops prices throughout North America. An increased awareness of violence erodes trust within our global civilization.
Jesus’ parable today brings to light the unseen networks that tie us together. Whether ecological, economic, or interpersonal, our world is inextricably interconnected. These connections beneath the surface are the root system that tie together the weeds and the wheat. They cannot be separated without causing unpredictable and inexplicable harm to each other. Jesus recognized this thousands of years ago and tried to show us how much we depend on each other.
As I go about my day, help me to be sensitive to how my life is tied to that of others: how their gain is my gain and how their loss is my loss, or, how my gain is their gain and my loss is their loss.
Yahweh, I know You are near,
standing always at my side.
You guard me from the foe.
And You lead me in ways everlasting.
Lord, You have searched my heart,
and You know when I sit and when I stand.
Your hand is upon me protecting me from death,
keeping me from harm. [Refrain]
Where can I run from Your love?
If I climb to the heavens You are there;
If I fly to the sunrise or sail beyond the sea,
still I’d find You there. [Refrain]
—Daniel L. Schutte, “You Are Near,” © 1971, administered by OCP Publications.
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