Jesus compares good people to wheat and bad people to weeds.
The kingdom is like a field of weeds and wheat. The kingdom of God no less. We’re hardly able to cope with the sinfulness of the Church!
Where is this kingdom? It’s already here, it’s in the Church, the Church that contains, and always will contain saint and sinner.
I have a choice; do I give power to the sinner or to the saint? The weeds or the wheat? “Look not on our sins but on the faith of your Church…” we pray in every Mass.
You’d think that Jesus didn’t teach the parable of the weeds and wheat.
At times you’d be forgiven for thinking that he didn’t teach at all, never said a word.
You’d think he wasn’t betrayed by somebody who shared his table.
You’d think he didn’t die between two thieves.
You’d think he didn’t describe the kingdom for us.
And yet, after all Jesus teaching, we still expect the Church to be different?
You’d think that the incarnation never happened at all!
That’s my point – many people seem to attempt to believe without Jesus Christ and his teaching!
Is it any wonder that so many fall away?
You’d never know that He told us it was going to be like this.
Of course weeds are dangerous if they get out of control.
But the best way to deal with weeds is a reminder that in the end there’s judgment. Dare I say it: Hell! The weeds are thrown on the fire and burnt.
How can there be Mercy without Justice? Justice is the very precondition of Mercy. Mercy is undoubtedly God’s greatest attribute but that presupposes Justice.
Do we really think that God bestows Mercy forcibly? Did Jesus?
God will never – never – superimpose Godself or his Mercy on our freedom.
We must use our freedom to receive Mercy, that’s its purpose.
Divine Justice just is, it’s the default position, but Mercy is our choice, always.