A Parable

This blog was written and submitted by Elizabeth Terrill Lavalette, parishioner at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Manchester.

Jesus replied, “ the Son of Man is the farmer who plants the good seed. The field is the world and the good seed represents the people of the Kingdom. The weeds are the people who belong to the evil one. The enemy who planted the weeds among the wheat is the devil. The harvest is the end of the world and the harvesters are the angels.

Just as the weeds are sorted out and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the world. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will remove from his Kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. And the angels will throw them into the fiery furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like sun in their Father’s Kingdom.

Matthew 13:36-43

Every Spring I look forward to planting a new garden. What color flowers will look best? How many do I need? A trip to the garden store brings endless possibilities and choices have to be made. Once the garden is planted, it would nice to be able to sit back and enjoy it.

 But, besides watering, there are the weeds. Trying to keep ahead of the weeds is a constant battle.

Last Sunday as I was sitting at my dining room table, I glanced out the window and noticed all the weeds climbing up the telephone pole across the street. But as I looked closer, the center of the weeds seemed to be in the shape of a dolphin!

Dolphins are very special to me. I have always admired their grace and beauty. My brother drowned at his last stop on the way home from a sailing trip in the Caribbean. My sister-in-law chose to have a burial at sea, since he loved sailing so much. Just after his ashes were thrown overboard, a pod of dolphins surfaced and followed the boat for a few minutes. It was as if they were joining us in saying goodbye to my brother and welcoming him into the ocean.

Seeing that dolphin in the weeds made me think of the time I spent in my garden. When I am weeding, I also get a chance to enjoy the beautiful flowers. And the weeds on the telephone pole gave me a chance to stop and think of my brother.

So if the weeds in the parable represent the evil ones, maybe we should look at people and try to find some good in everyone. It’s easier to avoid someone who is different than us. Let us all vow to try to keep the “evil” ones from the fiery furnace. Let us search for the good and beauty in each person. May we all enjoy people, just as I enjoy the flowers in my garden.

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