I'm feeling a bit more connected to my garden, having spent my day off weeding, waiting out a rainstorm, weeding some more, planting some new fan plants in my window boxes (my wave petunias having expired a dramatic, Scarlett O'Hara-type death), and watering (yes, I know it rained.... it wasn't enough). What I didn't do: mow, and weed about 7/8 of the property. It was only one day off!
There is nothing like weeding. Even as the young child of grass-and-tree-and-flower-phobic parents (my mother always claimed to want to cement everything over and paint it green) I loved weeding. It felt spiritual to me... pulling away what is not going to bring forth something beautiful or nourishing, leaving only what is good. Jesus had other ideas, of course.
252627282930He put before them another parable: “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. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’” ~ Matthew 13:24-30
I wonder... would any farmer, then or now, agree with such a strategy? Honestly, I don't know enough about the subject to answer that question. This seems so much more transparently "allegory" than "parable" to me, and an allegory aimed at those who would pass judgment on others. Clearly, there was something going on in Matthew's community (or Mark's) that called for some tough love. For my garden, I reject the strategy outright. For the church... I am willing to listen to reason.
My Beloved and I have had some wonderful time together lately. I'm feeling more connected to her, too.