In my more unrealistic and simplistic moments I dream about a world were the nasty people learn the error of their ways and walk and act rightly, appropriately. Silly, I know, in particular when we think about what Jesus says in our Gospel selection today.
Just like Jesus says "you will always have the poor with you" so he indicates today that we will also always have, entangled with and within us, those he entitles "weeds." And Jesus says something interesting in regard to these weeds: we shouldn't remove them, but live with them. He says that these weeds will be taken care of in due time and that we should not uproot our own selves in order to get rid of the weeds, for they are entangled with us.
We have our assignment, our role, our duties to live in and assist in the creation of this kingdom Jesus is talking about, and we should live into those and not worry about the weeds. That is a tall order for they are enmeshed with us. This instruction by Jesus is one that requires, at least for me, daily reminding and work.
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