Contemplating Jesus


Posted on by Lucinda M. Vardey

Jesus provides us with many descriptions of the kingdom of heaven.  The parable of a man who sowed good seed in his field and while asleep “an enemy” came and surreptitiously sowed weeds among the wheat, is a teaching about the challenges of faith.    When the servant discovers what has happened and suggests to his master an early weeding of the field, the master explains that because the wheat will get uprooted along with the weeds, it is better to leave them both to grow together.  Then at harvest time they will be divided, the weeds burned and the wheat “gathered into my barn.”  (Matthew 13:24-30)

Seeds are a metaphor Jesus uses frequently to make a number of points. This particular parable seems to portray life in general with an emphasis on waiting on God especially when the appearance of weeds provokes a hurried decision.    It also provides direction for a person’s spiritual maturity.

The underlying message in the writings of medieval mystic and scholar, Meister Eckhart, is that to spiritually mature is to become purely “nothing.”  By this he means rendering conceptions of our life and perceptions of our identity.  For example, if we consider we know something, or own something or want something, we are far from “pure in spirit.”  The pure in spirit are happy therefore to grow into their fullness in God in the place they are put, and in the time it takes in spite of their own imperfections in relating to the difficulties of life.   In short, the pure in spirit find the freedom to live unhindered by desire.

The pure in spirit Jesus said are blessed for the kingdom of God is theirs.  (ref: Matthew 5:3). Could it be theirs because they are content with never knowing how God will work it?  And is it theirs because they have come to an unwavering trust in the ways of God, and the belief that God works it all to the good in the end?

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