Sunday, 20 July 2008

The darnels are allowed to grow among the wheat

Just a very short reflection on the Gospel today (Mt 13:24-34), in specific the parable of the wheat and the darnels:

Another parable he put before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the householder came and said to him, `Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then has it weeds?' He said to them, `An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, `Then do you want us to go and gather them?' But he said, `No; lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.'" (Mt 13:24-30 from the RSV)

In the explanation of this parable we read that the Lord explains that the good seed are the subjects of the kingdom of God. The darnels, the bad seed, the subjects of the devil.
Most striking is however that Jesus, the Son of Man and sower of the good seed, says that his servants, the angels, are not allowed to root up the darnels, but must allow them to grow together with the wheat. Then at the time of the harvest they will be separated and the darnels, the subjects of the evil one, will be thrown in the blazing furnace. The subjects of the Kingdom of God on the other hand will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.

This is how it is in the world, good and evil are both allowed to persevere, God does not intervene as to root out evil. All are allowed to grow up together for fear that rooting out the darnels it might also damage the wheat. If all evil would be rooted up straight away, for a starters there would not be a possibility for people to turn from evil ways. But more important it will also influence the way the good people life. God stays in a way at a distance to allow His subjects to develop into grown wheat, and cannot disturb this process! These seeds can then bring forth "some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty" (Mt 13:8).

We all have free choice, and it is at the end of our lives that we make an account of our free choices. That is why God cannot intervene as that would take away our free choice. The reward is there however at the end, as is often made clear, and in this life we can have the joy of choosing freely to have a relation with God, and share in the joy of His love!

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