Matthew 13:24-30 Wheat and weeds growing together in the field

Matthew 13:24-30

24He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; 25but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. 26So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. 27And 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?’ 28He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. 30Let 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.’”

  • Light a candle remembering Christ’s presence with you.
  • Spend 5 to 15 minutes in silent meditation using your deep breathing to guide you.
  • Imaging the field of wheat and weeds growing together is a map of your life.  Draw it if you wish.
  • Consider what weeds might be growing in your wheat.
  • What enemy planted the weeds?
  • How might God be at work in the weeds?  If you feel led, invite God into this work.
  • What wheat is growing in your life?
  • How is God at work in the wheat.
  • What is sustaining the field?
  • What is missing in the field?
  • Give thanks to God for those things that are sustaining you.  Invite God into those things that are missing.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, July 17 2011,  the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Genesis 28:10-19a
Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24
Romans 8:12-25
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.

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