Weed Patches

This year, I filled a leftover flower basked with artificial flowers and hung it outside my bedroom window. Artificial or not, it looked just fine. People admired it. I admired it.

Suddenly, a few days ago, I spotted a weed which had planted itself among my false plants. It had been there a while because it stood a foot taller than my pretend plants! How did that happen? Why didn’t I spot it before?

Jesus said: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. Some fell along the path, and birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

“Listen to what the parable of the Sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to one who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

(From Mathew 13)

What is growing in your soil, my friend?

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