July 20

Reflection

If you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them.
Let them grow together until harvest.

 

“Jesus’ parable makes clear that any attempt to root out the weeds will only do more damage to the crop. This has played out far too many times in congregations and denominations, with some determined to root out anyone who does not agree with the “right” interpretation of Scripture, liturgical practice, or stand on a particular issue. There are also those who pronounce judgment on people outside the church — on people of other faiths, for instance — declaring them to be destined for eternal damnation. Whether judgment is focused within the church or without, it does serious damage to the church and its mission.

Jesus makes clear that we simply cannot be certain who is “in” or who is “out.” In fact, God’s judgment about these matters will take many by surprise. Thank God it is not up to us! We can leave the weeding to the angels, and get on with the mission Jesus has given us — proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God drawing near.”
Elizabeth Johnson, Excerpt from commentary.

Prayer

Bless me with the gift of tolerance and inclusion.

Action

Search out your areas of intolerance. Where do you lack a spirit of a inclusion? How do you tend to classify people?

Suggested Reading

Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying:
“The kingdom of heaven may be likened
to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
While everyone was asleep his enemy came
and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.
When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well.
The slaves of the householder came to him and said,
‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field?
Where have the weeds come from?’
He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’
His slaves said to him,
‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds
you might uproot the wheat along with them.
Let them grow together until harvest;
then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters,
“First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning;
but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
Matthew 13:24-30

Class, race, sexuality, gender and all other categories by which we categorize and dismiss each other need to be excavated from the inside.
Dorothy Allison

I think we have to get beyond the idea that we have to categorize people.
Roger Ebert

We are much too much inclined in these days to divide people into permanent categories, forgetting that a category only exists for its special purpose and must be forgotten as soon as that purpose is served.
Dorothy L. Sayers

Humans like nothing more than to pigeonhole the events and phenomena that punctuate their lives.
China Miéville

I have worked really hard to defy categorization, to break down a taxonomy whenever it comes my way.
Rick Moody

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
Theodore H. White

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.
Dolly Parton

You don’t have the power to make life “fair,” but you do have the power to make life joyful.
Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 Don’t Take Anything Personally. Nothing others do is because of you.
Miguel Angel Rui

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