We Should Be The Wheat And Not The Tares
6th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Archbishop Loren Thomas Hines
July 19, 2020
Readings: Wisdom 12: 13, 16 -19
Romans 8: 18 -25
Matthew 13: 24 -30, 36 -43
From the beginning of time, God has set a plan. He showed us His very heart. Israel was chosen to be the witness of who He was. He gave them directions which were to be the laws. He already had these plans set in the Old Testament. In the Gospels, God gives us the plans of the kingdom. Since man did not understand this, God through Jesus changed His method of teaching into parables so that people would be able to understand.
Our minds are thinking of so many things. We think of what we are going to do the next day, we think of how people have hurt us; and these are hindrances to our understanding of the Word. God reveals these mysteries to us. He quickens our mortal flesh, our inner part into life. Man thinks he can do things his own way but he cannot. Christ reveals the mysteries that were hidden for ages. Deuteronomy 29: 29 The secret things belong unto the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. The gospel records ancient things.
God’s pattern is for life. The earth is His field, prepared ahead of time to produce. If we followed His principles, we would be able to take care of the earth. The Parable of the Wheat and Tares tells us that “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, “Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares? He said to them, “An enemy has done this.” The servants said to him, “Do you want us then to go and gather them up?” But he said, “No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest, I will say to the reapers, “first gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”
This meant that God wasn’t going to take the evil away but let it stay for us to conquer and to overcome because we are being lax. God speaks to us today in the kingdom that we need to conquer the evil around us. If the bad is left there, they might be able to change for the good. It’s important for us to understand that the tares will be gathered first, to be bound and burned. Then the wheat will be gathered to the barn. We need to know why evil is there. This is for the good in us to overcome the evil.
The one who sows good seed is the Son of man. The Field is the world and it belongs to Him. If we follow His Word, we will not lack in the provisions of God. When we live in rebellion, we are sons of the evil one. If we violate the kingdom principles and cause stumbling blocks, we are sons of the evil one. Seeds are powerful. Out of the smallness of seeds comes forth the potential and greatness of God.
The field is capable of bringing forth good fruit if we do not mishandle it. As children of God, our evidence is love. As children of God, we are to bring back all the glory to Him. Hosea 2: 23 I will plant her for myself in the land; I will show my love to the one I called “Not my loved one.” I will say to those called “Not my people, you are my people, and they will say, you are God. God is the sower of life. All things belong to Him. People today are living for themselves, living in self-centeredness. Tares are from the enemy. They come while we are asleep. Many times we are working for the devil. When we wish bad things to come upon others, we are doing the work of the enemy.
One of the reasons why evil is so prevalent today is because Christians do not live out the life of Christ. We do not bring forth fruit. Just as the tares are gathered to be burned, the angels will come and take them out, and remove the stumbling blocks. Then the righteous will shine forth in the kingdom. Paradise will come after the tares have gone.