“He put another parable before them, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’” (Mt 13:24-30)

In this parable the Lord describes the coexistence of good and bad in this world, both within me, and within the broader society of believers, the Church. Through this parable He prevents unrealistic expectations of our “purity” along the journey to salvation. To be sure, I need to desire perfection and strive for it. But it is in God’s power, not mine, to make perfect and to sanctify, at His pace and in His time.

So today I remember that somehow, in ways I may not understand, it is beneficial for me to live with certain “weeds” or shortcomings, both within me and in the context of my Church. As it says here, I not only coexist with these “weeds,” but I “grow” with them: “both grow together,” says Christ, “until the harvest.” I remember today that God can and will remove the “weeds,” in His own time.

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