Remember that you are Wheat (though set amongst some nasty weeds!) Sermon from Sunday, 23 July 2017
Jesus' parable of the weeds and the wheat (Mt. 13:24-30,36-43) is not only a challenge for those who like to keep their lives neat and well-organized -- no matter what you do, the story goes, sometimes there are weeds in your neat and tidy field of wheat -- but it's also an invitation to live, truly live as Christ has called us and God has created us. Christian spirituality is not just about feeling good and feeling God's presence when life is going well and everything is happy and pleasant. Actually, Christian spirituality is kind of like being a stalk of wheat in a field of weeds. Initially, the seed of wheat and the seed of this weed -- maybe the wheat grass called 'darnel', an ancient invasive weed that in its seed form and in its early stages looks a lot like wheat -- look the same, act the same, appear to be the very same. But there's one big difference, apparently: God has set it up so that the wheat grows taller, stronger, thicker, firmer, and has a larger head of fruit when fully grown. It takes a lot of discipline and determination to flourish as that stalk of wheat, certainly when surrounded by the potentially invasive and even harmful species called 'darnel,' but that's what God has designed us, created us to do. God has created us, and Christ has called us to grow strong, tall, and flourish with great bountiful fruit. And yet sometimes we realize this reality in the hard times, the dark times, the difficult times. Perhaps that's what it means, Fr. Greg says, to be a stalk of wheat in a world filled up with weeds.
Sermon from Sunday, 23 July 2017 Proper 11a
Psalm 139: 1-11, 22-23