16th Week in Ord. Time, Saturday – 24th July 2021 — Gospel: Mt 13,24-30
Jesus again shares a parable to understand the value of the kingdom of heaven. In this parable of the spread of weeds among the wheat, He presents the dynamic process of its growth and working. The sower who is also the owner (God) intends only the growth of the seed (wheat). What is important is the wisdom of the owner who doesn’t pull out the weeds at the time of identification itself, because it would also uproot the wheat. It is a reminder that the Job of separating the good growth from the bad and making the final judgment is left to the owner of the field. He has sufficient knowledge, because he is aware of the enemy’s interference and knows that it is hard to distinguish the good from the bad, while they both are maturing and growing. However, the owner intervenes twice with his deliberate decisions: once at the early stages of growth, telling his slaves not to weed off and next at the harvest time, commands them to collect weeds first to be bound and burned, whereas the wheats are gathered into the Master’s barn.