Today’s Gospel

Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and Associates

Let us listen attentively to this gospel account of Jesus’ explanation of the Parable of the Weeds in the Field. Too often we hear this passage and focus on Jesus’ ministry, his teaching and his healing as he walked this earth. Yet there is something deeper here when Jesus mentions “the Son of Man”.

Christ, the Son of Man, is the divine presence incarnate and born of Mary, in the person of Jesus. The reality of the humanity and divinity of Jesus the Christ cannot be separated. We profess and believe that Christ, the Christic presence dwells in Trinity, and always was, always is and always will be.

And so, when Jesus said, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world, the good seed the children of the Kingdom.” Jesus is speaking to the creation of the world, of good seed being sown into the children of the Kingdom. The Kingdom does not begin with Jesus. The Christ, Incarnate Jesus, was present in the Trinity before creation came to be.

Jesus continues to explain the presence of evil and how evil, imaged as weeds, is sown but for those who are in right-relationship will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of God. May we have the ears and the hearts to grasp the expansive and all-embracing presence of Trinitarian and Christic love that has created all things and has loved us into being.

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