The parable of the weeds
From the desk of Ms. Kathleen Cook, Director of Religious Education
Theme: Parable of the Weeds
Scripture: “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.” Matthew 13:40-41
One time Jesus told a story that compared his church to a garden that was infested with weeds. Sometimes there may be people in the church that don’t really belong. They do things that aren’t very loving and they don’t seem to believe what the Bible teaches. They sometimes say hateful things about the other members of the church and try to hurt them. They are like weeds in a garden.
In his story, Jesus said that we shouldn’t worry about pulling up the weeds that grow around us. If we do, we may do more harm than good. He suggests that we leave the weeds for God to take care of – and concentrate on doing what he wants us to do – which is producing good fruit.
Dear Father, help us to love one another and leave the matter of judgment in your hands. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Reflect: If a word or phrase from the Gospel captures your heart, sit quietly for several minutes, repeating it to yourself and asking God to show you how it applies to your life. Or reflect and possibly journal on the following question: Can you identify a good trait in one or two people with whom you do not get along?
Suggested book that compliments today’s Gospel:
The Can Man
Written by Laura E. Williams
Illustrated by Craig Orback
Copyright 2010 Lee & Low Books
Family Discussion: What are some of the little things that we can do in our family that help to make things better for others? Decide on one action to take together. Pray that God will use your action to make a difference in the world. Pray together the Lord’s Prayer.