This Sunday’s Gospel: July 19, 2020

This Sunday's Gospel

Matthew 13:24-43

Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying:
“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.
The slaves of the householder came to him and said,
‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field?
Where have the weeds come from?’
He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’
His slaves said to him,
‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds
you might uproot the wheat along with them.
Let them grow together until harvest;
then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters,
“First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning;
but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

He proposed another parable to them.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed
that a person took and sowed in a field.
It is the smallest of all the seeds,
yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants.
It becomes a large bush,
and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.’”

He spoke to them another parable.
“The kingdom of heaven is like yeast
that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour
until the whole batch was leavened.”

All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables.
He spoke to them only in parables,
to fulfill what had been said through the prophet:
I will open my mouth in parables,
I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation
of the world.

Then, dismissing the crowds, he went into the house.
His disciples approached him and said,
“Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
He said in reply, “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.”

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What comes to mind when you think of the Kingdom of Heaven? Do images of yeast and mustard seeds come to mind? Jesus speaks in parables so that we can understand our Heavenly Father and his Kingdom. In This Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus reveals the Kingdom of Heaven to us through three interesting parables. He explains that our Father allows good and bad people to live together, like how weeds grow among the wheat. He refrains from uprooting the weeds to avoid harming the wheat, but once it’s time to harvest the wheat, he destroys the weeds. In this life, the good have to live among the bad, but it won’t last forever. We’ll receive our reward and gain eternal life while the evil ones perish. The Kingdom of Heaven is glorious and everything we could hope for it to be, but it can sneak up on us. At first glance, it can be unassuming, like a tiny mustard seed or some yeast. It might come unexpectedly, but once we take a closer look, we realize the treasure that it is. We see the mustard see grow into a magnificent tree and the yeast that allows our bread to rise. Jesus says he will “announce what is hidden from the world.” We might not see or understand the Kingdom of Heaven, but we can look to Jesus to learn about it and to get there.

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