How patient the Lord is with each of us. In his patience, the Lord allows both weeds and wheat to grow together, both saints and sinners to respond to salvation in the Kingdom (Mt 13:24-43).
In our Gospel this week we see that "the weeds in the parable can be regarded as unrepentant evildoers who refuse to repent and ultimately are winnowed out for condemnation. However, the weeds can also be viewed as our imperfections. The Church is composed of sinners who struggle, some of whom strive to lead virtuous lives. They are on the path to salvation and holiness but have not yet arrived. In this parable then, the weeds of sinfulness and wheat of sanctity will coexist in each of us until the end of time. Our own fruitfulness and keeping the word of God is determined by our desire and eagerness for a close friendship with Christ and fidelity to his teaching" (commentary from The Didache Bible).
As we sing in the Psalm this week, the Lord is "good and forgiving" (Psalm 86). Further, as we hear in the First Reading, he is "lenient to all, desiring repentance for our sins (cf Wisdom 12:13, 16-19).
He sends his Spirit to aid us, to strengthen us in our weakness as St. Paul teaches us in the Second Reading. (Romans 8:26-27)
So let us ask the Lord to Weed out sin in Our hearts, and do not become discouraged if you see so many weeds among the wheat. The harvest will come, and in the end, the Weeds will be pulled. In the mean time pray, work, and live that you might be counted among the wheat, the righteous children of God who "will shine like the Sun in the kingdom of their Father" (Matthew 13:43).
God bless you all,
Father Robert Letona