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Matthew 13:29-30 But [the master] replied, “No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”
This is a perfect image for our ambiguous selves and world. The older I get, the less black and white things become. I’ve discovered that good people can enable or undertake immoral actions, that so-called “misbehavers” can open up space for the rest of us to breathe more easily. And slowly—very slowly—I am also learning the wisdom of the master’s advice: Sometimes it is best to wait a season or two before passing judgment.
MOVING FORWARD: Consider your own field of weeds and wheat, their intertwined roots, and the ways they share and compete for resources. What does it mean to allow both to grow?
Today the Church remembers Jackson Kemper, First Missionary Bishop in the United States, 1870.