Jesus’ parable about the wheat and weeds is an allegory for the conflict within ourselves. Through faith we can overcome self-doubt and internalized cultural programming in order to harvest the fruit of our hopes and aspirations.
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Jesus presented another parable to those gathered: “The kingdom of heaven is like a farmer who sowed good seed in a field. While everyone was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then made off. When the crop began to mature and yield grain, the weeds became evident as well. The farmer’s workers came and asked, ‘Did you not sow good seed in your field? Where are the weeds coming from?’ The farmer replied, ‘I see an enemy’s hand in this.’ They in turn asked, ‘Do you want us to go out and pull them up?’ ‘No, replied the farmer, ‘if you pull up the weeds you might take the wheat along with them.’ Let them grow together until the harvest, then at harvest time I will order the harvesters first to collect the weeds and bundle them up to burn, then to gather the wheat into my barn.’”
O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.
You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely.
You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.
Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.
If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts.
See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
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