Lord, explain to me the weeds among the wheat. Don’t bother telling me the problems with weeds, or the benefits of wheat. I know those things well. What I want you to explain is how to tell the difference. Every time I go to remove a weed, I find some wheat. Just when I think I’ve found some wheat, I look down and I am clinging to a weed.
Today, Jesus explains the parable of weeds being sown among the wheat. It provides some comfort in knowing evil (the weeds) will be collected up and burned in the fire after the harvest. I’m hoping the wheat gets collected up and turned into Sugar Pops cereal. Because when I was a child, eating Sugar Pops was like being in heaven.
There’s one problem to the whole explanation. Jesus never tells us how to distinguish between wheat and weeds. And, the weeds never get burned up until the end of the age. So what do we do until then?
We are living in a time of wheat among the weeds. Actually, we’re always living in this condition. It’s just now, thanks to Mark Zuckerberg, it’s more visible. Nothing exposes our souls quite like Facebook.
These past few weeks, some of the nicest, most loving people I know posted absolutely horrible things on Facebook. Are they wheat or weed? Then, some, who are typically angry, have posted calming rational articles. Are they weed or wheat? There are people I want to unfriend because they post such horrible things. But maybe fear has just temporarily consumed their soul. We need the freedom to express our anger. Healing is not possible without it. But, we cannot allow anger to consume us. It’s wheat among the weeds, Lord. Grant me the wisdom to tell the difference. (Mt. 13: 36-43)