- Weeds among the wheat
Astonishing parable in Mathew, 13, 24-30. It is asking us
to wait before eliminating the weeds that are mixed with the
wheat, as well in ourselves as in others. And why? Probably,
first of all, because it is hardly not easy to distinguish between
or to untangle the good from the less good.
In the Gospel there is frequently a tendency to sharply oppose
good and evil, good and bad, all or nothing, we are requested
to be "with" if not we are against
In this parable
we are invited to not judge quickly or definitely but instead
we are proposed to let life go on day-by-day basis with its light
and darkness. It is a lesson of humility. Having to face with
the unexpected and the unknown future events, we are invited
to be thoughtful, to listen and to readily welcome the novelty
in life. We have rather to question than to rest on given evidences
that prevent us to move.
If all is evolving, nothing is absolute, even religions and
Churches, then would every thing be comparative? Not at all in
the sense that every thing would be incidental, secondary and
without significance. On the contrary, each event, each moment
can become a source of improvement if a relationship is established.
- What is considered as absolute is a source of division
and separation, what is comparative requires a relation. Our
limits and our questionings, far from being destructive, create
a link with others, open us to what is different and lead us
to a dialogue and collaboration. Even the weeds, object of repulsion
and scandal, sharpen our feelings that another world is possible
and necessary. We are then encouraged to struggle for more justice
- To be alive is to accept to work in an imperfect world,
with the present knowledge and possibilities either evident or
often vague and obscured. The truth is not given to us; it is
life that leads us, step by step, towards it. Consequently it
is not wise to judge too early, but to wait for the harvest in
order to evaluate better what has to be promoted and what has
to be rejected. By making a decision too quickly we could stop
a possible evolution and let the people in their present difficult
situation. It is important to be able to react to an unpredicted
event. As we have a limited knowledge, we have to balance both
keeping what is working and ready for new perspectives.
It is by always being in relation with a constantly changing
world and aware of the different opinions that we can progress
in life and in truth at the light of the Good News from Jesus.
John in his Gospel wrote that who is on the side of the truth
comes to the light (3, 21). Rather than to stay enclosed in frozen
convictions, we are called to stay alive, with humanity and to
be open to the breath of the Spirit.