Often times, when we are trying to go deeper in our spiritual lives, we think we need to uproot every single speck and sprout of a mess. We get so focused on “doing the right thing” and filling our lives with this task, and that prayer, that the burdens pile up instead of blessings. We’ll try and pick up a new practice and fail. We’ll try-and-try to stop a bad habit, but, a year, two years, thirty years later, we still find ourselves falling into the same-old habit. Wouldn’t it be easier if Jesus snapped his fingers and made all those weeds disappear? Why doesn’t he get rid of the thorns in our sides? In the Gospel today, Jesus’ parable of the weeds and the wheat holds a beautiful truth. When the servants ask their master if they should pull up the weeds in the wheat field, the master replies: “No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them.” Maybe Jesus wants us to not worry about “success” as much as he desires us to trust in his providence. Maybe Jesus allows these weeds to grow in our lives because they’re bringing about a deeper reliance on his grace. Can we learn to love ourselves and others with their weed dappled fields of grain? Will we keep striving to overcome sin and unforgiveness or will we let the weeds choke out that wheat? Patient, daily charity can involve a persevering love tougher than a simple swipe of the sickle. And, a swipe of the sickle my drop off the top of the weeds, but it’ll keep the roots all in place. Sometimes going deeper in our spiritual lives doesn’t mean looking perfect or even succeeding, it means rolling up our sleeves and loving amidst the struggles. That might knock the wind out of a lot of worry and allow for the wheat to grow, too. God doesn’t ask for our perfection, he asks for us to receive His perfect love - even in a field riddled with weeds among the wheat.
Peace and All Good,