The Final Harvest

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Mt 13:24-30, 36-43*

24 Jesus told them another parable: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like this. A man sowed good seed in his field.

25 One night, when everyone was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away.

26 When the plants grew and the ears of corn began to form, then the weeds showed up.

27 The man’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, it was good seed you sowed in your field; where did the weeds come from?’

28 ‘It was some enemy who did this,’ he answered. ‘Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?’ they asked him.

29 ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because as you gather the weeds you might pull up some of the wheat along with them.

30 Let the wheat and the weeds both grow together until harvest. Then I will tell the harvest workers to pull up the weeds first, tie them in bundles and burn them, and then to gather in the wheat and put it in my barn.’ ”

36 When Jesus had left the crowd and gone indoors, his disciples came to him and said, “Tell us what the parable about the weeds in the field means.”

37 Jesus answered, “The man who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man;

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