Rev. Moon’s Message for July 23, 2023

“Parable of the Wheat and the Tares” by Dutch painter Abraham Bloemaert (1566–1651); from the collection of the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; taken from the Wikimedia Commons.

Dear friends,

This Sunday we will meditate on the parable of the weeds found in the gospel of Matthew.

24 He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field, 25 but while everybody was asleep an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and then went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. 27 And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ 28 He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29 But he replied, ‘No, for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. 30 Let both of them grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”

Matthew 13:24–30

I love the way Jesus teaches about faith, God, and life. His parable of the weeds encourages deep contemplation about the complexities and challenges we face as human beings. Jesus through the parable of the weeds asks, “What insights can we gain from our human struggles, and what valuable lessons do they hold for us?”

May the Holy Spirit deepen our understanding of God’s teaching.

We regret that there was an issue with the audio in the video last week. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by this audio problem.

—Rev. Chuck Moon

A version of this message appeared in the Friday, July 21, 2023 edition of Tidbits.