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Weeds among the wheat



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Weeds among the wheat

grain et ivraie 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. 

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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 and solidarity.
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.
Bonne Nouvelle 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.