MATTHEW 13:24-43 GOSPEL READING AND REFLECTION (JULY 19, 2020)
Jesus told another parable, “ The kingdom of heaven can be compared to a man, who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the plants sprouted and produced grain, the weeds also appeared.
Then, the servants of the owner came, and said to him, ‘sir was it not a good seed that you sowed in your field? Where did the weeds come from?’ He answered them, ‘this is the work of the enemy.’ They ask him, ‘ Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?’ He told them, ‘No when you fill up the weeds, you might uproot the wheat with them. Let them grow together, until harvest; and, at the harvest time, I will say the workers: Pull up the weeds first, ties them in bundles and burn them; then gather the wheat into my barn.“
Jesus offered them another parable;” The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is smaller than all other seeds. But once it is fully grown, it is bigger than any garden plant; like a tree, the birds come and rest in its branches.”
He told them another parable, “The kingdom of heaven is like the yeast that a woman took, and hid in three measures of flour, until the whole mass of dough began to rise.”
POINTS OF REFLECTION
In this Bible reading, three parables are presented to highlight the three theological virtues which include love, faith and hope.
The first parable signifies God’s greatest love to us all. The presence of the weeds (bad elements in the society) in the field does in any way alter his being God. He allowed the bad and the good to live all together in the same world enjoying the enough amount of oxygen, rain and sunlight. He even denied subjecting bad elements in the society for punishment for the procedure might endanger the good one. Truly his is extremely amazing to each and everyone.
The second parable is about the faith. While living with the bad elements in the society won’t be easy for the good ones to stand on, God has given us the gift of faith as our shield from the disciples of evil while waiting for the judgment day.
And the third parable is about the yeast of the woman, reminded us to live in faith and grow significantly in hope unto Jesus
In conclusion, love, faith and hope are the three non-negotiable theological virtues to keep in mind in our desire to be with the father in heaven.