Father Dan Ferrandiz
For the U Matuna Si Yu’os
ultural background of the story: In the Palestinian culture, honor and shame are very important aspects of life. Families inherit it (shame; honor, even friends and enemies).
In the parable of the weeds, the enemy wants to shame the owner of the field by planting weeds in his field. At harvest time, the presence of the weeds will shame the owner for harvesting wheat and weeds at the same time.
The neighbors expected retaliation from the farmer. But the farmer acted differently. He suffered the shame patiently and even instructed his laborers to let the weeds grow side by side with the wheat until harvest time. The big question is why did he do that?
First, the farmer knew that he had good seeds strong enough to tolerate the weed’s competing for growth and nutrition. Second, at harvest time when weeds are separated from the wheat, the farmer will have grains for his barn and extra income because the weeds gathered can be used as fuel. Third, instead of shaming the farmer, he would have the last laugh because his patience and tolerance with the weeds shamed his enemies.
Practical lessons in life: Understand the WEEDS in life & start nurturing the WHEAT inside us.
The world is a mixture of good and bad people. Each of us is a combination of wheat (goodness) and weeds (badness). The goodness comes from God as our maker (inherent in us) and the bad is the acquired evil in us. At the beginning of creation man was created GOOD (Gen. 1:13) But EVIL entered human nature because of the CHOICE that our first parents made (Rom. 5:12). Good and bad will always mix until the end of the world. Therefore, always check your W-WILL. Understand your Will (desire or choices). Do your desires go with God’s desires?
Likewise, expect that when you choose goodness, the E-EVIL one (devil) will be there to thwart, confuse or destroy your will. Understand how these evil elements will take you into an E-EMOTIONAL override.
Adam and Eve were the first victims. After eating the forbidden fruit their emotions got out of control that made them think they were right. When emotions become the measure of what is true and right, then you begin to justify your acts and begin to see that the goodness or badness of an act depends on the SUBJECTIVE EVALUATION OF GOOD and EVIL. Reasoning becomes subjective. With the subjective thinking, the devil has become successful in the D-DESTRUCTION of the OBJECTIVE TRUTH (that is based on the Universal Principles, unchanging Truths of God) as well as weakening if not eliminating your S-SENSE of RIGHT and WRONG. That is what the weeds do. Destroy the wheat (goodness) in us. Hence, no fruits; no maturity in faith “The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature” (Luke 8:14-15).
The Good News however, is that we also have the W-H-E-A-T in each one of us. But how do we grow and nurture these seeds to maturity?
(To be continued next week- The W-H-E-A-T in US).