Weeding the Wheat
“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away.” Matthew 13:24-25
During the last few months the world has been brought to its knees by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have experienced confusion like we’ve never had before. In the midst of it all, some might have felt afraid, alone or disoriented by the shadows hanging over our world. The COVID-19 pandemic took away some of our loved ones, jobs and income, social relationships. Our plans that we were so looking forward to were altered or changed completely.
Having said that, some of the challenges brought the best out of people. Many have dedicated their time and talents working on the front line of the pandemic, in hospitals, grocery stores, outreach ministries and sanitary stations, all serving the most abandoned and vulnerable in society. Many faith communities have prayed, worshiped, and experienced spiritual communion through the LIVE streaming of Masses. We’ve connected with people close and far who are starving for a spiritual nourishment these days.
For many, these difficult times have been an opportunity to reflect on meaning of life, while asking fundamental questions about purpose, vocation and calling.
God has an amazing plan for us, because he created us, not accidentally, but with purpose. From the beginning God planted the good seed in the field of our lives. The seed of our vocation, the way of life we are meant to live. So why do we struggle so much to clearly see it; and even more hesitantly to answer it with the courage of bringing it into action? It feels like someone “sowed weeds among the wheat”. For some it might be a weed of fear and uncertainty. For others it might be a cycle of addiction, unresolved issues of the past or broken relationships. Whatever it is, it’s real!
Pope Francis once said, “We need to pray that the hearts of these young people might be emptied: emptied of other interests, emptied of other loves, that their hearts might become free”. In order to discover our vocation, our calling, our purpose in life; we have to empty the field of our hearts from the weed. We have to weed the wheat! This is the time of the harvest. This is the time to “Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.” Matthew 13:30
By Jarek Pachocki OMI
Vocation Director – OMI Lacombe Canada
Phone: (905) 522-9828 Ext 305