He who sows good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world, the
good seed the children of the Kingdom. The weeds are the children of the
Evil One, and the enemy who sows them is the Devil. The harvest is the
end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. Just as weeds are collected
and burned up with fire, so it will be at the end of the age.
The sorting of the weeds and the wheat is not a job for
humanity but for the angels—and its proper time is at the
end of all. Meanwhile our roots are dangerously entangled,
weeds and wheat all together; we are, in fact, inseparable,
and at times, indistinguishable. Whatever or whoever the
weeds are, Jesus calls us to humility and insists that we
leave judgment and justice to God.
Psalm 79:8, 9, 11 and 13
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