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The good news for the day July 26

Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time (402)

Jesus dismissed the crowds and went inside. His students came up to him and said, “Explain to us the image of the weeds in the field.” Jesus answered, “Someone sowing good seed is The Human, the field is the world, the good seed refers to the families of the realm of what is right. The weeds are the families of what is wrong, and the enemy who sows them is the Challenger. The harvest is the culmination of what is, and the harvesters are messengers of God. Just as weeds get gathered and burned up, so will it be at the culmination of what is. The Human will send his messengers, and they will collect out of his realm everybody who causes others to err and all people who do wrong. They will throw them into the lit furnace—where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. Then the people who do right will shine like the sun in the realm-community of their Father. Whoever has ears ought to listen.” (Matthew 13)

The explanation that Jesus offers makes sense; it helps you to understand the poem. A poem is allusive—suggestive, rich with meanings beyond one explanation. Perhaps you can examine it from a different perspective–see how this applies to you in a different way. Perhaps you and I can stop thinking of ourselves as “righteous” or “right”—as the “Good Seed, as the “children,” or “family members” with God our Father.

You might consider yourself “The Human” carrying on in this world the sowing of Jesus. Your life sows seed among the people around you—friends, neighbors and acquaintances. You smile or talk. You listen, respond, follow up or stay alert. You are changing your world.

Then you wait for God to send sun and rain. You farm the crop, and know that evil happens—accidents, evil and time—weeds—can work against the good. The Good News is your perseverance—You keep at it. In the end time and reality sift out your crop and the weeds. It is not up to you. You sow. And let God grow what you offer to others.

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