By Father Dan Ferrandiz
For the U Matuna Si Yu’os
The good news is that we have the W-H-E-A-T growing along with the WEEDS. While the WEEDS are interpreted as the bad believers, the Wheat is considered the good one. How do we become the WHEAT that God expects at harvest time? To be wheat we are reminded of the following:
If the WILL is weak, it can be strengthened by the W-WORD of God. Jesus gave us the weapon to defeat evil using the Word of God. James 1:21 says, “humbly welcome the Word that has taken root in you, with its power to save you.” If you are a good person and you pray for that goodness to sustain you, you will stay good no matter what the circumstances are. We call that “principled goodness.”
Principled goodness brings H-Humility. Wheat, when it becomes mature, bows its head, with the weight of the harvest. Likewise, for believers, the more they mature, the more they are humbled knowing they can’t do anything without God. Bearing more fruit for the Christian should not lead to pride but to humility.
Humility reminds us of E-ETERNAL LIFE. Wheat doesn’t go very deep compared to how high it gets. It’s easily pulled up and uprooted. Christians are like that, we should not be firmly attached to this world but think of ETERNITY. The Apostle Paul said, “set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.”
A-ATTITUDES. In our life as Christians it’s not only how we accept the WORD of Jesus but also how it is acted upon in our life. “When anyone hears the Word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; but as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit” (Matthew 13:19,23).
T-TIME. There is time for Harvest. Scriptures talk about separation. Angels will separate all people into two. The sons of God into the Kingdom and the sons of darkness cast into fire. But this “separation” will take place in God’s timetable not ours. He will give us the sign when waiting is enough and it’s time to make a valuable judgment. Meanwhile, Christians must focus their time not looking at the faults of others and judging people. Their responsibility is to observe the fruits of their own life.
The reason why the owner allowed the weeds to grow side by side the wheat is to avoid making judgment and prevents us from committing collateral damage or hitting the wrong targets. This is the reason why the owner of the field did not want to pull out the weeds because by pulling it out he might pull the wheat as well. The roots of the weed and wheat entangle themselves around each other. So if one is removed it damages the roots of the other. The wheat continues to grow despite the weeds competing for water, nutrients and sunlight. This means that Christians are not called to separate from the difficulties and the pressures of the world. Competing with the weeds allows us to discover how well the WORD of God has deeply rooted in us. The world will give us pressures to weaken our roots. And it is in these stressful times that we discover how well our life has been rooted in the WORD when we can withstand the pressure and make right decisions regardless of outside influences.
One thing is clear. Good and bad exist in the world. Live with them but do not lose your goodness in you because in the end this is what will save you. Live with them and let God be the judge in the end. Let us be patient and avoid making hasty judgment on people but be hopeful that the so-called “weeds” among us will be converted to God.
Story: A teenage daughter asks her father, “Why don’t you go to church?” He replies, “Because the church is full of hypocrites.”
“What do you mean by a hypocrite?” she asks. He thinks for a moment and answers, “A hypocrite says one thing and does something else.”
The daughter replies, “That sounds like you, Daddy!”
“I’m no hypocrite!” the father responds. “Yes, you are,” she says. “You say that I have to go to church because it’s important, but then you don’t go. You say one thing and do another. Doesn’t that make you a hypocrite? I wish you could go with me because there is room in the church for one more hypocrite.”