SEED VERSUS WEEDS
Last Sunday gospel reading presented us with the parable of the sower and today the Lord gives interpretation of it and went further with the parable of the weeds. Every time we gather and share the WORD of GOD, seeds are sown in various places, good soil, pathways, rocky grounds etc. and the growth of the seed is primarily dependent on the type of soil or soul where it fell. A hardened heart will not bulge each and every day he hears the WORD of GOD. A materialistic and worldly person will let in the distractions and business of this place but never allow the seed to grow. The same applies to those who allow hardship, sickness, problems and circumstantial setbacks to choke the sown seed. We as Christians also cooperate in the work of sowing of seeds as we train, groom, teach, inculcate, educate, and propagate the teachings of Christ to our children, colleagues, community and society. Some people instead of sowing good seed end up planting weeds in the vineyard to cause confusion and division. We are admonished to sow with a view to righteousness and reap in accordance with kindness. (Hosea 10:12) It has to be a continuous sowing morning and evening because we do not know whether morning or evening sowing will succeed, or whether both of them alike will be good. (Ecclesiastes 11:6) We only have to shun the sowing of weeds and bad seeds of rancor, bitterness, anger, division, hatred, jealousy, envy, greed, avarice etc., for he who sows iniquity will reap vanity. And the rod of his fury will perish. (Proverbs 22:8) Be aware that you cannot plant seed with closed fists. To sow, we must open our hands." Adolfo Perez Esquivel. "If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me”- William Shakespeare. Remember, whether we sowed good seed or bad one or weed, the day of harvest awaits us all. The Day of Judgment will determine the rewards of our labors in a just way.
BY REV. FR. STEVE OSCAR OKEKE