Jesus explained the parable of the “weeds in the field” to His disciples. The good seed are the children of the kingdom, the weeds are the children of the evil one, the devil, and the harvesters are the angels. At the final judgement, Christ will separate the evil from the good and all who are evil will be thrown into the fires of hell.
What else is Jesus telling us in the parable of the “weeds in the field”? Why does He let weeds grow alongside the good seed? Jesus is telling His disciples and us, how we are to deal with the reality of evil in the world, with patience, tolerance and trust in God. God will deal with the weeds at the “end of the age,” that is, at the final judgment.
In our human frailty, we all have weeds as well as good seed in our own lives. The “good seed” in our lives is following Jesus and living as Christians. The “weeds” are the times we sin in thought, word or deed against God and each other. However, Jesus is patient with us, because He does not want to damage the “good seed” in our lives, just to rid us of the “weeds.”
We place our trust in Jesus’ patience and tolerance, knowing that He will always give us another chance to amend our lives when “weeds” appear. That is why He gives us the Sacrament of Reconciliation, so that we can change and amend our lives, and be rid of any growing “weeds.” Jesus is also telling us that we must be patient and tolerant with others, as He is patient and tolerant with us.
Saint Paul echoes Jesus desire for patience and tolerance in His letter to the Galatians, “Let us never be boastful, or challenging, or jealous toward one another. Help carry one another’s burdens; in that way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
We must be willing to give others another chance, just as Jesus is willing to give us another chance. What Jesus wants, is for us to act like Him, only then we can truly call ourselves Christians. Then, we will be “wheat” from “good seed,” not “weeds,” at harvest time.