Brothers and Sisters,
The season of the harvest is upon us and soon the trees will be draped with colors like that of Joseph’s robes. Hot apple cider, pumpkins, cornstalks, football, and cooler temps are taking over the landscape that was so recently filled with; lemonade, fireworks, sunglasses, and ice cream. The farmers whose spring and summer were filled with planting, bailing hay, and constant crop reports, have moved into the harvest and the balances of the toils of the year are on the line. Ahead is winter with the bitter cold, falling snow, hot chocolate, and warm fires, but now is the time of the harvest. It is time to turn our labor over to the Lord Most High, and ask for His blessing upon the harvest. Jesus and many of the other teachers in the Bible talked about the harvest.
‘Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’” He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.” Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.”
Just like we will have both weeds and grains grow in the field there are both grains (followers of the Light) and weeds (followers of the dark) in the world, we pray for the weeds to be few and the grain to be bountiful. However, we know that “the workers are few”, so those of us that are followers of the Light (God), need to be willing to go out into the fields as God calls, so that we might; sow, tend, water, and harvest as the Lord directs. May we also be willing to be pruned by the Lord and the Holy Spirt and draw close to Him who gives all things life.
Peace be with you,