Thursday, 2nd Week after Pentecost

Text: Matthew 13:24-30

Prayer Pointers:

For patience with others

For courage to grow and change

For those who work fields

This section of Matthew is filled with some of Jesus’ most famous parables, and the chapter emphasizes the point by declaring that Jesus did not teach publicly, except by parables, so that his hearers would not by their own wisdom gain the kingdom (Matt 13:10-13).

The parable of the wheat and tares is a good example of what Jesus is doing. Interpreting it by our own wisdom, we can only conclude that it is misguided. No farmer lets weeds grow unchecked in his fields. No harvester expends the effort to gather useless weeds first and bundle them together. When we expand the parable and use it to talk about evil in the world, we see the (quite natural) urge to expunge evil in our midst, to cast out those weeds that grow among us.

No, the parable only holds together when Jesus, the Son of God, is at its center. Only the Lord, who sees all hearts, perceives all ends, and who by his death and Resurrection has taken the mystery of evil into himself, can exercise just rule and judgement. Our judgments are always provisional, tentative, resting in the grace of the One who is our hope.

As we continue to struggle together as a nation, let us remember the words of the Russian philosopher Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who wrote

Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either—but right through every human heart—and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. And even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained. And even in the best of all hearts, there remains … an un-uprooted small corner of evil.

Whomever you meet today, remember that he or she is struggling with the line—just as you are—and hold your hand from harvesting.

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


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824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.