Of Wheat And Weeds

In every field where wheat grows, there will be weeds. There will always be more wheat than there are weeds; just as there is more goodness in the world than there is evil. Still, evil is very real and it exists in the world.

It is evil that there are terrorists who prey on the innocent and the defenseless to strike fear into the hearts of their enemies. It is evil there are bankers who will demand their pound of flesh in interest payments, even if it means imposing severe conditions on a whole nation. It is evil that businessmen wantonly destroy and ravish nature in their pursuit of ever increasing profits. It is evil that there are people who will not spare even a moment’s thought and just go ahead and harm and even kill people.

But still there is more good than evil in this world. That we are still around and have not self-destructed is a testament to men’s inherent goodness. There is goodness and love in the millions of couples who daily struggle to provide a loving home where to raise their children. There is goodness and dedication in teachers who toil everyday to teach the young and the ignorant. There is goodness and generosity in the many doctors who spend long hours everyday to heal the sick and keep people healthy. There is goodness and creativity in builders and engineers who constantly find and devise ways of making our world a safer, cleaner and better place to live in. There is goodness and heroism in the many people who cross the street to reach out and help neighbors in need.

As a human being with the the capacity to choose, I can be either a stalk of wheat or a weed. I have chosen not to add to the pain and misery in this world. I have chosen to give love instead of hatred. I have chosen to be a force for good rather than of evil. And for the moments that I have not been faithful to my choice, I trust in the Lord’s kindness and mercy.

The Lord is kind and merciful.
~ Psalm 103
Jesus dismissed the crowds and went into the house.
His disciples approached him and said,
“Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man,
the field is the world, the good seed the children of the Kingdom.
The weeds are the children of the Evil One,
and the enemy who sows them is the Devil.
The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire,
so will it be at the end of the age.
The Son of Man will send his angels,
and they will collect out of his Kingdom
all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.
They will throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun
in the Kingdom of their Father.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”
Matthew 13:36-43
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